Marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in the United States. Recently two States legalized the use of Marijuana for recreational use, Washington and Colorado. However, South Carolina is not on that bandwagon yet. It is estimated that over 83 million people have tried marijuana at least once. There’s a first time for everything and some of your firsts are held closely to your heart while others turn into regret. Imagine if you were caught your first time smoking marijuana. Some of you may have experienced this unfortunate result. This may be one of those firsts you wish you could forget. The good news is the law bends a little bit for first time offenses involving the use of marijuana in South Carolina if you have been a law abiding citizen up until that point.
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If you were using marijuana for personal use and had no intent to distribute it, then you are probably looking at facing simple possession charges. In Myrtle Beach, Simple Possession of Marijuana arrests are on the rise. You may have been arrested for this crime, but it is not the end of the world. For certain individuals there are diversionary programs and as a last resort, one should enter these programs, however there are defenses available that a trained attorney, like Daniel A. Selwa, II, can help you put forth. Convicting a person caught with any drug requires a drug analysis of that drug to determine if in fact the drug is an illegal substance. Officers/prosecutors must also show that you had possession of that Marijuana. Sometimes, these two elements can become problematic to the officer/prosecutor and this can ultimately lead to your exonneration. For a more indepth look at what to expect with a Marijuana charge, check out Daniel Selwa's previous blog post.
SC LAW BLOG: Simple Possession of Marijuana - A Look at What to Expect
Some people use marijuana once, while others habitually use marijuana. Whatever the case may be, if you are arrested in Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Murrels Inlet, Conway, North Myrtle Beach or any other surrounding area, you need competent representation. Daniel Selwa is an experienced criminal defense attorney and can help you with your Marijuana charge.