Drug Charges Criminal Defense Lawyer New Orleans, Louisiana
In Louisiana and Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, Metairie, St. Bernard Parish, Kenner, Greta, Chalmette, Slidell & St. Tammany Parish, the Drug Crimes statues are contained in Title 40 of the Louisiana Criminal Code. The subsections of the Louisiana Drug Crimes title contain the following crimes:
- Possession of Marijuana;
- Possession of Heroin;
- Possession of Cocaine;
- Possession of Ecstasy;
- Possession of Schedule I, II, III, IV, V drugs;
- Possessing or a distributing controlled dangerous substances;
- Manufacturing, distributing, possessing with intent to distribute, or dispense controlled dangerous substance;
- Drug kingpin;
- Distributing faked controlled dangerous substances;
- Prescription drugs;
- Disturbing prescription drugs;
- Possession of a Legend Drug;
- Paraphernalia possession (misdemeanor on first few offenses)
If you have been charged with or arrested for Drug Crimes in the State of Louisiana, contact Harold E. Weiser III., with the Weiser Law Firm at 504.358.2273 to ensure that you receive the highest-quality Drug Crimes criminal defense possible.
The crimes contained in the Drug Crimes Title 40 of the Louisiana Criminal Law Code carry varying possible penalties and fines. If you would like to review the exact language of the Louisiana Criminal Code, check out the Louisiana Revised Statute Laws. The possible outcomes of Drug Crimes charges range from Nolle Prosequi (Nolle Pros), Diversion Program, Failure to Prosecute, Probation Before Judgment (PBJ), Drug Court, Unsupervised Probation, Not Guilty, or Guilty.
Louisiana Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Laws:
In New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana, federal and state officials are very serious when it comes to drug-related criminal charges. Laws on both the state and federal level provide zero or close-to-zero tolerance for drug offenses. Investigators and prosecutors pursue these charges aggressively, and criminal penalties for these offenses are becoming increasingly harsh. For example, if you are convicted of simple possession of marijuana less than 28 grams, you face up to 5 years in prison, and on a third offense charge you will face up to 20 years in prison. The Federal Court Sentencing guidelines vary depending on amount and prior criminal history.
For other charges, like possession of large quantities of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, or trafficking, a convicted individual will face significantly more severe penalties. Worse yet, some the more minor drug offenses are felony offenses. Possession of less than 28 grams of marijuana is only a misdemeanor unless it is packaged with the intent to sell. If you are convicted of possession of more than 28 grams of marijuana in the state of Louisiana or elsewhere, you will have a felony conviction that you will need to disclose any time you complete a background check in the future. Significantly, this will hamper your ability to find a job in the future.
Felony, Misdemeanor, Penalties, Fines, Costs, Parole & Probation for Drug Crimes Crimes in Louisiana, New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, Metairie, Kenner, Slidell, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, St. Charles Parish, and St. John’s Parish.
The crimes of Drug Crimes in the State of Louisiana can be charged as either a felony or misdemeanor depending on the severity and evidence of the case. What that means to Drug Crimes defendants in the state of Louisiana is that they may face the possibility of incarceration in the local detention center (Parish Prison) or the Louisiana Department of Corrections, and or fines and court costs.
Parole & Probation for Drug Crimes in the state of Louisiana
In addition to facing possible time in jail or prison, District Court and Circuit Court Judges in the state of Louisiana can place you on a period of probation from One (1) day to Five (5) years. Probation may require you to check-in with a Louisiana Parole and Probation agent once daily, weekly, and monthly or on a bi-monthly basis.
Probation may also be supervised or unsupervised and that will be decided by the Judge that the case is heard before. Supervised probation requires your presence at one of the many parole and probation offices located around the state of Louisiana.
Limited probation or unsupervised probation may only require an occasional phone call to a probation agent or no contact at all with parole and probation. Conditions of probation can vary from Judge to Judge and an effective defense by the Weiser Law Firm, LLC can assist in reducing the effects of your life after the trial date. Most judges will assign standard conditions of probation but we have had success in reducing the effects of probation on clients. Call us today at 504.358.2273 to schedule your free criminal law consultation.
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We are available serving residents charged or arrested for Drug Crimes and in need of a Criminal Defense Lawyer in New Orleans, Jefferson Parish, Metairie, Gretna, Slidell, Kenner, Chalmette, St. Bernard, St. Tammany, Westwego, La Place, and St. Charles.
In the state of Louisiana, the severity of Drug Crimes charges in the Greater New Orleans Area depends on several criteria:
- Whether you have any prior criminal history;
- Whether you have any prior violent crime offenses;
- Whether the Drug Crimes was willful, intentional, or malicious;
- Whether anyone sustained any injuries in the course of the Drug Crimes;
- The severity of the injuries or damages;
- The value of injuries or damages.
In the state of Louisiana, the crimes under the Louisiana Criminal Code Title 40 Drug Crimes carry a range of penalties. Across the state of Louisiana, including New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, and St. Bernard Parish, law enforcement agencies investigate and pursues Drug Crimes cases with intense investigative techniques.
The Weiser Law Firm Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Drug Crimes cases can be complicated and difficult to litigate and defend. Drug Crimes charges are strongly pursued by law enforcement and the state’s attorney for the jurisdiction in which the crime allegedly occurred.
If you have been charged or arrested for Drug Crimes in Louisiana, you need an experience, skilled, trusted, and knowledgeable Drug Crimes criminal defense attorney. Without the assistance and help, you have little chance of winning your case, if it goes to trial.
At the Weiser Law Firm, LLC, we will conduct a thorough investigation into the details and specifics of the Drug Crimes charges. We will formulate the most appropriate argument for your Drug Crimes defense.
Harsher Penalties and Enhanced Sentencing
Repeat drug offenders face stiffer penalties and longer jail sentences under the Louisiana Habitual Offender Statute. Furthermore, when a drug case involves large quantities of an illegal substance, charges may be enhanced to possession with theintent to distribute. An individual may also face enhanced charges and stricter sentencing if found in possession of illegal drugs in proximity to areas such as:
Persons charged with drug possession may not necessarily have to go to trial to resolve their case. A resolution may be achieved via negotiations with the district attorney. A first time offense of simple possession of certain controlled dangerous substances may qualify for a drug diversion program rather than a prison term. Diversion programs are not available to offenders facing distribution charges.
Often, the law enforcement agencies or State’s Attorney’s office for the parish you are charged in will overlook an aspect of the case, if this happen, we will find other witnesses or evidence to present to the Court or state’s attorney’s office to support your side of the Drug Crimes case. We will work with you and fight for your rights and freedoms.
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