The South Carolina criminal defense lawyers at Lofton & Lofton have decades of experience defending individuals charged with major drug offenses and other crimes. Since 1984, we have built upon founding attorney Lionel Lofton’s extensive work as a federal prosecutor and a 30-year track record of successfully challenging drug charges across the state. Located in Charleston, our firm combines award-winning advocacy with a down-to-earth approach to serving our clients.Major Drug Violations
Drugs crimes are governed by federal, state, and local laws. While most drug offenses are punishable at the state or local level, major drug crimes generally involve greater quantities of a controlled substance, more “dangerous” classes of drugs, a wider distribution chain, and higher stakes at the federal level. Serious violations of state and federal drug laws may include:
South Carolina has the harshest law in the nation prohibiting illegal drugs for pregnant women. Further, in 2010 the state approved a massive overhaul of sentencing and corrections policy involving drug crimes. The amendment separates low-risk, nonviolent prisoners from major drug offenders facing maximum fines and imprisonment for violations of the federal Controlled Substances Act.Major Drug-Related Crimes
Federal sentencing guidelines govern the maximum terms imposed for major drug crimes. Penalties depend on the quantity and danger associated with controlled substances, which are divided according to schedules. The law punishes “bulk” possession of lower-schedule drugs and smaller quantities of more addictive, heavily restricted drugs, including:
Harsher punishment is imposed when drugs give rise to other criminal acts or felonies. These drug-related offenses often involve:
Drug offenses are subject to the three strikes law, which imposes higher penalties for subsequent offenses. Federal statutes also impose minimum prison terms for commission of violent felonies by individuals with a prior serious controlled substance conviction. Major drug felonies are defined as crimes punishable by imprisonment for 10 years or more.Major Drug Crime Penalties
Convictions for major drug crimes have life-altering effects, and can permanently undermine an individual’s basic rights through punishments involving:
Fighting major drug crime charges requires an experienced attorney. A successful defense may involve expert testimony, mitigating factors, and persuasive advocacy to defend felony charges.Preserving Your Future
If you are facing charges involving a major drug crime, the South Carolina drug offense attorneys at Lofton & Lofton can help. For over 30 years, we have used an in-depth understanding of drug laws to successfully challenge criminal charges and overly-stringent penalties. At Lofton & Lofton, we dissect the complex nature of major drug crimes to ensure that you receive the experienced representation upon which your well being depends. Do not entrust your future to an inexperienced legal representative. Call 843.722.6319 to consult one of our dedicated lawyers or contact us online.
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