Louisiana readers know that drug offenses can lead to serious penalties like fines, community service, prison time, and other punishments. This alleged offense may be interesting to you since it involves marijuana, a drug that is now becoming legal in many states. A 30-year-old woman may face these penalties in the future, since she was charged with a drug offense after an officer came to help her open her car.

According to the report from Oct. 18, the woman had accidentally locked herself out of her car on Oct. 17 at the local Morgan City High School. At the time, the 30-year-old woman approached the officers and asked them for help getting back into her car. When they opened the car for her, they claim that they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle, and they asked her if she had used marijuana that day.

Reports show that the woman admitted to using marijuana before she had gone to the school function, and she allegedly gave them the marijuana from the car. Although she was honest with the officers, they charged her with possession of marijuana, possession of CDS in a drug-free zone, warrant-probation violation, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to appear to pay probation fees, according to the news report. At the time of the report, the woman’s bail had not yet been set by the police.

If you find yourself in a situation where you’re charged with a drug offense, you don’t have to plead guilty to the offense or admit to any crimes, especially if you didn’t do them. Understanding that you’re innocent until proven otherwise is important, and with some knowledge of the booking, charges, and legal process, you may be able to better defend yourself.

Source: 
9 WAFB, “Woman arrested on drug charges after locking herself out of car” Michael Oliver, Oct. 18, 2013