Do Most Drug Cases go to Trial or do They Plead Out in Louisiana?

 

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Most cases settle in the end, with either a dismissal or a plea of guilty. Very few drug cases actually go to trial. There are situations where we have a suppression hearing, which is a hearing that the defense can request to try to prove that evidence the prosecutor wants to use at trial against the defendant should be suppressed from trial. The result of that suppression hearing determines whether the defendant pleads guilty or the case is dismissed. Many times, if the defendant loses the suppression hearing, the prosecutor will withdraw all offers, leaving the defendant with the only option of pleading guilty.

 

Trial or Plead Gulity In Louisiana?

Even though the law in the state of Louisiana is strict and leans a heavy hand on drug-related offenses, there are actually few instances of drug-related cases going to trial in the state of Louisiana. This is mainly because, rather than go to trial and getting a sentence, the defendant would instead, take a plea deal or make some sort of deal with the prosecutor. A settlement between the defense and the prosecution is usually how drug charges end in the state of Louisiana.

In the case of a first-time offender, if a deal is made, it usually just leads to a dismissal of the case. In this situation, as a criminal defense attorney Baton Rouge, we would look at and carefully consider the facts and the circumstances that surround the drug case and would use this information to predict what the outcome of a trial would be. This would give an insight into whether a trial is a worthy risk or whether to take a deal. We would also help to negotiate and fine-tune the details of a plea with the prosecutor. With our knowledge of Louisiana state law and our experience in the Louisiana state courtrooms, we would be able to get a first-time drug offender the best possible outcome.

In the case of a repeated offender, the terms would be different. We would take our time in carefully looking through all of the details, facts, and circumstances of the case. We would also take a close look at the criminal record of the defendant. All of the information gotten from here would help in determining the best course of action to take and the best strategy to employ in getting you the best possible outcome.

Usually, if there is evidence to be presented by the prosecutor in the event of a trial, the first course of action would be to determine how the evidence was obtained and determine the quality of the evidence. Should the evidence be circumstantial, a suppression hearing can be filed. A suppression hearing is a type of hearing that the defense can request before a trial in order to get the evidence presented by the prosecutor suppressed and thereby rendered useless during a trial. A suppression hearing can be filed for different reasons, and usually, the result of this hearing is a huge determinant on how the case is going to proceed. In some first-time offender cases, a suppression hearing can be filed if the evidence is circumstantial. If the suppression is granted and the prosecution has no other substantial evidence to present against the defendant, the case can very well be dismissed on the basis of a lack of evidence. However, in a situation where the suppression is not allowed, then the defendant is back to considering a plea deal or a guilty plea.

Most times in a drug-related case, before a suppression hearing, the prosecutor would usually present several deals and offers to the defense in the hopes of cooperation. As a criminal defense attorney Baton Rouge, we would look into the details of all of the presented deals and offers, weigh the options against the chances of winning the suppression hearing and calculate the risks involved in taking either course of action. We would also explain these risks and the possible outcomes of either choice carefully to you for your understanding.

In many cases, if a suppression hearing is lost by the defense, the prosecutor would most likely withdraw all of their deals and offers, leaving the defense with only the option of a guilty plea. In this situation, the risk of a guilty plea needs to be considered, and we would be sure to explain what this entails to you in detail.

A settlement case is one that needs to be carefully considered for both the defendant and the prosecutor. In cases like this, a lot of thought and deliberation need to be involved in order to get the best possible outcome. As a criminal defense attorney Baton Rouge, we are dedicated to making sure that we look into the fine print of every single case specially. We go the extra mile to not only handle your case but to explain the proceedings of the case to you at every single step of the way so that you are not lost anywhere. We would break down the technical details of the case to you in order to make sure that you understand what you are up against and you can make an informed decision.

 

What Should You Do Immediately You Are Caught With Drugs In Louisiana

The first thing you do is to not talk to the officers. If you must your fingers to hold your lips shut, do it. Don't for a second think that it is the duty of the police to prove your innocence. It is only your attorney that has that job. Most times, the job of the police is to gather evidence against you. Talking and saying incriminating things is a great way to give the police the needed evidence that they crave for. We have seen cases of those sent to jail, not because the police could gather cogent evidence against them on their own, but as a result of the fact that the arrestees said incriminating words.

Immediately, you are arrested, tell the officers present that you won't say anything until your attorney is present. They won't force you to talk. What they would do instead is to try and convince you by playing mind games. Don't fall for it.

 

Drug Defense Attorney in Baton Rouge

As a drug defense attorney Baton Rouge, we have the necessary experience in drug-related cases as well a wide knowledge of the laws guiding the state of Louisiana in terms of drug-related cases. As a result of this, we would be an asset in a drug-related case. With the knowledge that we have, combined with our experience in the Louisiana courtrooms and with the Louisiana state prosecutors, you would have at your disposal what you need to obtain the best possible outcome.

We are especially dedicated to each and every one of our clients and would go our extreme to get them the best outcome possible on any drug-related case.

We are widespread and versatile with offices all over the state of Louisiana. This means that regardless of where you are in Louisiana, you can always have us at your beck and call. It does not matter if you already have a public defender assigned to your case, contact us today and we would take up your case immediately giving it all of the attention that it deserves.

If you or anyone you know is involved in or has a pending drug-related issue with the state of Louisiana anywhere in Louisiana, then you have already wasted enough time not contacting us. Get a drug defense attorney Baton Rouge to take on your case today by contacting us now.

If you have a drug charge and need a drug crime defense attorney in Louisiana, contact us at (225) 964-6720.  We handle drug charges anywhere in Louisiana.

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