Columbia Prescription Drug Crime Defense Attorneys
Smart defense strategies for prescription drug offenses in Columbia, South Carolina
Many individuals don’t quite understand the seriousness of possessing prescription drugs without a prescription – that is, until they’re arrested and charged with a crime. In fact, for many people, this might be their first interaction with the criminal justice system. We may think nothing of taking a pill from a friend when we need a painkiller, neither person knowing that they’re actually committing a criminal offense.
The consequences of a drug arrest can be serious, including possible jail time and a permanent criminal record. A drug conviction can affect your life long after you’ve served the terms of your sentence, affecting your ability to get a job, be eligible for various federal programs, obtain a professional license, and you can also lose your right to own a firearm. Even a minor drug conviction can cause you to miss out on many life opportunities, as well as affect your reputation.
At The Law Offices of A. Randolph Hough, P.A., we work to avoid conviction. Whether you’ve been accused of stealing prescription drugs from your place of employment, a college student accused of possession, or any person from any walk of life, Attorney Hough provides experienced and thorough drug crime defense in the Columbia and Charleston areas. Call today to protect your freedom and your future.
“Remember, an arrest is not a conviction.” - Attorney Hough
What types of prescription drugs are illegal in SC?
Of course, it’s not illegal to possess prescription drugs if you have a valid prescription with your name on it. If you don’t have a valid prescription, however, you may be subject to arrest and drug possession charges. We can negotiate with prosecution to avoid conviction – we understand what’s at stake. Attorney Hough handles cases involving all types of prescription drugs, including:
Every prescription drug case and every person’s situation is different, and can involve various issues that impact your defense, like addiction issues or other extenuating circumstances. Our criminal defense attorney crafts a custom defense on your behalf based on the factors around your case and whether authorities acted properly during your arrest and search and seizure.
Each prescription drug case is different and may involve issues such as medication abuse, addiction, prescription fraud, and fake prescriptions. As your attorney, I’ll create the best possible defense based on your background, the mitigating factors of your case, and whether police acted properly in their search and drug seizure.
The Law Offices of A. Randolph Hough, P.A. also aggressively defends clients against other criminal charges, including assault, arson, kidnapping, and charges against college students. We also handle drunk driving defense.
What are the different types of prescription drug offenses?
The Law Offices of A. Randolph Hough, P.A. helps clients fight a wide range of prescription drug charges. We can help with your arrest and charges related to:
- Forging or altering prescriptions
- Doctor “shopping”
- Possession of controlled substances
- Prescribing controlled substances for criminal purposes
- Selling or distributing controlled substances
- Stealing prescription drugs
Whatever the charge, it’s imperative you consult with an attorney who can advise you regarding your legal options.
What are the penalties if I’m convicted of a prescription drug crime?
Prescription drug crimes are prosecuted under the same laws as other drug crimes in the state of South Carolina, under SC Code § 44-53. If convicted, penalties vary depending on the schedule classification of the drug. Schedule I prescription drugs carry the highest penalties, while Schedule V drugs carry the lowest.
Penalties and charges also differ based on the type of prescription drug (without a prescription) authorities allege you had, as well as how much. For example, an individual with no previous offenses charged with a small amount of a Schedule III drug will likely face much less severe consequences than a repeat offender charged with a large amount of the same drug.
Is it against the law to carry prescription drugs without the bottle?
Yes, it’s actually illegal to possess a controlled substance or narcotic without a valid prescription, which typically means the bottle/packaging. This means if you’re carrying your prescription medication outside its original container and are stopped by law enforcement, you could be arrested. However, conviction is unlikely if you can provide proof of a valid prescription. Attorney Hough can work with you to make this process as smooth as possible.
A conviction or a guilty plea for a prescription drug charge can change your life forever. In addition to possible jail time and probation, you may have a criminal record that could follow you around for the rest of your life. Don’t let a one-time mistake prevent you from your right to a good education, a job, and other rights in life. We dedicate ourselves to your defense – working to minimize charges, avoid jail time, and other penalties.
Legal help when you’re facing prescription drug charges in SC
The Law Offices of A. Randolph Hough, P.A. represents individuals charged with prescription drug offenses. With an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side, your case gets the attention it deserves and a better chance for a successful resolution. Attorney Hough’s previous work as a prosecutor gives him unique insight into criminal proceedings and state and federal drug laws, and gives you the advantage you need in your case. To schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Columbia or Charleston, please call 803-771-4119 or fill out our contact form.