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In Louisiana, facing a drug charge may expose you to harsh penalties if you are convicted as charged. The potential penalties for a drug charge may depend on the type of drug you are accused of possessing, the amount and whether you are accused of simple drug possession, drug distribution or drug trafficking. If you are accused of committing a drug crime in a drug-free zone or while you were in possession of a gun, the potential penalties may be even more severe. No matter what Louisiana drug charge you might be facing, it is important for you to get help from an experienced drug defense lawyer in Louisiana.


He Wrote the Book on How to Defend Drug Charges in Louisiana



Carl Barkemeyer, Louisiana drug defense attorney, wisely defends his clients who are charged with all types of drug offenses and work to secure the best possible outcomes in their cases.  There are many different scenarios a client can be in when facing a drug possession or distribution charge in Louisiana. 

In some cases, drug treatment and/or counseling may be advised to increase the chance of getting the best outcome. Mr. Barkemeyer knows drug offenses and the correlation with treatment very well. He has been helping clients find treatment his entire career. Defending drug charges is his primary focus in his law practice. Watching a client clean up his criminal record and his addiction is the most rewarding part of practicing law.

Other cases may involve fighting the prosecutor on the facts and law. We file and argue motions to suppress evidence from trial when the officers appear to used unconstitutional tactics when searching and making arrests.  Mr. Barkemeyer has extensively researched search and seizure topics and argued for his clients in hearings through Louisiana.


Drug charges require an entirely different set of skills and knowledge than most other types of law and even criminal defense.

  • Mr. Barkemeyer has focused his practice on defending clients with drug charges for 16 years.
  • He does not handle custody cases and divorce.
  • He does not do wills and estate planning.
  • He is a drug defense lawyer in Louisiana. Contact him at 225-964-6720 if you are serious about getting the best result in your drug case.


Drug Possession Charges in Louisiana

The potential penalties for possessing drugs will depend on the type of drug, the amount and whether you are accused of possessing drug possession distribution defense attorney in louisianathe drugs with the intent to sell them. Drugs that are considered to be controlled dangerous substances are divided into five schedules in Louisiana. Drugs that are considered to be the most dangerous fall into schedule I. These drugs are considered to have a high potential for addiction and no medical value. Illegally possessing scheduled drugs may result in substantial penalties. A list of the drugs and the schedules in which they fall are found in LA Rev Stat § 40:964. You can check the list to find the drug that you are accused of possessing to see how it is scheduled.

If you possess a schedule I drug without a valid prescription, the penalties will vary depending on the drug, the amount and whether you are charged with possessing it with the intent to sell or to distribute it. Even simple drug possession charges may result in terms of imprisonment, making it important for you to get help from a Louisiana drug possession lawyer at Carl Barkemeyer, drug charge defense attorney. For example, if you are charged with possessing narcotic schedule I drugs without a prescription such as opiates or opium derivatives, you may face a minimum of four years of hard labor up to 10 years and a fine of up to $5,000 under LA Rev Stat § 40:966. Potential penalties for possessing drugs that fall into other schedules include the following:

  • Simple possession of Schedule II drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamine - Two to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
  • Simple possession of Schedule III drugs - Up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
  • Simple possession of Schedule IV drugs - Up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 except for Flunitrazepam, which can lead to hard labor of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $5,000
  • Simple possession of Schedule V drugs - Up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000

At our Louisiana drug charge law firm, we are able to advise you about the charges that you are facing and work to build the strongest defense to the charges possible. The potential penalties for simple possession offenses demonstrate the importance of getting help from an experienced simple possession lawyer.


Drug Distribution Charges in Louisianalouisiana drug charge lawyer

The potential penalties for drug distribution are much more severe than the penalties for simple possession of the drugs. The penalties vary depending on the drug's schedule. For schedule I drugs, including marijuana and synthetic marijuana, you might face between five and 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. If you are accused of distributing a schedule I or other scheduled drug, it is very important for you to talk to a possession with intent lawyer at our drug distribution defense law firm as soon as possible.


Drug Trafficking Crimes

If you are charged with trafficking in drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ecstasy or others, it is best for you to get help from a drug defense attorney as soon as possible. Juries and courts are not very sympathetic to defendants who are charged with drug trafficking. Without help from an experienced Louisiana drug charge lawyer, you might face decades in prison and substantial fines. A Louisiana drug charge defense attorney at our law firm might be able to identify problems with how the investigation, search and seizure was conducted to help you to build a strong defense case.


