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Being charged with drug crimes carry severe penalties including jail time, high fines, and loss of employment among others.  This detailed chart below can generally explain the consequences of a drug conviction.  Often these fines will actually be higher as the Court costs are added depending on the County the drug charge occurred.

Drug Possession Charges

All possession charges are in General Sessions Court except for Simple Possession of Marijuana 1st which is handled in Magistrate Court or Municipal Court depending on the jurisdiction of the arrest. The South Carolina Drug laws are summarized in this table.

DrugFines*Jail Time
Poss. Marijuana 1st (under one oz.)$100-$2000-30 days
Poss. Marijuana 2nd (under one oz.)$200-$1,0000-1 year
Poss. Cocaine 1st$0-$5,0000-3 years
Poss. Cocaine 2nd$0-$75000-5 years
Poss. Cocaine 3rd$0-$12,5000-10 years
Poss. LSD/Heroin 1st$0-$5,0000-2 years
Poss. LSD/ Heroin 2nd$0-$5,0000-5 years
Poss. LSD/ Heroin 3rd$0-$5,0000-10 years
Poss. Crack/ Crank/ Meth 1st$0-$5,0000-3 years
Poss. Crack/ Crank/ Meth 2nd$0-$7,5000-5 years
Poss. Crack/ Crank/ Meth 3rd$0-$12,5000-10 years
Poss. Marijuana (over 1 oz) 1st$0-$1,0000-6 mos.
Poss. Marijuana (over 1 oz) 2nd$0-$2,0000-1 year
Poss. Other (Schedule I-V) 1st$0-$1,0000-6 mos.
Poss. Other (Schedule I-V) 2nd$0-$2,0000-1 year

 

Possession with Intent to Distribute and Distribution (PWID)

All are in General Sessions Court

DrugFines*Jail TimeNotes
PWID Schedule I-III (Includes Marijuana) 1st$0-$5,0000-5 years
PWID Schedule I-III (Includes Marijuana) 2nd$0-$10,0000-10 years
PWID Schedule I-III (Includes Marijuana) 3rd$0-$20,0005-20 years85%; No suspended sentence or probation can be given, unless all prior convictions are only possessions.
PWID Cocaine/ LSD/ Heroin 1st$0-$25,0000-15 years
PWID Cocaine/LSD/Heroin  2nd$0-$50,0005-30 years85%; Serious
PWID Cocaine/ LSD/ Heroin 3rd$0-$50,00010-30 years85%; Serious; No suspended sentence or probation can be given, unless ALL prior convictions are only possessions.
PWID Crank/Meth 1st$0-$25,0000-15 years
PWID Crank/Meth 2nd$0-$50,0005-30 years85%; Serious
PWID Crank/ Meth 3rd$0-$50,00010-30 years85%; Serious; No suspended sentence or probation can be given, unless all prior convictions are only possessions.
PWID Crack 1st$0-$25,0000-15 years
PWID Crack 2nd$0-$50,0005-30 years85%; Serious
PWID Crack 3rd$0-$50,00010-30 years85%; Serious; No suspended sentence or probation can be given, unless all prior convictions are only possessions.

 

Trafficking

All of these drug offenses are violent, serious and no suspended sentence of probation can be given. They are prosecuted in General Sessions Court.

DrugAmount of drugFines*Jail TimeNotes
Trafficking Marijuana 1st10-100 lbs$0-$10,0001-10 years
Trafficking Marijuana 2nd10-100 lbs$0-$15,0005-20 years85%
Trafficking Marijuana 3rd10-100 lbs$0- $25,00025 years
Trafficking Cocaine 1st10-28 grams$0-$25,00003-10 years
Trafficking Cocaine 2nd10-28 grams$0-$50,0005-30 years85%
Trafficking Cocaine 3rd10-28 grams$0-$50,00025-30 years85%
Trafficking Cocaine 1st28-100 grams$0-$50,0007-25 years85%
Trafficking Cocaine 2nd28-100 grams$0-$50,0007-30 years85%
Trafficking Cocaine 3rd28-100 grams$0-$50,00025-30 years85%
Trafficking Cocaine100-200 grams$0-$50,00025 years85%
Trafficking Cocaine200-400 grams$0-$100,00025 years85%
Trafficking Cocaine400 or more grams$0-$200,00025-30 years85%
Trafficking Meth/ Crank/ Crack 1st10-28 grams$0-$25,0003-10 years
Trafficking Meth/ Crank/ Crack 2nd10-28 grams$0-$50,0005-30 years85%
Trafficking Meth/ Crank/ Crack 3rd10-28 grams$0-$50,00025-30 years85%
Trafficking Meth/ Crank/ Crack 1st28-100 grams$0-$50,0007-25 years85%
Trafficking Meth/ Crank/ Crack 2nd28-100 grams$0-$50,0007-30 years85%
Trafficking Meth/ Crank/ Crack 3rd28-100 grams$0-$50,00025-30 years85%
Trafficking Meth/ Crank/ Crack 1st100-200 grams$0-$50,00025 years85%
Trafficking Meth/ Crank/ Crack 2nd200-400 grams$0-$100,00025 years85%
Trafficking Meth/ Crank/ Crack 3rd400 or more grams$0-$100,00025-30 years85%
Trafficking Heroin 1st4-14 grams$0-$50,0007-25 years85%
Trafficking Heroin 2nd4-14 grams$0-$100,00025 years85%
Trafficking Heroin14-28 grams$0-$200,00025 years85%
Trafficking Heroin28 grams or more$0-$200,00025-40 years85%

 

Manufacturing

Prosecuted in General Sessions Court.

DrugAmount of DrugFines*Jail TimeNotes
Mfg. Ecstacy (MDMA) 1st100-500 units$0-$20,0003-10 yearsNo suspended sentence or probation can be given
Mfg. Ecstacy (MDMA) 2nd100-500 units$0-$40,0005-30 yearsNo suspended sentence or probation can be given; 85%
Mfg. Ecstacy (MDMA) 3rd100-500 units$0-$50,00025-30 yearsNo suspended sentence or probation can be given; 85%
Mfg. Meth 1st$0-$10,0000-10 yearsViolent
Mfg. Meth 2nd$0-$50,0005-30 yearsViolent; 85%
Mfg. Meth 3rd$0-$50,00010-30 yearsViolent; No suspended sentence or probation can be given; 85%

 

* All fines are subject to additional court costs and fees.

* The reference to “85%” means at least 85% of the prison term must be served. Violent and serious are categories in the statute that help calculate the prison term and have to do with the second/third strike law for life without parole in SC.

There are also collateral consequences involved.  For instance, If you’re a college student, drug crimes can cause you to lose Federal Student aid if convicted of a drug charge. We have great experience representing college students from universities including Carolina Coastal University (CCU) in both their criminal defense in the Conway Municipal Court and their administrative process at school.

Let the attorneys of the Lovely Law Firm use their experience and their tenacity to represent you in your drug charge in Myrtle Beach, Conway, SC or the surrounding areas.

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