I was pulled over in Aiken County, SC (in a borrowed car, that I put my car insurance on) for failure to maintain lane. The officer told me why she pulled me over, then asked me why I was nervous, as I was handing her my information. I said "because I got pulled over". Then she asked if she could search the vehicle. I said yes, hesitantly, then I let her know that I did have drugs in my purse (pills and cocaine). Her partner came and searched me when they asked me to step out of the car, while the first officer searched my things. Once she pulled everything out and placed it on the car, she walked to me and said I was being arrested then handcuffed me, without reading me any rights. The second officer immediately took me to the car and brought me to jail. I was charged with two misdemeanors and this is my first offense.
My charges are:
Drugs/possession of cocaine, 1st offense ; CDR Code: 3011 ; Offense Statute: 44-53-0370(d)(3) ; Penalty Statute: 44-53-0370(d)(3)
Drugs/ poss. of narc. in Schedule I(b),(c), LSD & Schedule II- 1st offense ; CDR Code: 0176 ; Offense Statute: 44-53-0370(c) ; Penalty Statute: 44-53-0370(d)(1)
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