Did police pick you up for some type of drug crime? In Louisiana, the penalties that accompany convictions on drug charges can be pretty steep. If you are facing a drug charge, how you fight it in court could make or break your case.
The typical drug charge categories are possession, sales and trafficking. There are others charges possible such as drug paraphernalia, distribution to a minor or distribution near a school -- to name a few -- but these charges will often fall under the umbrella of one of the top three categories. All can have serious consequences.
When it comes to drug crime cases, intent, drug type and amount in possession are the main factors the court is going to look at. While no drug crime is treated lightly, these three factors will be used to determine how severe a punishment will be if prosecuting attorneys are able to achieve a conviction. Some drug crimes cases may qualify for diversion -- rehabilitation -- rather than punishment, others may only be punishable with minor fines and a few months in jail and then there are those individuals who may find themselves facing years -- if not a lifetime -- behind bars and hefty fines if convicted.
It doesn't matter if you live in Louisiana or elsewhere, every drug crime case is different. There is no one-size-fit-all approach when it comes to drug charges. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows this and will be able to help you by reviewing the specific details of your case and pursuing a legal course that will best benefit your interests. To learn more about how an attorney can help you, please visit our firm's website.