Marion Drug Charges Attorney
Have you been charged for possession or use of illicit drugs? Do you believe you are deserving of a lesser sentence or no charges at all? Are you afraid of the implications these charges could have on the rest of your life? Here at Law Office of William J. Luse, we are trained to help you during this difficult time and guide you through the legal process. Drug charges can vary greatly depending on several factors, and Law Office of William J. Luse will help you build a case for yourself for any type of charges.
We have over a dozen years of experience in defending clients in drug cases, and we promise to do everything we can to help negotiate with the prosecutor for a favorable outcome or aggressively represent you in court, if necessary. We represent residents of and visitors to the Marion area who have been arrested and charged with drug crimes. Contact Law Office of William J. Luse at (843) 839-4795, fill out the contact form, or use the live chat feature on our website to set up a confidential consultation.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Represent Me?
Drug charges can have serious implications for the rest of your life. If there is a way to get them removed from your record or prevent them from going on your record in the first place, that is an action you should take. Having a lawyer gives you a better chance of success when defending your drug case in court. Drug cases are very complicated because, depending on the type of drug and the amount, you can be accused with anything from a small citation or misdemeanor to a federal crime. Additionally, drug charges can accumulate on top of each other, giving you extended jail time if this is your second or third offense.
This is likely a very stressful time for you. You may think that one mistake has ruined your life. Depending on the drugs involved, you may be suffering from addiction. You may be trying to get clean and are going through withdrawal symptoms. You shouldn’t have to worry about an upcoming trial on top of all of that. Trust Law Office of William J. Luse to handle your case so that you can rest easier knowing that you have a qualified legal team fighting for your rights.
Why Choose Luse?
Here at Law Office of William J. Luse, we are dedicated to helping you find an outcome to your criminal defense case that you are satisfied with. Criminal defense cases, particularly drug cases, can be very stressful for all parties involved, but we will stay by your side until the very end. William J. Luse, our founder and an attorney at the firm, is dedicated to serving the Myrtle Beach area, and we work under the policy that you do not pay a fee unless we win your case. When you choose to work with us, you choose an attorney and legal staff who will always put you first. We know that putting together a drug charges case can be a difficult and emotional time for people, and we will always be there to support you throughout this process.
We strive to be available at all times if you have a question regarding your case. We will always be prepared for a meeting with you or another person relevant to the case and when we are in the courtroom. At Law Office of William J. Luse, we know that preparedness brings success. Whether it seems like a case will result in a trial or will be settled out of court, we always prepare as though it will go to trial. We have found that this gives us a greater likelihood for success and gives you a better chance of getting your drug charges reduced or dropped.
Arrested on a Drug Charge? We Can Help
The federal government has laid out five schedules, or levels, of drugs based on their addictiveness and potential for abuse and dependence, as well as their uses within medicine. Typically, drugs on lower schedules, which have a higher potential for abuse, come with more severe charges.
- Schedule I – High potential for abuse, high potential for dependence, no accepted medical use, all possession and use is illegal. Examples include heroin, LSD, marijuana, and ecstacy.
- Schedule II – High potential for abuse, high potential for dependence, there are accepted medical uses, so the possession and use of these drugs is permitted with a legal prescription. Examples include morphine, Adderall, Demerol, Oxycontin, and Dilaudid.
- Schedule III – Moderate to low potential for abuse and dependence, accepted medical uses. Examples include anabolic steroids, testosterone, ketamine, and products with less than 90mg of codeine per dosage unit.
- Schedule IV – Low potential for abuse and low potential for dependence. Examples include Ambien, Valium, and Xanax.
- Schedule V – Even lower potential for abuse and dependence than Schedule IV drugs, but they are still controlled substances because they tend to contain limited amounts of narcotics. Examples include Lyrica, codeine-infused cough syrups, and Motofen.
You should keep in mind that although it is possible to get a prescription for some forms of drugs, the possession and use of these substances without a prescription is still illegal and can result in strict consequences depending on the substance and amount.
Drug crimes and penalties can take many forms and levels of severity. At Law Office of William J. Luse, we will defend you in cases of drug use, possession, manufacturing, sale, distribution, and trafficking. You can also be charged if there is evidence of an attempt or a conspiracy to engage in these acts. The degree of your charges are largely dependent on what you did or were attempting to do with the drugs, the quantity and schedule of the drugs, and whether or not you have a criminal record or previous drug charges. There are also often additional charges if you are caught trying to sneak drugs into the country.
Law Office of William J. Luse will defend any of these cases and will work with you to determine whether our best strategy would be to plead guilty and work towards less severe charges or to plead not guilty and attempt to get the charges dismissed completely. This is possible in some cases. We don’t recommend that you make that decision without guidance, and we recommend that you retain legal counsel to advise you on the best path to take.
Frequently Asked Questions about Drug Crime Defense
What parts of drug cases are commonly challenged? How will they help me get my charges dropped?
Usually, the issues with a drug case that can be challenged in court are related to how evidence was obtained. These issues usually entail a violation of your 4th or 5th Amendment rights. These rights may be implicated in your trial if evidence was obtained through unlawful search and seizure of your property or if police didn’t respect your right against self-incrimination (your “right to remain silent”) in order to avoid making a statement that would go against yourself in your case. If one of these violations occurred, your case may be thrown out and your charges dropped.
Why do I need a lawyer if I am going to plead guilty?
Even if you are going to plead guilty to drug charges, it is a good idea to have counsel from an experienced drug charge lawyer. Having an attorney on your side will help you to get the minimum charges possible for your conviction, which means you will be able to get back to your life as soon as possible with potentially minimal documentation of the offenses on your record.
What is the difference between drug manufacturing, sale, distribution, and trafficking?
Drug manufacturing is the creation of illicit substances, and includes everything from growing marijuana or possessing marijuana seeds to the creation of drugs through chemical processes, such as methamphetamine.
- Drug sale is when someone sells illicit substances. Drug distribution is when someone sells or delivers illicit substances.
- Drug trafficking is the sale or distribution of illicit substances and also a common term for the movement of large quantities of illegal drugs.
It is important to note that the majority of federal drug charges are made on account of drug trafficking, but most state and local charges are because of drug possession.
Do you have drug charges that could potentially result in excessive prison time or could go on your permanent record and affect your ability to get a job in the future? Don’t let these mistakes limit your potential. Find yourself a South Carolina drug charges attorney who will fight to make sure the courts see the truth, whether that means arguing for a reduced prison sentence or working to get the charges dismissed completely.
If you are facing drug charges, Law Office of William J. Luse can help. Call (843) 839-4795 or fill out the contact form on our website today to set up a consultation with our experienced Marion criminal defense attorney.