Gretna Drug Crime Lawyer
Drug crimes are not always taken seriously, but they should be. While drug possession crimes are not as major as drug trafficking charges, there can still be fines and jail time involved. Drug crimes are categorized as misdemeanors or felonies. Also, drug crimes can be state or federal in nature. This will depend on the circumstances involved. Trafficking charges, for example, often involve multiple states, so federal laws may be involved. In any case, felony crimes are punished much more harshly than misdemeanors.
Regardless of the seriousness of the crime, Palazzo Law Firm can help. We’ll work hard to fight your case and get you the best outcome possible. Our experienced Gretna drug crime lawyer can help you, so schedule a consultation today.
What Are the Penalties?
Louisiana has some of the harshest penalties for drug crimes. Penalties can range from hefty fines to long prison sentences. Plus, your criminal record could be affected forever. Getting caught with even a small amount of marijuana will get you up to two weeks in jail as well as a $300 fine. If you’re caught possessing or trafficking larger amounts of drugs, you could face up to 40 years in prison.
The penalties you will face will depend on the type of crime. Drug crimes in Louisiana include:
- Drug possession. This refers to the intentional possession of any type of drug (including marijuana). Even a small amount of a drug (1 ounce) could result in a possession charge.
- Drug manufacturing. This means the person was involved in the process of making the drug. They had the chemicals necessary to manufacture a drug as well as an intent to manufacture a drug.
- Drug cultivation. Cultivation means growing an illegal drug, such as marijuana plants.
- Drug trafficking and distribution. Distribution and trafficking are actually two different things. Distribution is a charge that is determined by the movement of drugs. Trafficking, on the other hand, is determined by the weight of drugs. There does not have to be any movement.
Possession charges are typically misdemeanors, while the other drug crimes are often charged as felonies. In any case, a conviction will negatively impact your life in many ways. It could mean the loss of your job and trouble finding work or a place to live. You could also lose custody of your children. That’s why you need a solid defense on your side. It’s possible that your constitutional rights were violated, so you need a lawyer who will aggressively fight your charges. You need someone who won’t back down.
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
Drug crimes should not be taken lightly. Be sure to choose the right criminal defense lawyer. Contact Palazzo Law Firm today. The right legal team could mean all the difference in your future, so take it seriously. To schedule a consultation with an experienced Gretna drug crime lawyer, fill out the online form or call 504-433-1442.