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Harsh penalites are possible for cocaine conviction in Louisiana

Cocaine charges in Louisiana can land you in the state prison system if you are convicted. These charges have very harsh penalties, some of which include the possibility of being sentenced to hard labor. Even a simple possession charge has very harsh penalties in this state. Because of the violence that is associated with cocaine, the state has really cracked on down on charges related to this drug.

If you are found guilty of manufacturing or producing a cocaine base, you are facing 40 to 99 years in prison. This time is done with a hard labor order, but without the possibility of parole or suspension. You also face a fine of up to $500,000.

If you are found guilty of selling cocaine, you face five to 30 years in prison with hard labor. If you are at least 25 and sell to a minor, that carries life in prison. If you are an adult who sells to someone who is a minor and three years younger than you, the sentence will be double what it would have been if you had sold to an adult.

If you are found guilty of possession of cocaine in an amount under 28 grams, you face five years in prison. This sentence can include hard labor, but it isn't mandatory. For amounts of 28 to 200 grams, you face 10 to 60 years in prison with a hard labor requirement. For 200 to 400 grams, you face 20 to 60 years in prison with hard labor. For more than 400 grams, you face 30 to 60 years in prison with hard labor.

These harsh penalties show how important it is for you to work carefully and diligently on your defense. Make sure you understand all your options before you make a choice about your strategy.

Source: FindLaw, "Louisiana Cocaine Laws," accessed Feb. 05, 2016

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