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How Controlled Substances Are Classified in South Carolina

South Carolina has criminalized the possession, sale, and use of controlled substances, as well as prescribing or writing illegal prescriptions, attempting to obtain drugs from a doctor by fraud or deceit, or forging prescriptions for drugs. If you have been charged with a drug crime, you could be facing heavy fines, mandatory jail time, and a felony on your record. A felony can impact your ability to get a job, apply for student loans, or even apply for a mortgage. Drug charges can be more complicated than they appear. It is important to understand South Carolina’s laws regarding drug charges and how controlled substances are classified.

South Carolina Drug Charges

Here is a list of potential drug charges you could face in South Carolina:

  • Possession of illegal drugs or controlled substances;

  • Manufacture, sales, or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances;

  • Sale of illegal drugs to someone under 18;

  • Sale of illegal drugs in close proximity to a school;

  • Drug trafficking;

  • Cultivation of marijuana; or

  • Prescription drug theft, fraud and deceit.

  • Tylenol with Codeine.

Classification of Controlled Substances

South Carolina classifies controlled substances into five different schedules. Schedule I substances have the highest penalties whereas Schedule V substances have the least severe penalties. Many factors affect the penalties associated with each drug charge, such as the type of drug, the weight of the substance, and the number of prior convictions.

SCHEDULE I: Drugs that are highly addictive and have no accepted use for medical treatment, such as:

  • Opiates, such as heroin, codeine, morphine.

  • Hallucinogens, such as MDMA, ecstasy, mescaline, peyote, LSD, DMT, or marijuana.

  • Stimulants, such as Mephedrone.

  • Depressants, such as qualuudes or GHB.

SCHEDULE II: Drugs that are highly addicted, tend to be abused, and can sometimes be used for medical treatment, such as:

  • Painkillers, such as morphine, oxycodone, or raw opium.

  • Stimulants, such as Adderall, Ritalin, methamphetamine, or amphetamine.

  • Depressants, such as PCP or amobarbital.

  • Cocaine.

SCHEDULE III: Drugs that have a potential for addiction and are used for medical treatment, such as:

  • Depressants, such as barbituates, sedatives, anesthetics, lysergic acid or GHA.

  • Nalorphine.

  • Stimulants, such as appetite suppressants.

SCHEDULE IV: Drugs that have a low potential for addition and are commonly used for medical treatment, such as:

  • Depressants, such as clonazepam or alprazolam.

  • Stimulants, such as weight loss pills.

SCHEDULE V: Drugs that have a low potential for addiction and are commonly used for medical treatment, such as:

  • Tylenol with Codeine.

If You are Facing Drug Charges in the Columbia Area, Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you are facing drug charges in the Columbia area, it is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Understanding South Carolina’s laws regarding controlled substances can be confusing and drug charges can have a profound impact on your life. Consult with a knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense attorney who can guide you through the legal process and fight to protect your rights. The Law Offices of Lori S. Murray can assist you. Please call our office today at 803-779-4472 or schedule a consultation online.

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