Charleston Drug Offense Lawyer
Any drug crime, from simple possession to distribution, can negatively impact your life in many different ways. In addition to the criminal penalties, a drug crime can affect your employment status, educational opportunities and more. Unfortunately, many drug charges are based on the arresting police officer(s) violating individuals’ constitutional rights, such as stopping a vehicle without probable cause. After a drug arrest, it is important to recognize that a defense lawyer can do many things to improve your position.
At Harris and Huge LLC, Charleston drug offense attorney Stephen Harris has defended clients across the Lowcountry and beyond against all types of criminal charges. He represents clients in both state and federal court and has the knowledge and trial experience you need to make a strong defense for your rights.
Fighting Illegal Searches and Seizures Across South Carolina
Most drug cases hinge on the validity of the police search. All too often, law enforcement agents stop individuals without probable cause of illegal behavior. Even if the police find illegal drugs, the evidence is often tainted as it was not legally collected. Stephen has a complete understanding of search and seizure laws and how they apply to individual situations. If there is evidence to suggest the police violated your rights, Stephen will argue this evidence should be suppressed and your case dismissed.
In other cases, a dismissal of the charges may not be possible. In this instance, Stephen will explore alternative sentencing options. For first-time marijuana offenders, pre-trial intervention (PTI) may be a possibility. Instead of facing jail time or other penalties, individuals in PTI will have to successfully go through drug counseling, perform community service and complete other tasks as necessary. Whatever the result, Stephen will devote himself to achieving the best possible outcome.