Drug-related crimes vary greatly in severity. But even the drug charges that may seem relatively minor to you, such as possession of marijuana, have very severe penalties and consequences. If you have been charged with a narcotics-related crime, contact Bloom Legal today at 504.826.8976 to schedule a free consultation with a New Orleans drug crime lawyer.
In New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana, federal and state officials are very serious when it comes to drug-related criminal charges. Laws on both the state and federal level provide zero or close-to-zero tolerance for drug offenses. Investigators and prosecutors pursue these charges aggressively, and criminal penalties for these offenses are becoming increasingly harsh. For example, if you are convicted of simple possession of anything less than 250 grams of marijuana, you face up to 6 years in prison. And that’s only if you don’t have any prior criminal history.
For other charges, like possession of large quantities of a controlled substance, possession with intent to sell, or trafficking, a convicted individual will face significantly more severe penalties. Worse yet, some the more minor drug offenses are felony offenses. Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana is only a misdemeanor, but you will lose your driver’s license even if you are arrested in your own home. If you are convicted of possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana in the state of Louisiana or elsewhere, you will have a third-degree felony conviction that you will need to disclose any time you complete a background check in the future. Significantly, this will hamper your ability to find a job in the future.
Types of Cases We Handle
In Louisiana, Bloom Legal is well-equipped to deal in many different drug-related crimes, including:
- Drug possession
- Possession with intent to sell
- Drug trafficking/distribution
- Drug cultivation and manufacturing
- Drug paraphernalia
Additionally, Bloom Legal will serve clients with drug offenses related to any controlled substance, including:
- Methamphetamine (meth)
- Prescription drugs or other pills
Building Your Defense
The laws and potential sentences vary for all of these substances, and additionally vary depending upon your prior criminal history, what crime you are charged with, and the actual quantity of the drug in question. Because of the complicated nature of state and federal drug law, you need an experienced and knowledgeable drug crime attorney to serve you throughout your arrest and trial. Located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, Bloom Legal is ideally situated to help clients throughout the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner metropolitan area and the rest of Louisiana.
With the large amount of drug trafficking, dealing, and using that occurs in New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana, local, state, and federal officials target this type of crime very aggressively. If you are arrested for and charged with a drug-related offense in Louisiana, a Bloom Legal drug crime defense lawyer will try to determine whether the prosecution has enough evidence to pursue the charge. Additionally, we will review the investigator’s methods and reports to determine if any of the evidence against you was obtained illegally and conduct our own investigation to find any witnesses or evidence that might bolster your defense. The defense team at Bloom Legal will work to have your charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced.
Our New Orleans criminal defense law firm has the resources to serve clients from across Louisiana, including:
- Metairie, Kenner, Gretna, and the rest of Jefferson Parish
- Chalmette and St. Bernard Parish
- Slidell, Covington, and the rest of St. Tammany Parish
- LaPlace and St. John the Baptist Parish
- Des Allemands and St. Charles Parish
Wherever you are in Louisiana, if you have been arrested for or charged with a drug-related crime, Bloom Legal is here to ensure your constitutionally guaranteed right to competent legal counsel. Contact us today at 504.826.8976 for a free drug-related crime consultation with an experienced attorney.