While most people today want marijuana to be legalized, it is still a criminal offense in South Carolina. As a result, when you need a South Carolina marijuana attorney, we stand ready to fight for you if arrested for a marijuana offense. Before deciding which law firm to choose, we invite you to compare our lawyers’ experience and credentials. Then, call to schedule a time to sit down with us to review your case. If you hire us, we promise our best efforts to help you and will honor the trust you place in us. Call now and let’s start your defense.
Our Lawyer Credentials
- Member, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), National Trial Lawyers Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- (2) Former South Carolina Prosecutors
- Former Registered Nurse (RN)
- Licensed to handle cases in both South Carolina and North Carolina
- Offices located in Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Charleston, and Charlotte
- For cases outside of York County, we may associate local lawyers to assist.
We fight all marijuana charges anywhere
in south carolina
Simple Possession and paraphernalia
A first time arrest for simple possession of 1 ounce or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail and a fine of $100-$200. However, you may qualify for a pre-trial conditional release program. If completed, your charges will be dismissed.
Subsequent arrests for simple possession of 1 ounce or less is still a misdemeanor, but the punishment is increased to a maximum sentence of 1 year imprisonment and a maximum fine of $2,000.
- S.C. Code Ann. § 44-53-110 (2015)
- S.C. Code Ann. § 44-53-190(d), 44-53-370(a) (2015)
- S.C. Code Ann. § 44-53-370 (2015)
While it is illegal to manufacture or sell drug paraphernalia, it is now just a “civil citation” punishable by a maximum fine of $500.
distribution or trafficking
Sale or trafficking of marijuana is very serious and is a felony. Here you are facing time in prison and larger fines. South Carolina law make distinctions based on the amount being sold.
Less than 10 pounds:
If arrested with up to 10 pounds of marijuana, you face maximum time in prison of up to 5 years and maximum fine of $5,000.
10 pounds to 100 pounds:
If caught with between 10 pounds and 100 pounds of marijuana, first offense, you face mandatory prison time of 1 year up to 10 years and fines up to $10,000. For a second offense, 5 to 20 years and a maximum fine of $25,000. For a third offense, a mandatory prison sentence of 25 years and a fine of $25,000.
Sale to minors:
If convicted of selling marijuana to a minor, or within a one-half mile radius of a school, public park, or playground, you face a maximum sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of $10,000.
Manufacture or cultivation
Growing, manufacturing, of cultivating marijuana is also very serious and is a felony. And SC does not recognize personal use as a defense. Colorado may be the place you want to be.
Less than 100 plants:
If growing fewer than 100 plants, you face a maximum sentence of up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
100 to 1,000 plants:
If arrested with between 100 and 1,000 plants, you face mandatory minimum prison time of 25 years and a fine of $25,000.
1,000 to 10,000 plants:
If caught with between 1,000 and 10,000 plants, you are facing a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 25 years and a maximum fine of $50,000.
More than 10,000 plants:
If growing more than 10,000 plants, you face mandatory prison time of 25 years and a maximum fine of $200,000.
ROBERT j. REEVES
Robert Reeves is a seasoned trial lawyer with over 28 years of experience in both criminal and civil courts. Working as a team, our firm stands ready to go the distance.
Zachary e. Fry
Zac Fry is a former South Carolina prosecutor who now aggressively fights for those individuals who are accused of a crime.
Thomas W. Holland, Sr.
Tom Holland is a 24 year veteran trial lawyer and a former South Carolina prosecutor. In addition, he was General Counsel for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.