Creation of Meth Lab Lawyer in Louisiana

La RS 40:983 Creation or operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance

 

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Carl Barkemeyer is drug defense lawyer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Creation of Methamphetamine Lab and Manufacturing Meth are serious felony charges in Louisiana.  They carry a sentencing range of 5-15 years in prison.  Mr. Barkemeyer is highly experienced in handling these charges and other similar charges surrounding meth.  See below for excerpts to relevant Louisiana statutes.

 

Creation of Clandestine Lab for Methamphetamine Production

In Louisiana, as well as other states in the country have outlawed Methamphetamine. This means that it is illegal to produce, sell, distribute, or possess this dangerous stimulant. Sometimes, it is called meth and ice. It is common to see this substance in Louisiana, and that is why there is a stringent law outlawing it. It is outlaw because it doesn't have any medical benefits. Apart from that, it has dangerous side effects and can be so addictive.

The effects are usually dangerous to health and it is common to see people overdosing from it. This means that if you are caught producing, selling, distributing, or possessing meth, you could be jailed or heftily fined for it. You need a meth lawyer in Louisiana to represent you immediately. 

It doesn't matter if you are a user or not, possessing this substance can lead to a hefty penalty.

Being convicted of creation of a clandestine lab, especially when the said person has a prior conviction, can lead to a long jail sentence. It could also lead to a criminal record that can taint the person's charge of getting a good job, scholarship, and other awesome opportunities.

When you have a skilled creation of meth lab lawyer in Louisiana, like Carl Barkemeyer representing you, it could to your case being dismissed or your charge reduced. Carl understands the laws of the land and knows how to put it to good use. He has represented a number of cases with similar charges.

He and his team will look at your case, analyzing every fact in the process. He has a team of investigators that see if there is a by-hole in the facts or evidence. If we find any, we use it to our advantage in creating a defense strategy for you.

We try to see if every rule was used in the book when the sting operation occurred. Was your human right adhered to? These and more are followed when creating your defense strategy.

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Some Defense Strategies We Use

When we have to represent a client that has been caught possessing, selling, or running a meth lab, we have a number of defense strategies that we use. We will look at only a few of them. It is important to note that some of these defense strategies may not work for some cases and may work perfectly for other cases. We look at the facts of your case and decide upon which one may be somewhat effective in defending you.

 

The Lab Is Not Your Own

The prosecution team has to prove that the clandestine lab that was searched was yours. They look for different ways to prove it. It could be that you were in there when the search and seizure occurred. It could be that your name was on the lease. It could be that the property is one of yours. It could be that you have been seen coming in and leaving the said facility and so on.

In the case of you being in the lab when the search and seizure occurred, we could state that you wandered into the wrong place at the wrong time.

If it is a case is your name being on the lease, it could be that your name was penned there without you knowing.

In the case that the property is yours, it could be that you have leased it out to someone that you had no idea would use it for such. There are a lot of defense strategies that we can come up with using this based on the facts of your case.

 

Illegal Search and Seizure

This is one defense strategy we love to use too, when it fits your case. We can state that whatever evidence that was gotten against you can't be admitted in court. This is because your rights were violated when the evidence was obtained. It could be that they did not have a search warrant or probable cause to gain access to your building. They didn't have your consent too. This makes it an illegal search and seizure.

Before a lawful search and seizure can be conducted, it is paramount that the official obtains a warrant issued from a neutral magistrate.

The only times that this can be waived are in the following instances.

If you give the authorities consent to search your home and a meth lab is seen there, it is legal.

If it is in line with the plain view doctrine, it is legal.

If your lab is in your vehicle and you were stopped and frisked, it is legal.

If your vehicle was in a hot pursuit and the officers find a meth lab in it, it is legal.

If none of these instances was present when the officers searched your home without a warrant, whatever evidence they see may not be admitted in court. This is because your Fourth Amendment rights were ignored.

They didn't have the authority to gain access to your priest and seize evidence.

Let us say that you were caught in front of your house committing a crime, it is advisable not to consent to the officers gaining access to your house. Do not tell them to tell your loved one inside to come outside because of your arrest. Do not tell them to go inside and get something for you. If you do, you have given them consent to search your house. Whatever they find can be used against you in court.

If evidence is gotten in an illegal manner, the prosecution team will have no choice but to drop the evidence, which means they can't be used against you. If the prosecution team doesn't have any other evidence, the case could be dropped against you or the charges reduced.

 

Penalties For Creation of Meth Lab In Louisiana

If you are charged with this crime, you should not take it for granted. You need a criminal defense attorney like Carl Barkemeyer that understands the law and has handled a number of similar cases.

If you are convicted for Creation of Clandestine Lab in Louisiana, you could be facing 5-15 years in prison. You could pay a fine of up to $25,000. 

 

Creation or operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance; definition under La RS 40:983

A. Creation or operation of a clandestine laboratory for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance is any of the following:

(1) The purchase, sale, distribution, or possession of any material, compound, mixture, preparation, supplies, equipment, or structure with the intent that it be used for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance.

(2) The transportation or arranging for the transportation of any material, compound, mixture, preparation, supplies, or equipment with the intent that such material, compound, mixture, preparation, supplies, or equipment be used for the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance.

(3) The distribution of any material, compound, mixture, preparation, equipment, supplies, or products, which material, compound, mixture, preparation, equipment, supplies, or products have been used in, or produced by, the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance.

(4) The disposal of any material, compound, mixture, preparation, equipment, supplies, products, or byproducts, which material, compound, mixture, preparation, equipment, supplies, products, or byproducts have been used in, or produced by, the unlawful manufacture of a controlled dangerous substance.

 

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