The legalization of marijuana has been a hot political topic across the country, but South Carolina has yet to act. As the law stands, you cannot own or consume weed in the state, even if it was purchased legally somewhere else.

Getting caught with the drug can happen unexpectedly. Police may see it during a routine traffic stop or find someone smoking. Unfortunately, they aren’t likely to go easy on you, even if it wasn’t yours. All it takes is an acquaintance accidentally leaving something in your car or home for your life to turn upside down.

Punishments for marijuana possession

The laws are quite clear about the potential penalties anyone caught with weed may face. If it’s the first time, you may receive:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Up to $1000 fine

The second time, the maximum punishments you can receive double.

Convictions after the first or elevated charges, such as intent to sell, have even stiffer punishments. The prospects of either jail time severe monetary fines can be scary. There are also societal repercussions as well, though.

A drug conviction may affect both job and school prospects. A workplace with a zero-tolerance policy for illegal substances may take issue with the sentence. Your career may become jeopardized, depending on your employer’s reaction.

Fighting the charges

Because of the impact a conviction could have on your life, it’s essential to fight the charge. An experienced attorney can advocate for you. It’s crucial to have one present when answering questions about the situation.