Fight Your Drug Charges – Avoid Penalties, Fines & Jail Time

Facing drug charges in Summerville, Moncks Corner, Goose Creek or Charleston?

Consider a drug charge attorney who’s devoted their entire career to defending people – just like you – who want to avoid penalties, fines and jail time. Not to mention a criminal record!

Whether you’re facing a simple possession, distribution or a trafficking charge, Mitch Farley can and will defend you using all possible resources ethically available and at his disposal.

You see, law enforcement routinely makes mistakes during the arrest procedure and investigation. This means that you may have defenses that you are unaware of and you may have defenses that only become obvious after Farley Law begins investigating your case.

But you should know…

The police and prosecutors have been preparing their case since your arrest – in many cases, since before your arrest, investigating, interviewing witnesses, conducting undercover drug stings, and getting your case ready for trial and conviction.

Drug defense lawyer Mitch Farley will investigate the facts of your case, review the state’s investigation and any video or audio that will be used as evidence against you.
He will gather the witnesses and evidence you may need to win your case or to mitigate the potential consequences of your arrest.

And while he can’t promise or guarantee results to any client, he can and will do everything legally and ethically possible to win your case and achieve your goals.


What sets the Farley Law Firm apart from other attorneys?

First and foremost, criminal defense is what we do and nothing else!

If you are charged with a drug offense in SC, you need a criminal defense lawyer with experience and training specific to drug crimes, including Fourth Amendment law and how to get key evidence suppressed before your trial. 

Mitchell Farley:

  • Was born and raised in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. He received a degree in Political Science from the University of South Carolina and his Juris Doctorate from the Charleston School of Law, The Farley DUI defense law firm is located in Summerville, SC, 
  • Knows the local courts, police departments, jails, prosecutors, attorneys, and court personnel, 
  • Knows SC’s controlled substance laws, represents clients charged with drug offenses ranging from simple possession to drug trafficking, and regularly attends CLEs and training specific to criminal law, Fourth Amendment law, and criminal trial practice, 
  • Has developed an extensive network of resources including membership in the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (SCACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), 
  • Has represented clients in well over a thousand criminal matters ranging from speeding tickets to drug trafficking to murder charges, and
  • Makes client communication a priority – we will answer your questions, return your phone calls, keep you updated, and be there with you at every stage of your case.

What Types of Drug Cases Do We Accept?

Summerville, SC drug charge lawyer Mitchell Farley has extensive experience handling drug cases at all levels of SC’s criminal courts including:

  • Simple possession of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, and other controlled substances,
  • Possession with intent to distribute marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, and other controlled substances,
  • Distribution of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, and other controlled substances,
  • Manufacturing marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, and other controlled substances, and
  • Trafficking in marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, and other controlled substances,
  • Motions to suppress evidence based on Fourth Amendment violations,
  • Motions to suppress statements based on Miranda, Fifth Amendment, or Sixth Amendment violations,
  • Challenges to the alleged weight of controlled substances (the weight of the drugs could make the difference between probation for simple possession of heroin or up to 40 years for trafficking in heroin, for example), and
  • Drug offense trials.

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What is the penalty for a 1st offense drug charge?
There is a broad range of penalties if you are convicted of a first-offense drug charge in SC. If the charges are not dismissed or you do not get into a pretrial diversion program, the potential consequences could include:

  • Time served if you spent time in jail before your case was resolved, 
  • Fines, 
  • Probation with a suspended prison sentence, or
  • Jail time ranging from up to 30 days for a misdemeanor simple possession of marijuana to up to 40 years for a first-offense charge of trafficking in more than 28 grams of heroin.
How can I get drug possession charges dropped?
Any drug charges can be dismissed by the prosecutor or the court based on the facts of your case. Your charges could be dropped because:

  • The prosecutor has insufficient evidence to try your case, 
  • Prosecution witnesses are unavailable to testify, 
  • Key evidence has been suppressed based on Fourth Amendment violations, 
  • The chain of custody for the drugs is incomplete or chain of custody witnesses are missing, 
  • Forensic testing shows no presence of a controlled substance, 
  • The evidence proves that you were unaware of the presence of the drugs and that they did not belong to you, 
  • The prosecution’s video or audio evidence shows that you were not present, or
  • You have completed a pretrial diversion program like Drug Court, PTI (pretrial intervention), or a conditional discharge. 
Are drug charges felonies or misdemeanors?
Some drug charges are misdemeanors while others are classified as felonies. For example, simple possession of marijuana (or any drug) is classified as a misdemeanor, while even a first offense of trafficking in heroin greater than 28 grams is classified as a felony offense. 

In general, the more serious the drug offense is, the more likely it will be classified as a felony. You can search SC’s controlled substance statutes in SC Code § 44-53-370 and 375 for detailed information on which drug charges are felonies and which are classified as misdemeanors.

What does a drug charge lawyer do?
Your drug charge attorney in Summerville, SC will:

  • Meet with you to learn about your case and answer your questions, 
  • File discovery motions, supplemental discovery motions, and motions to compel discovery to get all evidence in the state’s possession that they intend to use against you, 
  • Conduct an independent investigation of your case using FOIA requests, subpoenas, witness interviews, private investigators, or expert consultants as needed, 
  • Help you to retain any expert witnesses that you may need for technical issues in your case like drug dog experts or forensic experts, 
  • Research any legal issues in your case and prepare your case for a possible trial, 
  • Negotiate with your prosecutor and inform you of any plea offers that are made, 
  • Review the evidence with you before you decide as to plea or trial, 
  • Make any appropriate pretrial motions to suppress based on constitutional violations, and
  • Try your case to a jury when you decide not to accept the state’s plea offer. 
Can I get drug charges expunged?
Some first-offense drug convictions in South Carolina can be expunged. For example:

  • Simple possession of any controlled substance can be expunged after three years, and
  • Possession with intent to distribute any controlled substance can be expunged after twenty years. 

When an expungement is not possible, you may still be eligible for a pardon that will restore your civil rights including your right to own a firearm and to get a concealed weapon permit (CWP). 

If you or someone you know is facing drug charges of any degree, act fast. With each passing day the prosecution is building a case against you, and you don’t want to leave your future to chance.

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