Drug Trafficking Penalties in South Carolina
The penalties for a drug trafficking conviction in South Carolina are extremely stringent. They can include:
- Trafficking Marijuana: more than ten pounds, but less than one hundred pounds:
- First offense: One to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines;
- Five to 20 years in prison and $15,000 in fines for a second offense trafficking charge;
- 25 years in prison and $20,000 in fines for a third or subsequent offense.
If you are charged with trafficking over one hundred pounds of marijuana your possible conviction can result in up to 30 years in prison and $200,000 in fines.
Cocaine Trafficking: depending upon the amount, penalties for trafficking less than one hundred grams:
- First offense: three to ten years in prison and $25,000.00 in fines;
- Second offense: five to thirty years in prison and a $50,000.00 fine
- Third offense or subsequent offense: twenty five to thirty years in prison and a $50,000.00 fine.
If you are charged with trafficking over one hundred grams of cocaine your possible conviction can result in up to thirty years in prison and a $200,000.00 fine.
Under Federal Law, anyone who uses, possesses, or carries a firearm during or in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime is subject to a five year mandatory consecutive term of imprisonment.
If you are convicted of carrying a firearm, five years will be added to your sentence and it may not be served consecutively with any other count.
Bubba Cromer, drug trafficking lawyer, at Cromer Law Offices, LLC is dedicated to protecting the rights of his clients, providing aggressive representation grounded in his 26 years of experience building, writing and interpreting the laws of South Carolina. In fact, Bubba Cromer served on the House Judiciary Committee, whose job it was to address many of the drug laws on the books today. Contact him today if you have been arrested.