Every state in the U.S. regulates the possession of controlled drug substances. In South Carolina, there are five schedules of controlled drug substances. The first schedule is the most dangerous, with the highest risk factor in abuse and addiction. Its danger and the probability of abuse decrease with the increase in the schedule levels. Concurrently so does the medicinal value increase.
It is very much illegal to be in possession of a CDS without any prescription from a trained physician. There are various penalties that you may get depending on the type of CDS that the police arrest you while in possession. The possession of schedule I and II narcotics such as LSD is a misdemeanor, and you may face an initial charge of two years in jail or a fine of $2000 or both. A second offense becomes a felony that may face five years in prison and a $5000 fine or both. A third offense will qualify you to get up to $10,000 and 5 years in jail or both.
The possession of any other schedule is a misdemeanor with the first penalty resulting in $1000 or 6 months in jail. The second offense carries a fine of $2000 and a year in jail or both. Cocaine is the only drug that does not fall into any schedules. Even though possession of cocaine is a misdemeanor, possessing the drug may lead to a $5000 or three years in jail as a first-time offense. The second and third offenses may result in a jail term of five to ten years and a fine between $7500 to $12,500.
The following information is only meant to be educational. Do not use it as legal advice.