Casual marijuana use has remained widespread for many decades. Although it is very common, it is still illegal in South Carolina to grow, possess or distribute marijuana (also known as “pot” or “Mary Jane”). There is no provision in South Carolina laws for the use of marijuana for medical purposes as there is in a number of other states.
Possessing even one marijuana plant — or any amount of marijuana — can trigger an arrest.
Criminal charges involving marijuana range from simple possession, a misdemeanor punishable by fines of $1,000 and/or up to six months in jail, with fines and jail times increasing up to one year and up to $2,000 when larger amounts and/or repeat offenses are involved. Sales and trafficking of marijuana are generally felonies that can result in prison sentences lasting many years.
A marijuana possession conviction — even if you believe it is a very minor crime — will leave you with a criminal record. A drug crime on your record can hinder your aspirations of a college education, with your chances of financial aid eliminated. A drug crime conviction can bar you from many potential careers.
Do your part to protect your freedom and your future. The best attainable outcome is always our goal for our marijuana possession defense clients at our law firm. We cannot promise a particular outcome, but we do pledge our best efforts based on years of experience.
Many satisfied clients refer our law firm to others who face marijuana possession charges and other criminal matters.
If Monckton, Hembree & Humphries Law Firm, P.A., represents you after you have been charged with possession of marijuana, our attorneys will explore the facts of your case in detail. As we learn all we can about the circumstances of your arrest, your background and other key factors, we will craft a defense strategy designed to maximize your chances for a good outcome, such as:
We represent tourists, students, juveniles and adults through all stages of a marijuana possession criminal prosecution. At every step of the way, we concentrate on protecting you from the risk of prison or other severe punishment while looking out for your long-term interests.
To learn more about the scope of our practice, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Monckton, Hembree & Humphries Law Firm, P.A.