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Drug Crimes

Columbia, South Carolina Drug Crimes Attorney


Columbia drug crime lawyer Jack B. Swerling

A drug arrest in Columbia is serious and the ramifications of a conviction could significantly change your life.  If you or a loved one is charged with a drug crime, it is essential that you hire a Columbia, SC drug crimes lawyer as soon as possible to vigorously defend your rights.

Federal and SC drug laws

Drug laws involve the federal and state authorities. Such charges range from misdemeanors to felonies and criminalize activities that include the following:

  • Possessing drugs
  • Abusing controlled substances, such as prescription drugs
  • Possessing precursor chemicals for producing drugs
  • Possessing equipment related to using, cultivating, or manufacturing drugs
  • Distributing drugs, or possession with intent to distribute
  • Cultivating or manufacturing drugs
  • Trafficking in drugs
  • Money laundering

Aggressive defense for Columbia, SC drug crimes

Attorney Jack B. Swerling has significant experience defending clients against drug crimes in Columbia, South Carolina. The charges that may be filed, and the punishments if you are found guilty, depend on several factors that include the:

  • Classification of the drug
  • Quantity of the drug
  • Reason for possession, including:
    • Personal use
    • Production
    • Distribution
    • Trafficking
  • Geographic location of the crime (for example, a drug crime committed within one half mile of a school may carry a particularly stiff punishment)

Previous convictions can enhance sentences.

Punishment for drug crimes in Columbia, South Carolina

As your South Carolina criminal defense attorney, Jack B. Swerling fights for you by arguing:

  • Your case if it must be tried before a jury
  • To mitigate punishment if convicted
  • An appeal before an Appellate Court
  • That charges be lowered or dismissed or considered for pre-trial diversion

Columbia, South Carolina drug arrest lawyer Jack B. Swerling has a reputation for vigorously defending his clients.  This is essential in a Columbia, South Carolina drug crimes attorney, because convictions can be extremely costly.  That cost can include:

  • Fines
  • Prison time that ranges from probation to a minimum mandatory 25-year sentence or even life
  • Forfeiture of assets
  • Loss of your right to own guns
  • Loss of your business or professional license

Contact a Columbia, SC Drug Crimes Attorney Today

Drug crimes lawyer Jack Swerling, Attorney at Law believes that everyone should have the chance to be defended by the best legal representation.  He works tirelessly, fights vigorously, and pursues every option available for each of his clients.  If you need representation for a drug crime, contact the office of Jack B. Swerling today for a free initial consultation.

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Jack Swerling In The News >>

  • Jack was selected to Super Lawyers Magazine Top Ten List for 2019. Each year Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in South Carolina via a selection process involving peer evaluations, independent research and professional achievement. The South Carolina lawyers who receive the highest points during this selection process are further recognized in the South Carolina Super Lawyers Top Ten List.
  • USA v. FRANK*: In a child pornography case, Swerling was successful in obtaining a 22 level variance reducing the defendant’s sentence from 8 years to 6 months.
  • STATE v. BORIS: The defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case where the defendant was involved in a shoot-out with 3 police officers.
  • STATE v. TYGER: Jack Swerling obtains a not guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case in Beaufort County.
  • Pre Trial Dispositions: STATE v. DWAYNE: Mr. Swerling successfully argued for the dismissal of stalking and unlawful use of telephone charges brought against a prominent businessman in Florence County.
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