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In the state of Louisiana, drug possession laws are very strict and, in the country, they are one of the toughest. If you are caught with even the smallest amount of marijuana illegally, you would be charged with up to two weeks in jail and even face up to a three hundred dollar fine. Individuals who are caught with the possession of larger amounts of drugs could even face larger amounts as fines as well as longer prison sentences up to 40 years.
Persons who are caught with drugs inside of their vehicles or in their homes still could be arrested for the possession of illegal drugs. The possession of more drugs than of personal consumption can be charged as the illegal distribution of drugs as the case may be but of course with solid and reasonable evidence.
If you or your loved one has been charged with the possession of illegal drugs, you need to hire a criminal defense attorney except you want to be spending your next birthday in jail or paying a fine or even both.
You may also wonder if small drug amounts can result in no charge but in the state of Louisiana, drug possession laws signify that getting caught with any form of an illegal substance can be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the circumstances on which your arrest was made. That means that it could leave a permanent mark on your criminal record and we all know how difficult it can be to get a job with a criminal record and you could also be laid off your job or estranged from your loved ones.
There is also a rule that when you are charged on three counts of a misdemeanor it then becomes a felony. This can result in harsher penalties such as more fines as well as longer jail sentences. Marks on your criminal record are available for everyone to access and see so it makes it harder to apply for jobs, buying a house, or getting a loan and they can all see that you have a criminal record on drug charges and it usually does not end well.
In a situation where the cops who arrest you insist that you don’t have to worry about a thing as the amount is little and you can tell them all, they need to know, don’t fall for it as it could be a trap and you need to get a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible in order to minimize the damage before it goes worse.
Heroin is considered one of the most addictive drugs in the world and it is extremely dangerous as well, regardless of all of that fact, a lot of people still take it. As a result of the position of heroin in the world, the penalties for the possession or the distribution of this drug and a lot of other kinds of narcotics are extremely tougher than a lot.
Instead of the average few days in jail and a little fine to back it up or one of the other, even the smallest possession of heroin can be charged with at least 4 years in prison and with hard labor as well. Fines accompanying this penalty can be a lot higher as well.
Marijuana has come to be one of the most controversial drugs around not just the country or the state but the entire world. In recent times, the medical market has been legalized for certain purposes and that means the law had changed a lot for people who have health conditions that require the possession of marijuana.
However, that isn't where it ends as you are required to get all your medicinal marijuana from one source and it should be the appropriate one to be considered legal and to be possessed with any query. Any person who is caught possessing illegally obtained marijuana of any kind would have penalties applied to them as well. There are also penalties for people who sell or distribute marijuana.
Being a drug addict can also lead to you being taken into a rehabilitation center in other to get better and prevent self-harm or another side effect of drug abuse or drug addiction. There are a lot of drugs that are considered illegal in the state of Louisiana and they all come in different scheduled. Hiring a good lawyer to help you with your case would also enable them to explain these schedules and how they most likely would affect you and your situation.
· Creation of meth lab
· Possession with the intent to distribute
· Cultivation of marijuana
· Obtaining CDS by fraud
· Violation of CDS laws
· Synthetic cannabinoid charges
· Drug paraphernalia
· Possession of legend drugs
· Heroine charges
If you have been charged in the state of Louisiana for the case of drug possession you need to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You should also remember that anything you do or say can be used against you in the court of law and that is why it is better to not say anything except your criminal defense attorney is present even if you are asked a lot of questions prior. Every citizen has a right to legal representation and even if you have been charged, you haven’t been convicted and that is where the work begins.
Carl Barkemeyer is a criminal defense attorney is an experienced lawyer that can give you the most aggressive representation in the court of law. We work with investigators to find out more about your case and ask you questions that can help your case dropped entirely or reduced significantly. So, if you or anyone you know has been charged with the possession of drugs or even the distribution here in the city of Monroe, you can contact us for your defense.