Drug Crime Attorney Experience

Carl Barkemeyer has been a drug crime attorney for over 16 years. He spent the first two years of his career defending only drug cases in Shreveport, Louisiana. From then on, he has had a special interest in being the best drug crime attorney in Louisiana by constantly sharpening his skills in the courtroom and researching the latest drug laws in Louisiana. Drug crime attorneys are different than most criminal defense attorneys because drug laws are a unique body of law that only experienced drug crime attorneys get familiar with. Lawyers that stay busy handling sex and murder crimes or personal injury do not get the level of experience Mr. Barkemeyer has because he defends drug crimes every day. He knows how to tailor a defense for the specific client. He starts early on in preparing a strategy to beat the drug charge.


Get Help From a Louisiana Drug Charge Lawyer

Getting charged with a drug offense may result in very serious consequences if you are convicted. Whether you need help from a possession with intent lawyer or a simple possession attorney, you might benefit by contacting Carl Barkemeyer, Louisiana drug charge defense attorney as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more about your potential rights and how we might be able to help you.


Anywhere in Louisiana

We represent clients charged with drug charges throughout Louisiana. If you have a drug charge anywhere in Louisiana, contact us at 225-964-6720. Some of the areas may include:

Acadia, Church, Point, Crowley, Rayne, Allen, Kinder, Oakdale, Oberlin, Ascension, Donaldsonville, Gonzales, Port, Vincent, Assumption, Napoleonville, Pierre, Part, Avoyelles, Bunkie, Cottonport, Marksville, Beauregard, DeRidder, Bienville, Arcadia, Gibsland, Mount, Lebanon, Ringgold, Sparta, Bossier, Barksdale, Field, Bellevue, Benton, Bossier, City, Plain, Dealing, Caddo, Oil, City, Shreveport, Vivian, Calcasieu, DeQuincy, Lake, Charles, Maplewood, Sulphur, Vinton, Westlake, Caldwell, Columbia, Cameron, Cameron, Catahoula, Harrisonburg, Jonesville, Trinity, Troyville (now Jonesville), Claiborne, Haynesville, Homer, Concordia, Ferriday, Vidalia, De Soto, Grand, Cane, Logansport, Mansfield, East Baton Rouge, Baker, Baton Rouge, Port Hudson, Scotlandville, Zachary, East Carroll, Lake Providence, East Feliciana, Clinton, Jackson, Wilson, Evangeline, Basile, Mamou, Ville Platte, Franklin, Winnsboro, Wisner, Grant, Colfax, Machen, Montgomery, Pollock, Iberia, Jeanerette, New Iberia, Iberville, Plaquemine, White Castle, Jackson, Eros, Jonesboro, Vernon, Jefferson, Carrolton, Grand Isle, Gretna, Kenner, Metairie, Jefferson, Davis, Elton, Jennings, Lake, Arthur, Welsh, La Salle, Jena, Olla, Tullos, Lafayette, Lafayette, Youngsville, Lafourche, Larose, Lockport, Thibodaux, Lincoln, Ruston, Vienna, Livingston, Denham Springs, Livingston, Maurepas, Port Vincent, Springfield, Springville, Madison, Richmond, Tallulah, Morehouse, Bastrop, Natchitoches, Campti, Natchitoches, Orleans, Algiers, Lafayette, City, New Orleans, Ouachita, Calhoun, Monroe, West, Monroe, Plaquemines, Belle Chasse, Braithwaite, Dalcour, Point a la Hache, Pointe, Coupee, New, Roads, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Alexandria, Cheneyville, Glenmora, Lecompte, Pineville, Red River, Coushatta, Richland, Delhi, Rayville, Sabine, Many, St. Bernard, Arabi, Chalmette, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Boutte, Good Hope, Hahnville, Norco, St. Rose, St. Helena, Greensburg, St. James, Bringier, Convent, Lutcher, Saint, Michel, Vacherie, St. John the Baptist, Garyville, La, Place, Lucy, St. Landry, Eunice, Opelousas, Washington, St. Martin, Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville, St. Mary, Berwick, Franklin, Morgan, City, Patterson, St. Tammany, Covington, Folsom, Mandeville, Slidell, Tangipahoa, Amite City, Hammond, Independence, Kentwood, Ponchatoula, Roseland, Tensas, St. Joseph, Terrebonne, Houma, Schriever, Waterproof, Union, Bernice, Farmerville, Vermilion, Abbeville, Gueydan, Kaplan, Vernon, Fort Polk, Leesville, New Llano, Simpson, Washington, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Webster, Minden, Springhill, West Baton Rouge, Port, Allen, West, Carroll, Floyd, Oak, Grove, West Feliciana, Bayou, Sara, St. Francisville, Winn, Dodson, and Winnfield.

