Most residents of South Carolina know how serious a matter it can be if you are arrested on suspicion of involvement in drug manufacturing or distribution. Not only can the investigation alone take its toll on you and your family, if you are convicted it could turn your life upside-down. You could be ordered to pay hefty fines, be sentenced to time in prison and even face problems in the future when seeking employment or housing.
Drug charges are a serious matter, no matter which state you live in and South Carolina is no exception. While the severity of the penalties for conviction can vary dramatically depending on state laws and the type and quantity of the drugs involved, it can still be life-changing.
Federal charges are not to be taken lightly, as they often arise from serious accusations and can be punished severely in the event of conviction. Whether a crime is tried on the state or federal level can depend on a number of factors. Furthermore, while federal penalties are often more severe, this can vary from state to state, depending on the crime. Even so, a federal charge can have severe repercussions for your personal and professional life.
Federal convictions often come with weighty penalties. Not only may they lead to jail time, fines and a blot on your criminal record, but they can be damaging to your professional and personal life. The pressures of a federal investigation can take their toll and, unfortunately, they can be quite drawn out. Even when a settlement appears to be on the horizon, there can still be holdups, as two men from South Carolina have learned recently.
Being faced with a criminal investigation is seldom easy. You may experience negative treatment at work or in your personal life as a result of the charges against you. You may even be suspended from work during the course of the case. Even so, if you become involved a federal investigation, it can be helpful to cooperate as much as possible and immediately contact an attorney in order to avoid implicating yourself further.
In order to crack down on drug use and distribution, drug enforcement officers will often raid properties that come under suspicion of drug activity. If evidence of drug activity is found during a raid, the property owners and other people within the raided property may be arrested on drug charges. But what if you become implicated in a drug crime simply by residing at a property? You may find yourself facing a criminal investigation even if you were completely uninvolved.
Recently, a police patrol of a motel in Spartanburg resulted in a drug arrest.