Build Your Defense Against Drug-Related Charges
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 severe penalties and consequences. In New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana, federal and state officials are 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 six 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 of 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 with 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
Drug trafficking refers to the distribution and sale of illegal drugs. Drug trafficking is illegal in Louisiana and throughout the United States and carries serious penalties for violators. If arrested for drug trafficking. you could be charged with a federal or state crime.
Drug Trafficking Laws in Louisiana
In Louisiana the penalties you face for drug trafficking will vary depending on the type of drug and the amount of the substance you have in your possession.
For example, if you have between 60 and 2,000 pounds of marijuana, you will be charged with a felony and may face between five and 30 years of incarceration. If you have between 2,000 and 10,000 pounds of marijuana, you face between 10 and 40 years of incarceration. And if you have more than 10,000 pounds of marijuana under your control, you face between 25 and 40 years of prison time.
Federal drug trafficking penalties are based on the amount and type of the drug in your possession. For example, if you have between 500 and 4,999 grams of cocaine, you will face between five years and 40 years of incarceration. If you have between 100 and 999 grams of heroin, you face the same potential penalty. For repeated offenses, the penalties become more serious.
Drug trafficking offenses have mandatory minimum sentences. So, if you are convicted of drug trafficking, the judge does not have discretion to give you a lesser sentence. You will go to jail for the minimum length of time defined by the state or federal code.
Unfortunately, you can be charged with drug trafficking even if you are not actively engaged in the transfer or sale of narcotics. If you are found with a large amount of narcotics in your possession the charges may still apply.
Being charged with drug trafficking means you are facing a jail sentence. You must do everything possible to make informed choices regarding how to plead and how to defend yourself from the charges you face.
Bloom Legal takes an innovative approach to representing clients accused of drug trafficking. We use our knowledge of the law and technology to help you avoid conviction or reduce the penalties you face.
Building Your Defense
The laws and potential sentences vary for all of these substances, and also 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 New Orleans drug defense attorney to serve you throughout your arrest and trial.
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 aggressively target this type of crime. 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.
Located in the heart of downtown New Orleans, our New Orleans criminal defense law firm is ideally situated and 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
Much is at stake after your arrest. If you are charged with a drug-related crime, you will need legal assistance from a drug defense attorney right away to aid you in deciding how to plead. Our attorneys are available 27/7, so we can be of assistance when you need us the most – immediately following your arrest. We provide a vigorous defense no matter what your situation. If you are accused, call Bloom Legal as soon as possible to speak with a New Orleans drug defense attorney: 504-599-9997. Schedule a consultation with our legal professionals and begin building your case.
Hear What Our Clients Have To Say
I contacted Bloom Legal out of the blue with a strange question for a fiction series I’m writing that takes place in New Orleans. Being from Maryland I was in the dark and needed assistance and they jumped at the chance to help me (they were the only law firm that responded to my e-mail). His team worked quickly and carefully to find the information I needed. Because of the help they provided it changed a large aspect of my novel and for that I am very grateful.
Posted by: Sarah Perrie