Answers to Drug Charge Questions


What court in Louisiana is my drug charge in?

If you are wondering what courthouse to go to for your drug charge in Louisiana, then see the chart below. Find the parish where you were arrested, then you will see the city of the courthouse for that parish.


Acadia Parish, Louisiana

Crowley, Louisiana

Allen Parish, Louisiana

Oberlin, Louisiana

Ascension Parish, Louisiana

Donaldsonville, Louisiana

Assumption Parish, Louisiana

Napoleonville, Louisiana

Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana

Marksville, Louisiana

Beauregard Parish, Louisiana

De Ridder, Louisiana

Bienville Parish, Louisiana

Arcadia, Louisiana

Bossier Parish, Louisiana

Benton, Louisiana

Caddo Parish, Louisiana

Shreveport, Louisiana

Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Caldwell Parish, Louisiana

Columbia, Louisiana

Cameron Parish, Louisiana

Cameron, Louisiana

Catahoula Parish, Louisiana

Harrisonburg, Louisiana

Claiborne Parish, Louisiana

Homer, Louisiana

Concordia Parish, Louisiana

Vidalia, Louisiana

De Soto Parish, Louisiana

Mansfield, Louisiana

East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

East Carroll Parish, Louisiana

Lake Providence, Louisiana

East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

Clinton, Louisiana

Evangeline Parish, Louisiana

Ville Platte, Louisiana

Franklin Parish, Louisiana

Winnsboro, Louisiana

Grant Parish, Louisiana

Colfax, Louisiana

Iberia Parish, Louisiana

New Iberia, Louisiana

Iberville Parish, Louisiana

Plaquemine, Louisiana

Jackson Parish, Louisiana

Jonesboro, Louisiana

Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana

Jennings, Louisiana

Jefferson Parish, Louisiana

Gretna, Louisiana

Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

Thibodaux, Louisiana

La Salle Parish, Louisiana

Jena, Louisiana

Lincoln Parish, Louisiana

Ruston, Louisiana

Livingston Parish, Louisiana

Livingston, Louisiana

Madison Parish, Louisiana

Tallulah, Louisiana

Morehouse Parish, Louisiana

Bastrop, Louisiana

Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Orleans Parish, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Ouachita Parish, Louisiana

Monroe, Louisiana

Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

Pointe A La Hache, Louisiana

Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana

New Roads, Louisiana

Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Alexandria, Louisiana

Red River Parish, Louisiana

Coushatta, Louisiana

Richland Parish, Louisiana

Rayville, Louisiana

Sabine Parish, Louisiana

Many, Louisiana

St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana

Chalmette, Louisiana

St. Charles Parish, Louisiana

Hahnville, Louisiana

St. Helena Parish, Louisiana

Greensburg, Louisiana

St. James Parish, Louisiana

Convent, Louisiana

St. John The Baptist Parish, Louisiana

Edgard, Louisiana

St. Landry Parish, Louisiana

Opelousas, Louisiana

St. Martin Parish, Louisiana

St. Martinville, Louisiana

St. Mary Parish, Louisiana

Franklin, Louisiana

St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana

Covington, Louisiana

Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

Amite, Louisiana

Tensas Parish, Louisiana

St. Joseph, Louisiana

Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana

Houma, Louisiana

Union Parish, Louisiana

Farmerville, Louisiana

Vermilion Parish, Louisiana

Abbeville, Louisiana

Vernon Parish, Louisiana

Leesville, Louisiana

Washington Parish, Louisiana

Franklinton, Louisiana

Webster Parish, Louisiana

Minden, Louisiana

West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Port Allen, Louisiana

West Carroll Parish, Louisiana

Oak Grove, Louisiana

West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

St. Francisville, Louisiana

Winn Parish, Louisiana

Winnfield, Louisiana


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