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.
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.
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.
Here at the Parham Law Firm, LLC, in South Carolina, many of our clients face drug charges of one kind or another. All of these cases have one thing in common, however.
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.
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.
Even respected individuals within a South Carolina community may face criminal charges related to drugs. Citizens of Richland County, South Carolina recently received a reminder of that fact as authorities have arrested an assistant principal at the school on multiple drug charges.
If you or someone you know has been sentenced to time in a prison in South Carolina, you will no doubt want to understand what type of personal rights they may lose and what rights they may retain. Regardless of the reason that a person is ordered to spend time in prison, that person is still a person and deserves some basic respect as a human being.
As a South Carolina resident who is facing a drug-related criminal charge, you may feel as if your addiction to one or more drugs is causing you to behave in ways you otherwise would not. Regrettably, today’s jails and prisons are full of criminal offenders who may not have been there, if not for their addictions, because the link between drug abuse and criminal behavior is a very real and serious one.
There is no denying that the whole country is going through a difficult period concerning opioids. This epidemic is a serious situation that tears families apart and ruins lives. While it is very easy to believe that it is not happening in your backyard, the reality is that Florence, South Carolina, is not immune to it. Looking at the statistics from Florence County in 2016 show a sad story about how opioids are affecting your community.