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Some drug charge penalties are changing in Louisiana

With the exception of some crimes related to marijuana, Louisiana still has very harsh penalties for drug convictions. Some of the laws related to drug charges are changing, so it is crucial that anyone who is arrested for the changing charges learns which law he or she is being charged with violating because the penalties can vary.

The most recent change that has occurred has to do with drug paraphernalia. Governor John Bel Edwards recently signed a measure into law that reduces the penalties for drug paraphernalia charges. It is said that the measure is in response to the reduced marijuana penalties in the state.

The new law means that a first offense related to drug paraphernalia could lead to up to 15 days in jail and a fine of up to $300. The penalties for subsequent offenses involve lengthier times in jail and larger fines. That means that you should be sure that you carefully consider the penalties when you are deciding how to handle a defense.

Even if you are facing a drug charge that has been associated with the same penalties for a long time, you should still make sure that you understand the charge you face. We can help you learn about each way that a conviction might affect your life so that you can make an informed decision about your case.

Some drug crimes are more serious than others. For example, crimes related to crystal meth have more serious penalties than those related to marijuana. Drug trafficking crimes have penalties that are much greater than drug possession crimes. No matter which drug crime you are facing, we can help you develop and present your defense.

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