Let a New Orleans Drug Defense Attorney Help You Deal With the Harsher Penalties Being Imposed in Response to the Opioid Epidemic
Criminal laws often change because of shifting societal attitudes or in response to other events. One example is the decriminalization and reduced penalties involved in possessing small amounts of marijuana. But the destruction caused by the opioid epidemic and explosion in prescription drug misuse and abuse has led to the opposite result. Louisiana laws regarding possession of heroin, opiates, and prescription drugs have become harsher, and prosecutors throughout the state have been aggressively seeking convictions as part of efforts to fight the crisis.
It is not hard to understand why law enforcement is attacking these crimes so vigorously. In 2016, for the first time in history, more people died in New Orleans from drug overdoses than were killed in homicides. It is estimated that 175 Americans die from opioid overdoses every single day, and the personal and economic damage caused by opioid abuse is astronomical.
If you are arrested for possession of heroin or the unlawful possession of opioids or other prescription medications, you could be facing hefty fines, significant time behind bars, and other serious consequences.
We Protect Those Struggling With Drug Addiction or Abuse
At Bloom Legal, our New Orleans drug defense attorney knows that people caught in the web of drug addiction or abuse need help. They aren’t bad people; they are suffering from a disease and need care and treatment to recover. We fight on behalf of those charged with drug possession offenses, working to obtain an outcome that avoids jail time and instead focuses on rehabilitation and recovery.
Felony Charges for Possession
If you are arrested for possessing any amount of an illegal drug other than marijuana, whether it be cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy or any other controlled substance, you will likely be facing felony charges, with the costly fines and lengthy prison terms that follow a conviction.
Penalties for drug possession are determined largely by the kind and amount of drugs involved. Under Louisiana as well as federal law, illegal narcotics are divided into five schedules. Heroin is a Schedule I drug, while most prescription opioids, including oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, are Schedule II controlled substances. Convictions for drugs on these two schedules typically come with the most severe penalties. Additionally, illegal possession of several prescription medications, especially the opioids that are at the center of the prescription drug crisis, now come with a mandatory one-year minimum prison sentence.
Of course, as with most crimes, the penalties for possession increase on second and subsequent convictions, and if you are charged with possession with intent to sell, the possible consequences become even more dire.
Bloom Legal: Protecting Those Charged With New Orleans Drug Crimes
If you have been charged with possession of heroin, opiates, or other prescription drugs, we want to help. At Bloom Legal, our New Orleans drug defense attorney is relentless in his efforts on behalf of our clients. Seth Bloom and his team will fight charges aggressively when warranted and seek alternatives to incarceration whenever possible and prudent. We understand how scary it can be when facing drug possession charges, and we know the struggle is compounded for those also battling addiction or other issues.
The drug crime defense lawyers at Bloom Legal are available at any time, every single day. If you have been charged with a drug crime in New Orleans or anywhere else in Louisiana, call Bloom Legal as soon as possible at 504-517-0487 or contact us online now.
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