Category: Drug Charges

DUI – Vertical Gaze Nystagmus

During a typical DUI related traffic stop, the officer will perform what is called Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST’s) on the driver.  The only three tests that have been approved (standardized) by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), Walk and Turn, and One-Leg Stand.  NHTSA conducted extensive research [..]

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Marijuana Laws in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Possession of marijuana is still illegal in every part of South Carolina, despite great strides towards legalization being made in other parts of the country.  Simple possession of less than an ounce still carries up to 30 days in jail for a first offense or six months in jail for a second offense, and possession [..]

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South Carolina Expungement Laws

The effects of even a minor conviction such as a DUI or simple possession of marijuana can follow a person for the rest of their life, like a scarlet letter or brand that every potential employer will see, and that every police officer will see during even the most minor traffic stops.  Once a person’s [..]

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Drug Possession/ Distribution/ Trafficking in South Carolina

Possession of Drugs Penalties at law for possession/distribution of drugs may include fines, imprisonment, and suspension of your driver’s license. Additionally, both misdemeanor and felony drug charges become part of your criminal record so the effects of drug charges can be everlasting. Simple Possession of Marijuana Defined For simple possession of marijuana, the accused is [..]

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Possession of Drugs

In South Carolina, illegal drugs and non-prescribed narcotics are considered contraband, the mere possession of which is unlawful.  To obtain a conviction of contraband possession must be proven.  The law of possession was distinguished under State v. Hudson, which held that a conviction for the possession of drugs requires proof of possession.  Possession can either be actual or [..]

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Property Seizure for Criminal Activity

CNN has a great report on a hot topic regarding property seizure for criminal activity.  This is a growing problem that has emerged and involves police officers and police departments seizing any property of value during a traffic stop.  You can watch it here and I would encourage you to do so.  It illustrates that although police [..]

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