Police error leads to man being taken into custody

On Behalf of | Nov 15, 2018 | Drug Charges

South Carolina police took a man into custody after going to the wrong mobile home while responding to a domestic violence call. The 29-year-old had already been facing gun charges when he was found in a bathtub at the residence in Hidden Creek Mobile Park. During a search of the property, authorities found more than 1,000 grams of methamphetamine that had been placed inside of 19 baggies.

An attorney for the man said that he was only a guest at the residence, but this was refuted by paperwork found in a bedroom at the location. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that because of the man’s previous charges, he was likely going to prison for the rest of his life. Those prior charges included possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine base and marijuana. The case was prosecuted under a partnership called Project CeaseFire and Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Individuals who get charged with drug possession might face a variety of negative consequences. Even if they are not convicted, a charge could result in a tarnished personal or professional reputation. In some cases, charges may lead to termination from a job or unwanted media coverage. An attorney could help a defendant obtain a favorable outcome in a case by suppressing evidence or casting doubt on witness testimony.

In some cases, a favorable outcome means a complete acquittal or the charges being dropped before or during a trial. However, it may also mean that a plea bargain is negotiated. This could result in a person receiving limited jail time or none at all. It could also result in an individual being given the opportunity to complete a diversion program. Generally, a charge will be dropped or sealed after a program is completed.