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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.

Understanding drug diversion programs

Being accused of a drug crime could mean facing harsh penalties. This is the hardest part of dealing with these allegations; facing the possible consequences if a conviction is reached. However, depending on the circumstances, defendants have options regarding defenses and ways to reduce the penalties even if a conviction results. Thus, it is important to be well informed on programs available to those accused of drug crimes.

Baton Rouge police chase with drug crime suspect causes fatality

No one likes being stopped by the police or accused of a crime. However, those suspected of a crime are required to stop and speak with law enforcement. This applies in situations where a motorist is being pulled over by a trooper or a pedestrian is being stopped and questioned by a police officer. If there is a reasonable suspicion that a crime has or is about to be committed, law enforcement have the right and power to stop an individual to question him or her. Even when this is an uncomfortable situation, the expectation is for individuals to stop. Unfortunately, this does not always occur, resulting in additional charges faced by a suspect.

Criminal justice overhaul to relieve overcrowded prisons in Louisiana

Like many in Louisiana, you may have watched with interest as lawmakers tackled the crushing issues of overcrowding and dwindling resources in the state's prison system. In unprecedented legislative sessions, lawmakers worked and compromised on various aspects of criminal justice reform to overhaul the broken system.

Understanding the severity of marijuana charges in Louisiana

While possession of marijuana has been legalized in some parts of the country, marijuana possession remains a serious offense in Louisiana. If you stand accused of marijuana-related drug crimes, you may be facing severe consequences that could have a drastic impact on your life.

Louisiana becomes first state to 'ban the box' on college applications

One mistake can cost you dearly. If you had it to do over again, you might take a different direction, walk a better path, and that choice would change the way your life is going. If you are one of the many people in Louisiana with a criminal record, you already know how hard a conviction will make it for you to succeed. For years to come, it may seem like everywhere you go, your record is a roadblock that keeps you in the same place.

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