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Marijuana laws in Louisiana

Some crimes seem simple and minor because of the way society treats them. Much debate surrounds marijuana usage. Many view it as a harmless substance that has actual medicinal properties. However, this is a harmful perspective to have because the truth of the matter is that it is illegal in most states and could result in serious criminal penalties if the accused is convicted of this specific drug crime.

Helping you assert a defense against drug charges

It could happen at any point and anywhere. When you are driving, a passenger in a vehicle, walking down the street or at your personal residence, an officer could initiate a search based on reasonable suspicion. This search could result in the uncovering of a wide variety of evidence. In some cases, this could result in a person facing drug charges.

Baton Rouge's pretrial diversion program

Facing criminal charges does not always mean going to trial to avoid serious penalties. For those facing certain charges, such as drug crimes, without a criminal history, it is possible to go through a pretrial program to avoid the criminal consequences that could follow if conviction occurs. Those facing drug charges could enter a drug diversion program, helping them to recover from addiction and avoid the penalties that could follow a conviction.

Georgia fugitive arrested in Louisiana for drug crimes

Being suspected of a crime does not always mean that a person will be arrested and charged for that crime. However, if a person knows that they are suspect and seeks to evade the police, whether they believe they are innocent or not, this makes them a fugitive. This means that a suspected offender is apprehended in a state other than the state where the supposed crime occurred. And if a fugitive is arrested for another crime, this means facing charges related to the original arrest warrant as well as the charges for the current arrest.

Louisiana is tough on marijuana possession. College students, beware.

If you thought you were going to set up camp in a dormitory at Southern University or LSU and have the time of your life rolling a few joints and partying with friends, you may be quite surprised to learn Louisiana has some of the strictest marijuana laws in the nation.

What are some possible defenses to drug possession charges?

Sometimes a person in Louisiana is just in the wrong place at the wrong time when a crime they are not involved in allegedly takes place. This can be the case with certain drug offenses, such as drug possession. In situations like this, it is good to have an understanding of what possible defenses a person may have. Of course, this is just a general overview of drug possession defenses -- an attorney can assess a person's case to determine which defenses are appropriate.

Passenger of vehicle faces 12 drug charges

Traffic stops can be the source of drug charges. In fact, it is not only the driver of an automobile that could face allegations of a drug crime. Anyone traveling in the vehicle could endure the consequences of a drug crime; however, anyone accused of such a crime has the ability to assert a defense.

What you say before your Miranda rights are read may incriminate you

You may have grown up in Louisiana watching cop shows on television like most kids did. In nearly every episode, you likely heard a police officer reading a criminal suspect his or her Miranda rights. Loud background music probably played to give the show a climactic ending. Watching police charge someone with a crime in a fictitious story on TV is one thing; when it's real life and the police officer is talking to you, it's quite another.

The penalties for federal drug trafficking charges

When it comes to drug crimes, there are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions. A drug charge type is dependent on the type of controlled substance the accused offender is in possession of and whether or not another act took place with the supposed controlled substance. For instance, being caught with a small amount of a low level controlled substance could result in just a possession charge because the underlying assumption is that it is for personal use. However, if a suspect is found to be in possession of a large quality of a high level narcotic in conjunction with a large amount of cash and even items such as a scale, this could result in suspected drug trafficking and distribution.

What is drug trafficking?

Drug crimes can come in a wide variety of forms. For most Louisiana residents, when they hear drug crime, they likely think of drug dealing or drug possession charges. While these are both common types of drug charges, this does not mean they are minor criminal charges. In fact, these alleged crimes, depending on the surrounding facts and criminal background of the accused, could result in very severe consequences if a conviction ensues. Even more so, these charges could expand or extend to a larger drug charge known as drug trafficking, which could result in very harsh penalties.

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