Drug charges are serious. The impact they can have on your life could affect your job and educational opportunities. There are severe penalties, fines, and even prison, all of which might be enhanced if an individual has a prior drug conviction. There are several ways to defend your case, and if appropriate, can include diversionary programs offering a second chance. Programs such as Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) and Drug Court, once successfully completed, will result in your charges being dismissed. That is why you need the Charleston criminal defense team at Peter David Brown, P.A. We can help evaluate your case and advise you how to proceed based on your unique facts and personal background.
The Law Office of Peter David Brown, P.A. and our criminal defense team with experienced staff have handled hundreds of drug charges ranging from Simple Possession to Trafficking. Mr. Brown, a Citadel Graduate, was the Senior Staff Attorney at the Charleston Public Defender’s Office before he opened his own law office more than twenty (20) years ago.
Peter Brown has obtained “Not Guilty” verdicts in both trafficking marijuana and trafficking cocaine trials. The most notable case was Brown’s victory in the search and seizure precedent setting case of, State v. Donavan Williams, 351 S.C. 591, 571 S.E. 2d 703 (Ct. App. 2002).
Brown’s motion to suppress twenty-five (25) pounds of high grade marijuana was granted and the matter was dismissed, despite Williams’ admission that the drugs were his. The dismissal was based on the unconstitutional detention and the scope of the police interrogation and subsequent search. Brown effectively established his facts through cross examination of the arresting officer. Brown’s legal argument was based on existing U.S. Supreme Court cases and several cases from South Carolina and other states. The Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed the trial judge’s suppression of the drugs.