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Columbia Heroin Possession Lawyers

A person might be found in possession of heroin for a number of reasons other than personal use or the intent to sell. The drugs in question might have belonged to another person but were simply found on your property, the substance might have been misidentified, or the drugs might have even been planted in an attempt to frame you.

There are also several situations in which a police officer might have conducted an unlawful search and seizure when finding the heroin, violating your Fourth Amendment rights. If you or a loved one has been accused of possessing heroin, there is hope for you to have a fair defense in your legal trial. Contact Truslow & Truslow, a firm with 99% satisfaction ratings and over 50 years of experience, to help you fight your drug crime case.

Why Do I Need an Attorney?

The penalties for heroin drug possession can be severe, including up to $50,000 dollars in fines and up to twenty-five years in prison just for the first offense. Those penalties don’t even include the threats to your reputation and job security that come with a charge of a felony on your record.

The laws surrounding drug crimes are very complex—especially regarding the intricacies of drug possession and Fourth Amendment rights—and are very difficult to navigate on your own. Without an attorney, you are left with your witness and your witness alone to defend your case.

Also, since police investigations can be particularly intense for drug cases, predatory police tactics can cause you to say or confess to something that you later regret. But with the help of a lawyer from a firm with over 50 years of experience such as Truslow & Truslow, you can significantly improve your chances of winning your case and preserving your reputation and financial well-being.

Call us today at (803) 256-6276 for a confidential consultation.

Why Choose Truslow & Truslow?

Truslow & Truslow has decades of experience with drug-related criminal justice cases in South Carolina. With the expertise gained from fighting in over 2,000 cases, Truslow & Truslow is a firm you can trust to help you navigate the complex legal system, avoid legal mistakes, and achieve the best possible result in your trial.

Doug Truslow began practicing law more than 40 years ago. He began his career as a prosecutor who was in charge of the Major Crimes Unit in Richland and Kershaw counties in South Carolina. He went into private practice a few years later and began to defend South Carolina citizens who had been charged with criminal offenses. Doug’s clients have ranged from individuals just like you, professional athletes, and small business owners.

Neal Truslow began practicing law with his father 10 years ago. In addition to his litigation of criminal cases for South Carolina citizens who are facing criminal charges, Neal, also serves as a JAG Officer representing military members who are facing criminal charges in the South Carolina Army National Guard.

Together, Doug and Neal have dedicated themselves to serving the legal needs of everyone who has been charged with a criminal offense, such as heroin possession, and ensuring that they get a fair trial and the best possible outcome. Make use of their extensive knowledge and experience by hiring them today to represent you in your heroin possession case. Contact Truslow & Truslow now to schedule a free consultation about your case.

Types of Drug Offense Cases We Handle

Truslow & Truslow has an award-winning team with over 50 years of experience working with many kinds of drug cases, including heroin possession charges. Below is a list of the three different categories of drug offenses in South Carolina:

  • Possession. This category is the least serious form of drug-related crime, although, in the case of heroin, a person can still be charged with a felony for possession. These charges can apply even if it is a first-time offense. To prove heroin possession, you must have been found with the drug on you (referred to as “actual possession”), or the prosecutor must prove without a doubt that you intended to possess the drug (“constructive possession”).
  • Manufacturing, Distribution, or Possession with the Intent to Distribute. Receiving charges in this category would also be considered a felony in South Carolina. The severity of the charges depends on the amount (weight) of the drug found in your possession and the ability of the prosecution to prove that the drug was for distribution to or was distributed to another person.
  • A charge of drug trafficking is similar to the charges in the previous category but also implies that a person possessed above fourteen grams of heroin. It is the most serious class of drug offense.

Where does heroin fall in the range of drug crimes severity? South Carolina uses a scale of five “schedules” to classify the severity of different drugs, with most dangerous drugs designated as “Schedule I” and the least dangerous as “Schedule V.”  Schedule I drugs have no recognized medical value and have higher instances of addiction and abuse than the other types of scheduled drugs. As the drug schedule number increases, it indicates a lower risk of addiction and abuse and implies more recognized medical uses for that particular drug.

Heroin is considered a Schedule I drug (the most dangerous) and possession of it can result in the following penalties:

  • For Possession: Up to 2 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.00 on the first offense.
  • For Manufacturing, distributing, or possession with the intent to distribute: Up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $25,000.00 on the first offense.
  • For Trafficking: From 7 to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.00 on the first offense.

Penalties can be even more severe if the charge is not your first offense. For these penalties and more information, consult the South Carolina Code of Laws. Any defense attorney from Truslow & Truslow will be very familiar with these codes and will be able to put together the best defense to handle the particular charges made against you.

Defending Your Heroin Possession Charge

Even if you are charged with a severe crime like heroin possession, a competent defense attorney can do several things to help you in defending your case. Here are a few examples:

  • Your Fourth Amendment rights protect you from unlawful search and seizure. If your defense attorney can prove that the heroin was found by the police through an illegal search or seizure, the evidence against you could be thrown out altogether. To see if a dismissal of the case is possible, our attorneys will thoroughly investigate how the police obtained their evidence against you.
  • Most cases involve a lab analysis to determine the type of drug collected as evidence, the DNA testing of the individuals involved, or any other forensic inquiries. Our attorneys can challenge the report of test results from the lab analysis. They might question the testing procedure or the credentials of the expert that performed the testing.
  • If applicable, our attorneys might try to persuade the court to give a lesser sentence based on your clean personal record (i.e., lack of any other arrests, criminal charges, or previous convictions).

Heroin Usages Statistics

Here are some statistics on heroin abuse in South Carolina:

  • According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were 153 heroin-caused deaths in South Carolina in 2017.
  • South Carolina saw an 800% increase in heroin-caused deaths between 2012 and 2017 (NIDA).
  • Charleston County has the highest number of opioid overdoses in South Carolina (S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is heroin?

Heroin is a derivative that is made from the poppy plant, which is a naturally-occurring opioid (an opioid is a chemical that causes pleasure and pain relief). Heroin is highly addictive and carries a high risk of overdose. Heroin is a cousin of morphine and opium, which are also derived from the poppy plant. However, unlike morphine and opium, heroin is not used medicinally, so it is illegal to have heroin in your possession for any reason.

How much does it cost to hire an attorney from Truslow & Truslow to get an idea of the price that could be associated with your particular case.

How long will it take to win my case?

Drug crimes can be complicated, and so can the legal process. Your case might take anywhere from a few months or several years, and the time it takes to resolve your case will depend entirely on the particulars of your case.

However, we can assure you that we offer the best legal services for drug crimes that are available. We know your time is valuable, so we do everything we are able to win your case as quickly as possible. To get an estimate of how long it might take to process your case, call (803) 256-6276 to schedule a confidential consultation.

Contact a Columbia Drug Crimes Attorney Today

If you have been accused of possessing heroin, contact a lawyer immediately. A good defense attorney can help you avoid costly legal mistakes, and could lessen or even completely remove the charges against you.

If you do get convicted of serious charges, it could negatively change the course of the rest of your life. Don’t take that chance. The lawyers at Truslow & Truslow are empathetic and sensitive to the confusing and even frightening nature of drug crimes. We are eager to help you navigate your way through the legal process. Contact us today at (803) 256-6276 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney who has dedicated their lives to defending everyone, including you, against drug-related charges.

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