We’ve written before how drug charges in South Carolina have nothing to do with whether you actually deal drugs—it’s based on the weight of the drugs, for the most part. You can actually be charged with drug distribution or dealing if you have less than the required weight if police find equipment associated with drug dealing, like digital scales or empty baggies.

To give you an idea of the weight limits for major drug charges in South Carolina, below are some of the charges we see often, along with the specific law you get charged with violating, the weight limit it takes to get charged, and your potential sentence.

NOTE: These are for first offense charges only. For these offenses, bear in mind you might be eligible for court programs that can get your charges dismissed and wiped off your record, like conditional discharge or the Solicitor’s drug intervention program. Do you really know how to give yourself the best shot to help you qualify? As you might expect, repeat drug offenses carry even higher punishments—yet another important reason to hire an experienced criminal drug defense attorney for your first drug charge.


South Carolina marijuana drug crimes include:


If you get arrested for cocaine charges in South Carolina, you might face these penalties:


South Carolina crack charges often get sentenced under these guidelines:


In South Carolina, you may face these punishments for violating laws against meth:


Benzos include Alprazolam (Xanax), Clonazepam (Klonopin), Diazepam (Valium), and Lorazepam (Ativan). South Carolina punishes illegal possession of benzos:



These drugs include OxyContin, oxycodone, Percocet, roxycodone, hydrocodone, Lortab, Vicodin, codeine, methadone, and fentanyl. If you’re caught with these drugs in South Carolina, you face:

Invest in Your Future

South Carolina police, prosecutors, and the law take drug charges extremely seriously. If you’ve been charged, so should you. Your future and freedom are on the line. Don’t be the only amateur in a courtroom full of professional police and prosecutors. Hire an experienced defense attorney to level the playing field to get you the best possible chance at winning your case, getting it dismissed, getting into a court program to wipe it off your record, or at least obtaining a plea deal with the minimum possible impact on your life.

It won’t cost you a thing to talk to us. To get your questions answered about your case in a free, no-pressure strategy session, call toll-free at 888-230-1841 or fill out a Get Help Now form.


Rob Usry
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Rob is a Spartanburg personal injury lawyer. Rob also practices as a workers' compensation attorney.
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