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Truslow & Truslow Cocaine Possession

If you are facing charges of cocaine possession, you will need strong legal representation to protect your rights. At Truslow & Truslow, we have decades of experience dealing with drug charges and we understand the difficult situation you find yourself in.

We have helped thousands of clients through their legal journey with compassion and care. We realize that good people can make mistakes and we are here to help.

At Truslow & Truslow, we believe that the war on drugs has set many of our community members up for failure. The harsh legal and personal consequences make it very difficult for those charged and their families to ever get back to living a normal life.

You may be facing misdemeanor or even felony charges along with a lot of fines. When facing all of these challenges, you may feel as if everyone has already deemed you guilty.

Truslow & Truslow will treat you with the respect you deserve and will fight for your rights. To begin working with a top-quality Columbia cocaine possession attorney, call us today at (803) 256-6276.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

If you have been charged with cocaine possession, working with an attorney is going to be crucial in obtaining the best possible outcome. Law enforcement and the courts here in South Carolina have taken a tough stance against anyone charged with cocaine possession. As they seem more intent on punishment rather than rehabilitation, you will need to have a strong legal advocate on your side.

An experienced attorney can serve as a watchdog to make sure all the evidence used against you was obtained legally. Additionally, an experienced attorney can seek to have charges dismissed, reduced, or they can seek a plea deal.

If you have been charged with cocaine possession, you may be facing life-altering consequences. Now is not the time to stand alone. Working with a knowledgeable attorney will minimize the disruption to your life your charges will cause.

Why Should I Choose Truslow & Truslow?

At Truslow & Truslow, we pride ourselves on our ability to defend the rights of all citizens who call South Carolina home. We have deep roots in our community and we are committed to advocating for everyone, regardless of the charges they face.

When facing criminal drug charges, you do not want to work with just any attorney. With so much on the line, choosing to work with an experienced and successful criminal defense lawyer is the best choice you can make.

Our founding partner, Douglas N. Truslow, has been fighting for the rights of South Carolinians since 1975. As an Assistant Solicitor in Richland and Kershaw Counties, Doug was in charge of the Major Crimes unit. This unique experience enables Doug to have a deep understanding of all sides of criminal law. This is an understanding that he shared with his son, Neal D. Truslow, when they formed our firm in 2009.

Neal and Doug are both proud graduates of both the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina law school.

With over 50 years of experience, Truslow has become one of the most trusted names in South Carolina law. Working with Truslow & Truslow gives you a fighting chance when facing serious drug charges. We have advocated for thousands of our community members here in South Carolina and we can help you next. We will work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.

Types of Cocaine Charges in South Carolina

Because cocaine is a heavily restricted schedule I narcotic, being convicted of possession, distribution, or trafficking of cocaine can bring severe consequences. Penalties range from small fines and covering court costs to paying up to $200,000 in fines and serving a maximum 30-year prison term.

Penalties can vary based on the amount of cocaine in your possession and whether you have any previous charges. Charges you may face for cocaine possession include:

  • Misdemeanor: A first offense possession of less than one gram of cocaine is considered a misdemeanor.
    • Punishment may include up to $5,000 in fines and up to 3 years in prison.
  • Felony: Second and any subsequent offenses for possession of less than one gram of cocaine are considered felonies in South Carolina.
    • A second offense can bring up to $7,500 in fines and imprisonment of up to 5 years.
    • A third offense can bring up to $12,500 in fines and imprisonment of up to 10 years.
    • If you are in possession of 10 grams or more of cocaine at the time of your arrest, you will automatically be facing felony charges of possession with intent to distribute.

Defending Your Possession of Cocaine Charges

A strong legal defense is absolutely essential to avoid harsh penalties for possession of cocaine. An experienced attorney will do their due diligence to make sure that law enforcement has proceeded properly and that there are no irregularities in your case. Common defense strategies include:

  • Errors by Law Enforcement: A seasoned attorney who fully understands the law can ensure that law enforcement has not acted improperly. There is a possibility that your charges resulted from an error in the investigation process or from incorrect information from an informant. These errors should not lead to you paying fines or serving any jail time.
  • Violations of your rights: Even though you are accused of a crime, you are entitled to certain rights under U.S. law. Law enforcement may have violated your rights during your investigation, during a search of your property, during the seizure of drugs, or during your arrest. If it is found that your rights were violated at all during this process, evidence obtained by law enforcement may be suppressed.
  • Leniency: If you have no prior convictions, a veteran attorney may be able to advocate for leniency on your behalf. First-time offenders can enter substance abuse treatment or take other steps to avoid jail sentences. Working with an attorney with a track record of success can ensure that your defense takes the most appropriate route.

Possible Outcomes of Working with a Cocaine Possession Attorney

Courts in South Carolina take any charges involving cocaine very seriously because the state has become a link in the distribution chain for international drug networks. Working with our firm will ensure that you are not subjected to harsh punishments as the state wrestles with systemic drug policy issues. Our team will make sure you have the best opportunity to get your life back on track after facing your charges.

Facing a legal battle alone is never a good idea, especially if you are facing criminal drug charges. Cases of this type can be incredibly complex, so working with an experienced attorney is the smartest option in pursuing a favorable outcome. A skilled attorney can build a case that keeps you out of prison or from paying heavy fines. Possible outcomes you could achieve by working with an attorney include:

  • Get your charges completely dismissed
  • Obtain a not guilty ruling from a judge or jury
  • Negotiate a reduction of charges
  • Convince a judge or prosecutor to be lenient in your case

You may feel helpless when you’re facing serious drug charges. However, working with an experienced firm like Truslow & Truslow can bring you confidence. We will build a strong case for you and work to keep your life from being completely derailed by fines and prison sentences.

What is Constructive Possession?

In South Carolina, it is possible to be charged with constructive possession of cocaine. What this means is you can be charged if you are found to be in a situation where you are deemed to have legal control over the drug.

For example, if you are traveling and TSA finds cocaine in your suitcase, you can be charged with constructive possession. This doctrine is broad and can cover many situations. Individuals have been charged with constructive possession after cocaine was found in:

  • A home, vehicle, social clubs, or bars they own;
  • Hotel and other rental properties where they were a guest
  • Packages addressed to the individual
  • Purses or wallets of their guests or passengers

An individual’s close association with people who are in possession of cocaine can, in some cases, be enough to establish constructive possession charges. However, it must be proven that the individual had the power and intent to control the substance, and that they had the knowledge that it was cocaine. If you have been charged with constructive possession, consult with an attorney right away because these can be very serious charges.

Contact a Columbia Cocaine Possession Attorney Today

If you are suspected of or have been charged with possession of cocaine, it is critical that you contact an attorney right away. Our state judicial system and law enforcement take the possession of cocaine very seriously and often pursue harsh charges.

Your case may even involve state and federal law enforcement in addition to local authorities. All of this may be overwhelming and make for a seemingly hopeless situation.

At Truslow & Truslow, we understand that even the best of people can make mistakes. We will treat you with respect and dignity and we will fight for your rights. We will not allow you to be another victim of the failed war on drugs.

Working with our compassionate team is your best opportunity of having your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. Our firm has decades of experience in criminal defense and can build an excellent case on your behalf. To begin working with a Columbia cocaine possession attorney, call us today at (803) 256-6276.

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