Being charged with drug possession, distribution, or manufacturing is extremely serious in our state; indeed, Louisiana has mandatory minimum sentencing requirements on the books for some drug crimes. If you have been charged with a drug crime and need legal representation, you can count on us. Reach out to our law firm directly today for an overview of your legal rights and a consultation about the next steps to take to protect your interests during your criminal case.

Drug Charges: Misdemeanor and Felony Charges

The state of Louisiana recognizes both misdemeanor and felony drug crimes. Possession of marijuana crimes—assuming the position involves a small amount of less than 2.5 pounds and is a first offense—are misdemeanor crimes; most other drug crimes are felony offenses. While both misdemeanor and felony charges carry penalties, felony charges are usually more harshly penalized.

Penalties for a Drug Crime Conviction in Louisiana

The penalty for a drug crime will depend on the type of drug crime (possession, distribution, manufacture), the amount of drug involved, and the type or schedule of drug involved. For example, possession of methamphetamines can result in a prison sentence of up to 30 years in some cases, with enhanced penalties for large amounts. There is a mandatory minimum sentence of five years imprisonment for possession of methamphetamines. The possession of ecstasy, on the other hand, is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Large fines are also very common. Penalties are also enhanced if minors are involved or if the offense is a subsequent drug offense.

In addition to potential prison time and a large fine, a person may face probation, mandatory drug education classes, mandatory community service requirements, and a black mark on their permanent record that makes it difficult for them to secure housing or employment in the future.

Services Provided By Our Criminal Defense Attorney

When you work with our criminal defense attorney, you can count on personalized, attentive services. Our goal is to protect your rights throughout the criminal process and secure the best case outcome possible. We’ll help you by:

  • Explaining the charges against you and the potential penalties you face
  • Helping you to understand your options, including pleading guilty and accepting a plea bargain or defending yourself against the charges
  • Reviewing the prosecution’s evidence against you
  • Finding fault with the prosecution’s evidence
  • Filing motions to protect you, including motions to prevent evidence from being submitted against you
  • Building your defense
  • Negotiating with the prosecution to reach a plea bargain
  • Protecting your Constitutional rights

Learn More Today

To learn more about what to do if you’ve been charged with a drug crime in Shreveport-Bossier City or the surrounding areas, please reach out to our team at the Whiddon Law Office directly today. We know what you’re going through and what you’re up against, and our experienced criminal defense attorney will advocate for you. Call us today or send our firm a message online to learn more.