Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys in New Orleans

Aggressive & Experienced Litigators On Your Side

Facing a drug crime charge can be a frightening experience. You may be unsure of what is going to happen to you or where you can turn for help. At The Burrell Firm, LLC in New Orleans and Ruston, our drug crimes defense attorneys are trial-tested legal advocates who will aggressively fight to have your charges dropped or reduced so you can get your life back to normal as quickly as possible. Being charged with a drug crime is a very serious matter, so the quicker you make an informed decision about who will represent you going forward, the better.

Don’t hesitate to get help. Contact us now by calling (504) 420-7575 or write to us online.

Drug Charges & Penalties in Louisiana

Drug crimes in Louisiana can range from minor infractions to serious federal crimes, and everything in between. Drug offenses are taken very seriously in our state and often lead to jail time, hefty fines, and a long-term if not permanent blemish on your reputation.

You can be charged with a drug crime in Louisiana for any of the following:

  • Manufacture and cultivation
  • Distribution/trafficking or intent to distribute
  • Sales or intent to sell
  • Possession
  • Conspiracy

Possession charges are based on which drug you have been accused of possessing:

  • Schedule I drugs: This category includes heroin, MDMA, and LSD, and carries a potential penalty of up to 10 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
  • Schedule II drugs: Cocaine and methamphetamines, considered schedule II drugs, carry a possible 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
  • Schedule III drugs: For crimes related to drugs like ketamine, steroids, and codeine you can be sentenced to up to 5 years in jail, with or without hard labor, and no more than $5,000 in fines.

For the possession of marijuana, the penalties depend on how much of the drug you are carrying and whether you have been accused of any previous offenses.

Penalties for the possession of marijuana include:

  • For the possession of 14 grams or less, a first offense marijuana possession conviction carries a potential 15 days in jail and $300 in fines under the new law.
  • For the possession of over 14 grams, a first offense marijuana possession charge carries the potential for up to 6 months in jail and $500 in fines.
    • A second offense charge of the possession of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor and carries up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
    • A third offense marijuana possession carries up to 2 years in prison and $2,500 in fines.
    • A fourth or subsequent offense carries up to 20 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.

Penalties for drug offenses will vary considerably from case to case. Although each case is unique, these penalties are often severe and have the potential to result in long-term consequences.

Drug crime penalties will vary depending on several factors:

  • Your charge (possession, distribution, etc.)
  • The amount and type of substance
  • Your criminal history

Contact The Burrell Firm Today

Drug laws are very complicated in nature and many factors go into the sentencing of each case, as noted above. If you have been charged with a drug crime you are probably feeling overwhelmed, stressed, frightened, angry, or a combination of many emotions. It can be very trying to deal with such a situation on your own, which is where we come in. Our New Orleans and Ruston drug crimes defense attorneys will stand up for you in court and work hard to get your charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced.

Ready to speak with an experienced drug crimes defense attorney? Contact us now to schedule your free case evaluation.

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