Under Louisiana drug law, you can be subject to severe penalties if you are convicted of a felony drug possession charge. Even a drug crime as minor as possession and distribution of just an ounce of marijuana can expose you to harsh punishment in Louisiana. Statistics released by Human Rights Watch indicate that most people charged with drug crimes are not violent people. Many people have families and good jobs, but are caught making a mistake by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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At the Law Office of Ernest J. Bauer Jr., in Covington, Louisiana, I provide aggressive and effective legal defense for people charged with felony or misdemeanor drug charges. I am criminal law attorney Ernest Bauer. I don't believe that putting someone in prison is an appropriate punishment for people who are contributing to their families and society. If you have been charged with a drug crime, it is important to contact a qualified and experienced drug crime defense lawyer as soon as possible. Don't let the police get a head start on your defense.
Drug charges cover a broad range of offenses such as:
- Marijuana possession
- Illegal possession of prescription pills
- Intent to sell or distribute drugs
- Cocaine possession
- Methamphetamine production, meth lab operations, possession
- Heroin possession
- Possession of a controlled substance in a school zone
Louisiana penalties for drug crimes are serious.
Marijuana possession: People convicted for third offense marijuana possession will face a felony conviction, regardless of the time between charges.
First offense: Depending on the amount of marijuana being possessed, a conviction can carry up to six months in jail
Second offense: up to $1000 fine and/or six months in jail
Third offense: felony conviction, up to two years in jail
Fourth offense: felony conviction, up to eight years in jail.
Intent to sell/distribute:
First offense (cocaine or methamphetamines): Depending on the quantity, penalties range from two to thirty years in prison.
First offense (heroin): five year minimum mandatory sentence, forty year maximum
First offense (illegal prescription pills or other drugs): Depending on the type of pill, penalties range from zero to thirty years. In addition, you can be charged with illegal possession of prescription drugs for having prescription medication in your car that is not yours. If convicted, you will face strict penalties for the felony offense.
In my experience, chemical dependency is one of the leading causes of crime in the St. Tammany Parish and surrounding Parishes. If you committed a crime because of your addiction or reliance on illegal drugs, there are often alternatives to prison. I can help you get probation in many instances based on successful completion of a chemical dependency program.