Trusted South Carolina Drug Trafficking Defense Attorney Fights Serious Charges
Established Columbia lawyer handles state and federal drug allegations
With more than 40 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, Jack B. Swerling, Attorney at Law, delivers skilled and devoted representation to people facing drug trafficking allegations in South Carolina. Drug trafficking involves knowingly possessing, selling, manufacturing, cultivating, delivering, purchasing or bringing into the state a large amount of a controlled substance. This felony charge can also be filed against a person who attempts to do any of the above or helps another person commit one of these crimes. From his office in Columbia, Mr. Swerling delivers strong, strategic defenses to clients facing serious trafficking charges across the state.
Seasoned defender responds to charges for marijuana, narcotics and more
Among the drugs most commonly trafficked are methamphetamine, marijuana, powder cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine, fentanyl, oxycodone, MDMA or ecstasy, heroin, Quaaludes, LSD, flunitrazepam (“roofies”) and GHB.
Drug trafficking charges in state court generally include the crime of possession and intent to distribute a large amount of a controlled substance. It is the most serious drug crime and therefore carries severe penalties at sentencing. The amount of a drug required to qualify as trafficking depends on the controlled substance in question:
- Ten pounds of more of marijuana
- Ten grams or more of cocaine or any cocaine mixture
- Ten grams or more of methamphetamine
- Four grams or more of heroin, morphine, or another opiate
- 15 grams or more of methaqualone
- 100 tablets or more of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)
- 100 tablets or more of MDMA or ecstasy
- One gram or more of flunitrazepam (Rohypnol)
- 50 milliliters or more of gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB)
Unlawful possession of a lesser amount is still a serious crime but does not amount to drug trafficking. If you live in South Carolina and are under investigation or facing charges for drug trafficking or possession, contact a drug crime attorney immediately. Your freedom may be at stake.
Proven advocate goes up against prosecutors in federal court cases
Drug trafficking can also be charged at the federal level, and federal charges often result in significantly harsher penalties than state charges. Drug trafficking charges can be filed at the federal level for the following quantities:
- 1,000 kg of marijuana, or 1,000+ marijuana plants
- 500 grams of cocaine or any cocaine mixture
- Five grams of pure methamphetamine or 50 grams of methamphetamine mixture
- 100 grams of heroin
- One gram of LSD mixture
- One gram or more of flunitrazepam
- Any amount of methaqualone, GHB, MDMA or ecstasy
Minimum and maximum sentences exist for federal drug trafficking charges. Those convicted of a first offense can face between five and 40 years in prison and fined up to $5 million. A sentence may be increased if the offender possessed a weapon or had a leadership role in the offense. When any person is injured or dies during the commission of a trafficking crime, the defendant can be sentenced from 20 years to life in prison.
If you are accused of distributing or possessing any drug in a way that rises to the level of a federal offense, you need a skilled defense. Jack B. Swerling has federal court experience and can challenge federal prosecutors during tough trafficking cases.
Skilled defense counselor delivers a strong defense of your rights
Though drug trafficking charges can be difficult, a well-prepared defense may result in an acquittal or a charge being dropped, dismissed or reduced to a less serious offense. For a drug trafficking charge to be provable in South Carolina, a person must have “knowingly” committed the offense. If a person possesses or moves drugs without being aware of it, a prosecutor’s claims may be baseless.
Mr. Swerling challenges the prosecutor’s claims and evidence, seeking to save clients from harsh penalties. He is a forceful and respected trial attorney, with a long record of satisfactory outcomes. If the prosecutor presents a strong case, Mr. Swerling may work to reduce sentencing by negotiating a plea deal intended to reduce jail time and other punishments.
Contact a determined Columbia drug trafficking defense attorney for a free consultation
If you are facing drug trafficking charges or learn you are the subject of a drug trafficking investigation in South Carolina or at the federal level, Jack B. Swerling, Attorney at Law, is prepared to help. Call Mr. Swerling’s office in Columbia at 800-701-0599 or contact him online to set up a free initial consultation.