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Drug charges in Louisiana can be stiff

When you are charged with a drug crime, such as possession, manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs, you will need to know what the law says about it. Louisiana state laws regarding drug abuse are some of the toughest in the nation. In particular, the marijuana laws are so strict that getting arrested for possession or cultivating this drug can lead to huge fines and jail time. Even though the law states that physicians can prescribe it and you can legally use it, there is no mechanism in place for cultivating or purchasing marijuana.

The charge for drug production is usually a felony that, as stated before, can lead to prison, fines and probation. It is even worse if you sell or manufacture near a school or playground. In order to be convicted of this charge, the prosecutor in the case must prove that you intended to create this drug and to sell it. Guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

For example, if you buy a few boxes of Pseudoephedrine, it is on the prosecutor to prove that this purchase was for the manufacture of methamphetamine. Just because an empty box of this drug is found on your possession doesn't mean you are making meth. However, if the laboratory is found, that is a different story. Even then, proving it is yours is on the prosecutor.

Also, just because the authorities find marijuana seeds in your possession does not indicate that you had an intent to cultivate this drug. But if the police find grow lamps and hydroponic equipment in your home, it may mean that you need a knowledgeable attorney to help you fight these charges.

Source: FindLaw, "Drug manufacturing and cultivataion," accessed Sep. 19, 2015

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