Accused Of A Drug Crime? You Need A Strong Legal Advocate.

In Louisiana, the penalties for drug-related offenses can be quite harsh when compared to other criminal offenses, even when dealing with simple possession. In fact, regardless of whether you have been charged with the possession of marijuana, meth or prescription pills, you will likely face significant jail time and large fines. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that your potential punishment may vary greatly depending on the type and amount of the drug allegedly involved.

For instance, while the possession of marijuana ― a Schedule I drug in Louisiana ― is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for a first offense, the possession of other Schedule I narcotic drugs is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Even worse, if you are found in possession of more than 28 grams of a Schedule I narcotic, but less than 200 grams, you will face a jail sentence of five to 30 years and fine of $50,000-$150,000. In addition, these penalties only grow as the alleged amounts increase.

Are Penalties Different For Other Scheduled Drugs?

The penalties associated with drug possession can vary greatly depending on what Schedule they are classified in. For example, the possession of even the smallest amount of a Schedule II drug, including meth, is punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Also, if you are facing your second conviction, the jail sentences increase quickly, as does the penalties for manufacturing drugs or possession with intent to distribute.

You Freedom Is Too Important To Trust With Just Any Attorney

The important thing to remember when it comes to drug crimes in Louisiana is that the law can be quite complex. Indeed, the penalties outlined above barely scratch the surface of what you need to know when charged with drug possession or other related crimes ― meaning it is always best to speak to an experienced lawyer.

At Dowden & Smith, LLC, our drug crime defense attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and safeguarding your freedom. No matter how complex your case is, we can provide assistance. For a FREE consultation, reach out to us online or call us at 337-404-6605. We serve clients throughout Vernon Parish and the surrounding areas, including those in Leesville and Fort Polk.