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Trafficking illegal or controlled drugs may mean jail time

Facing drug charges is always stressful. Not only is your reputation likely to be tarnished, but your family may not trust you anymore and your friends tend to disappear. Your job may be in jeopardy as well. Being charged with drug trafficking or distribution means that you are being looked at as a person who not only uses the drug but sells it to others who use it as well. Depending on how much you have in your possession, you may face some hefty penalties.

Distributing marijuana, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine is illegal. The sale of prescription drugs is also illegal and if you don't have a valid prescription, you could be in trouble. You could end up in prison, face a big fine and also end up on probation for a time period after your incarceration. Trafficking is a felony in Louisiana and is considered a bigger crime than mere possession. The chances of getting charged go up if you have a scale, many baggies of the illegal drug and lots of cash on your body, in your car or in your home.

A controlled substance is classified as such because there may be good things that this drug can do, like fight pain. They are also very addictive and need close watching by a qualified physician. There are different classifications or "schedules" that drugs are placed under. For example, marijuana is a Class I Schedule drug and cocaine is a Class II Schedule drug. An example of a Class IlI Schedule drug would be anabolic steroids.

Not only is the state of Louisiana involved in drug prevention, but there are federal laws that also apply to the different charges that you face if caught trafficking. If you are under investigation or have been charged with drug possession or trafficking, getting legal advice is of paramount importance. Having someone who will fight for your rights is a positive step in the right direction.

Source: FindLaw, "Drug trafficking/distribution," accessed Jan. 22, 2016

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