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West Columbia Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys

If you have been charged with a drug crime in West Columbia, the attorneys at Truslow & Truslow want to help you fight for your rights. Facing a drug charge can fill you with fear and uncertainty about your future, and you want those fears to be mitigated. Our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to take you through everything in your case, from what to expect to how to construct your defense. We will work hard exploring all options to build you the strongest defense we can so that you can relax and trust that we will work to deliver you the best possible outcome for the charges you’re facing.

You have the right to a West Columbia drug crimes defense attorney when facing a criminal charge. Choosing Truslow & Truslow over a public defender gives you the best chance of having your charges minimized or dropped altogether. Call us today at (803) 256-6276 or contact us online to discuss the details of your case in a free, confidential consultation.

Why You Need a Lawyer

When a person is facing criminal drug charges, especially for the first time, they may be experiencing intense fear about what lies ahead. A drug crime conviction can be life-altering, and you’ll want to have as much control over your future as possible. When you seek counsel from a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney, you can put your mind at ease as they help you learn about your options and work with you to build up the best defense possible and fight for the best possible outcome for you.

By law in any criminal case, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. You will want a strong defense attorney on your side to introduce uncertainty to the prosecution’s case against you. Your lawyer will be able to make a strong case in your favor, giving the details of your case individual attention with a tailored strategy that increases the likelihood of success. While the court is required to appoint a public defense attorney for you if you choose, you don’t know if that attorney will be well-suited for you. Shopping around for a firm like Truslow & Truslow to help you with your case will offer you peace of mind that you’ll be getting individualized attention on your case and complete dedication to your defense. A court-appointed attorney is remarkably more helpful for you than being without representation, but overworked public defense attorneys may not have the time or resources to devote to making your case as strong as it could be. With a personalized and strategic defense built just for you and your case, it’s more likely that you could receive reduced penalties or, ideally, that your charges might be dropped altogether.

Why Choose Us?

When you choose Truslow & Truslow, you should know that you’re in the hands of West Columbia’s most reliable criminal defense attorneys. Our lawyers understand how you are feeling in the wake of your drug crime charge and have dedicated their careers to making sure that each accused person receives a fair trial from lawyers who care. You can trust us to leave no stone unturned when it comes to finding ways to build the strongest defense possible. Unlike many overworked public defenders who may not have the time or resources to devote to your case, we at Truslow & Truslow craft each defense on the basis of each client and the specifics of their case. We determine the optimal strategy and work to achieve the best possible outcome in your defense.

Our team of seasoned attorneys believes in open communication about your charges, and we strive to be honest with you about your options and your case progression. Our team never presumes anything about our clients, nor do we judge them in any way. We only care that your rights are fiercely defended. With over 50 years of combined experience within the team of defense attorneys, Truslow & Truslow has represented clients in over 2,000 cases and have maintained a 99 percent approval rating from each. With our experienced and dedicated attorneys on your side after your drug crime charge, you will be able to relax and focus on your defense.

Cases We Handle

Drug charges are classified into two categories in South Carolina: felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are typically defined as crimes which are punishable by more than one year of incarceration. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year of incarceration (or can include a fine, court-ordered community service, or another kind of penalty). Whether you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor depends on a number of factors — the classification of the drug at issue, how much of the drug was in your possession, and whether you are being charged with possession, drug sale, drug distribution, or drug trafficking — that combine to determine the level of crime with which you’ll be charged. Intent to engage in any of these actions can also lead to a criminal drug charge, even if the offense was never carried out. After representing hundreds of drug crime cases, the lawyers at Truslow & Truslow are fully prepared to handle any drug case that you face.

Types of Drug Charges

Drug crimes can be classified into any of these standard categories in South Carolina:

  • Drug possession — This charge applies when an individual has drugs, either on their person or on their property, including their home, vehicle, or anywhere within their immediate vicinity at the time of arrest.
  • Drug possession with intent to distribute — When drugs are found in large quantities, and police can assume that an individual intended to sell or otherwise distribute the drug, the charge of drug possession with the intent to distribute usually applies.
  • Drug trafficking — A drug trafficking charge is made when an individual is found with higher quantities than required for a distribution charge or is in the process of transporting large quantities of drugs.
  • Drug manufacturing — The charge of drug manufacturing applies when an individual is charged with producing, cultivating, or preparing drugs for either personal use or distribution
  • Drug conspiracy — When there is found to be an agreement, implicit or explicit, between a group of at least two individuals to engage in a criminal drug offense, such as selling, manufacturing, or distributing drugs, the accused will be charged with drug conspiracy.

Since many of these charges can only presume the defendant’s intent with the possession of illegal drugs, it’s up to a lawyer to work to reduce or drop your charges. Having an aggressive and knowledgeable lawyer on your side can make all the difference in the severity of the drug charges you face.

Common Drugs in West Columbia

The most common drugs that are involved in criminal drug cases in and around West Columbia include the following:

  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine or crack
  • Heroin
  • Methamphetamine
  • Illegal possession or use of controlled substances, including:
  • Xanax
  • Oxycontin
  • Alprazolam
  • Other prescription drugs

Some of these drugs have higher classification than others, which means that some can come with more severe punishments. No matter the charge, Truslow & Truslow is here to help guide you through your case, fighting hard for your rights.

Drug Crime Conviction Penalties

If convicted of a drug crime, there are several different outcomes that largely depend on the severity of the charge, which is influenced by the type of drug, the defendant’s intent with the charge, the amount of drug in possession, and the number of prior drug offenses of the individual in question. Common penalties for a conviction include the following:

  • Incarceration (jail or prison)
  • Fines
  • Community service
  • Probation
  • Mandatory participation in a drug abuse treatment program

Drug crimes will also end up on your record, possibly hurting your ability to find housing or employment in the future and damaging your reputation with your friends, family, and community. Our lawyers want to help you preserve your future and that of your family. With Truslow & Truslow on your side, you’ll have the best chances of receiving the least severe penalty if you are convicted of a drug crime.

Contact a Defense Attorney Today

Under the United States justice system, any criminal defendant is assumed to be innocent until proven guilty, and the state must prove beyond any reasonable doubt that you are guilty of the crime with which you’ve been charged. Let Truslow & Truslow introduce uncertainty into the prosecution’s argument. Our lawyers know that police and state officials can be unfair or dishonest when charging people with crimes. We will defend your rights while we work to reduce your charges or have them dropped entirely so that you can worry less about your future and focus on your defense.

The experienced attorneys at Truslow & Truslow are here for you, with the dedication and experience that’s proven us to be the top West Columbia criminal defense attorneys for anyone charged with a drug crime. To learn more about your options, call us today at (803) 256-6276 or contact us online to discuss your case with one of our experienced drug crime lawyers in a free consultation.

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