Have you been accused of drug trafficking or drug distribution? If you have, then you probably already understand how much trouble you could be in with the law. The laws of Louisiana and the federal government restrict and penalize the sale, transport and import of unlawful substances such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana and other illegal drugs.

Even though you’ve been stopped with these drugs, you do have some options. You may be able to have your charges reduced or dismissed depending on your case. You also could be penalized in a variety of ways that vary depending on your particular situation. Generally, factors such as the type of drug you had, the area where you were distributing it or if you were targeting children will be considered. How different can your sentence be? At the least, drug trafficking charges could result in three to five years in prison; however, you could be facing as long as life behind bars.

Drug trafficking and distribution is considered to be a much more serious crime than simply possessing drugs. Even having a large quantity of prescription medications on hand could result in these charges, even if you didn’t intend to sell them. If you are discovered with those prescription drugs and a large amount of money, for instance, you could be charged with trafficking even if the medication is yours and the money was unrelated.

There are so many instances that can be explained through patience and persistence. If you’ve been charged with a crime you didn’t commit, were charged for a situation that was misunderstood or even if you committed a crime you regret, you do have a right to a proper defense before you go to court.

Source: FindLaw, “Drug Trafficking/Distribution” Nov. 04, 2014