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Cartel leader sentenced based on legal mandates

Anyone in South Carolina who has been following the efforts of those trying to reform the criminal justice system will know that mandatory sentencing is one thing that often comes under scrutiny and attack. More and more, advocates are asserting that mandatory minimum sentences or even mandatory maximum sentences should be eliminated. The reason for this point of view is that these laws prevent individual judges from using their discretion and, in a way, from acting as true judges.

Lawsuits continue against drug company

Across the nation and in South Carolina, too many people continue to struggle with the challenges of drug addiction. This serious health problem often contributes to and is associated with criminal activity as good people are fueled to take steps that may be illegal in order to feed their addictions. For many of these people, their drug addictions can be linked to legal, prescription medications. Opioids are a type of drug used generally to control serious pain but, over the years, the prescribing of these drugs has spiraled out of control.

Drug charges follow refusal to move golf cart in South Carolina

An arrest for a lesser charge can sometimes prompt a search that could turn up drugs or paraphernalia, leading to more severe penalties. This appears to be what happened in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, when authorities arrested a man allegedly blocking the bike lane and part of the roadway on Ocean Boulevard with a rented golf cart containing himself and three passengers. 

How did the opiate crisis begin?

No state in the country, including South Carolina, is immune to the horrifying opioid crisis. With people dying daily from these drugs, it is amazing to see so many people still addicted. You may wonder how this crisis began and why so many people seem to be using opioids. You are not alone. Many people want to know why this is happening. To find the answer, you need to look way back to the 1990s.

7-month South Carolina drug investigation results in 45 charged

Charleston County, South Carolina, ranked as the deadliest in the state for overdoses of heroin and other opioids, with more than 140 deaths, in 2017. Authorities regard the fatal overdose rate as a "massive crisis." So when tips came in to law enforcement from locals seven months ago regarding narcotics-related issues, including suspected drug houses in the community, they prompted the formation of a large investigation into drug suppliers that spanned three counties and involved authorities at the federal level as well as local levels. As of Tuesday, law enforcement has arrested and charged 45 people as a result of the investigation. Three of those cases are reportedly tied to Charleston County overdose fatalities.

What is a "diversion program?"

If you or a loved one was arrested for a drug crime, driving under the influence or a similar offense, the court may decide that a diversion program is the best punishment. Districts throughout South Carolina offer diversion programs for both the state's and defendants' benefit. If the courts recently offered you the opportunity to participate in a diversion program, you may wonder what that means and if it is a good idea to accept.

Multi-agency investigation leads to federal indictments

People who live in South Carolina and hear about criminal drug charges should know that there are a wide variety of these types of charges and offenses. It should never be thought that all cases are the same. Some people might be arrested and later charged with a misdemeanor while others can find themselves facing felony charges and even federal offenses. The penalties associated with these various crimes can be wildly different as well.

Crime reform bill targets reduced prison population

Many people in South Carolina might automatically lump everyone convicted of a criminal offense into one big bucket. That, however, is quite unrealistic and even unfair. There is a big difference between being convicted of drug trafficking marijuana and being convicted of first-degree murder. This type of difference is an essential element of a new crime reform bill that is making its way through the state legislature right now.

Driving under the influence of prescription medications

South Carolina, like all the other states in the Union, has strict laws against drunk driving and drugged driving. While most people think of drugged driving as driving under the influence of illicit drugs, drugged driving often involves the use of prescribed medications. In fact, according to DrugAbuse.gov, prescription drugs are responsible for more fatal drugged driving crashes (47 percent) than marijuana, which account for 37 percent of drugged driving accidents, and cocaine, which account for just 10 percent.