Call Today 888.301.6004
Drug Crimes Defense Contact Our Firm to Fight Your Marijuana Charges.

Facing Marijuana Charges in Lexington, SC?

Marijuana is one of the most common drugs used. Therefore, there are many criminal charges that can arise from the possession or use of this drug. It is also known as pot, weed, bud, chronic, or hash. At Law Office of James R. Snell, our Lexington criminal defense attorney, James R. Snell, represents those who are charged with simple possession of marijuana and serious drug crimes. Whether you are facing charges in Lexington, Columbia or another area within the state of South Carolina, we can provide you with the top-quality representation you need.

Penalties in South Carolina

First-time offenders charged with up to one ounce are prosecuted in the magistrate or municipal court. Second and subsequent offenders are prosecuted in general sessions court. Although most individuals charged with marijuana possession are arrested and taken to jail, at the officer's discretion you can be given a traffic ticket and asked to appear in court. Whether or not you were taken to jail, all marijuana charges are criminal in nature and can result in severe penalties. If you are convicted of any marijuana charge, you face the possibility of high fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record.

This includes marijuana possession, possession with intent to distribute, distribution of marijuana, marijuana trafficking or manufacturing. The judge will have no discretion or authority regarding the creation of a criminal record, license suspension (for repeat offenders) or how the conviction may impact your ability to obtain a college scholarship. Under South Carolina law, in order to be convicted, the State must prove that you were in either actual or constructive possession of marijuana. There is no minimum amount of marijuana that must be present to be criminally convicted. If it is enough to be tested, it is enough to be charged.

PTI for Marijuana

Every county in South Carolina operates a pre-trial intervention (PTI) office. PTI is a diversion program designed for first-time non-violent offenders. PTI is not a sentence; instead, defendants are referred into the program upon the agreement of the police and the court. To complete PTI for a marijuana charge a defendant will have to complete 30-50 hours of community service, counseling, pass at least two drug tests, and prepare a two-to-three page report. Generally it takes six to nine months to enroll and complete all of the program's requirements. Once PTI is complete the simple possession of marijuana charge will be dismissed and the defendant's arrest record will be expunged.

Conditional Discharge

Conditional discharge is a special program for individuals charged with simple possession of marijuana and certain other drug offenses. Upon completion of the program, the charge will be dismissed and the arrest record expunged. To complete a conditional discharge program, a defendant must follow all instructions of the court. The program is directly supervised by the court. Typical requirements are random drug testing, community service, and drug counseling. The typical length of time to complete the program is three to six months.

Whether it is contesting your case in court, or pursuing PTI or a conditional discharge, we are available to discuss all of the available options in your case. Our lawyers regularly represent clients charged with marijuana possession. Our clients include students, out of town motorists (usually arrested or ticketed on the interstate) and anyone else wishing to avoid a criminal conviction.

For more information on marijuana charges, contact one of our Lexington criminal attorneys today!

Former Client Experiences

  • “I would highly recommend Mr. Snell, should you be seeking legal counsel in SC.”

    Former Client

  • “You are down to earth, easily approachable, and simply a refuge in an awful time of hardship. You have integrity, humility, and a wonderful way with those of us who have made mistakes.”

    Former Client

  • “I want to thank you for how you handled my son's case. We were very concerned with whether or not his charges would effect his future. After meeting with you we knew that we could trust you to advise us in his best interests. I cannot express how grateful ”

    Former Client

  • “This is an amazing Firm”

    Brittany

  • “Thank you for being so kind and understanding and getting me out of the mess I got myself into…”

    Former Client

  • Best of Lexington Life Nominee
  • Super Lawyers
  • Lawyer.com Premium Rating
  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating - Top Attorney Criminal Defense
  • Better Business Bureau - Accredited Business
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - The National Trial Lawyers
  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating - Top Attorney DUI

Stay Updated

  • Back to School is Here!

    It’s back to school time again for area students. Here are the first days at school for area students: August 15, 2019 Hammond School August 19, 2019 ...

    View More
  • Walmart Self-Checkout Shoplifting

    Many retailers are phasing out human cashiers in favor of self-checkout systems. The stores have figured out that buying a self-checkout system can be ...

    View More
  • Blackmail Scam Still Running Strong

    Several years ago I began posting about a common blackmail scam. I called it the “ counseling scam ”. It works something like this: Men go on dating ...

    View More

Get Started Today

We're Available to Schedule Immediate, Same-Day Consultations
  • Please enter your name.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.