New Orleans Marijuana Lawyer
Marijuana is often seen as a minor drug. Everyone seems to use it nowadays and nobody bats an eye. However, marijuana is not legal in Louisiana except for medical use. Still, the drug is being grown in large quantities, so it is readily available. This means that getting possession of the drug is quite easy. Many Louisiana residents have access to the drug.
But if you are caught with it, you could face serious penalties. Don’t handle a drug case on your own. Seek legal help as soon as possible. An experienced New Orleans marijuana lawyer from Palazzo Law Firm can help.
When it comes to personal use, the penalties are not too bad. Anything under 14 grams is decriminalized. However, it is still charged as a misdemeanor, punishable by a $100 fine, with no jail time. If you have more than 14 grams in your possession, it is punishable by a $500 fine and up to six months in prison. However, a third offense is a felony, punishable by two years in prison and a $2.500 fine. Therefore, marijuana possession should not be treated lightly.
However, once you have more than 2.5 lbs of marijuana in your possession, you face distribution or manufacturing charges. But you can still face charges if you are distributing less than that amount. Distribution or cultivation of less than 2.5 pounds of marijuana is punishable by 1-10 years in prison and a fine of $50,000. Possessing more than 2.5 pounds is punishable by 1-20 years in prison and a fine of $50,000. If you distribute drugs to minors, the penalties could be even stricter.
Why You Need a Lawyer on Your Side
Drug crimes are taken more seriously than you might think. You need a lawyer on your side for the following reasons:
- They can save you money. Sure lawyers can be expensive, but in the long run, they can save you money. They can keep you from losing your job, going to jail, and paying hefty fines.
- They will advocate for you. When you hire a lawyer, you have someone on your side. They are invested in you and your future. They will help you get the best outcome possible.
- They have relationships with prosecutors. They often have positive relationships with prosecutors, which means they can get you a favorable plea deal.
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
Many people think of marijuana use and sales as no big deal. However, marijuana is illegal under federal law and Louisiana does not even allow its use except for medicinal purposes. If you are facing marijuana crimes, count on the team at Palazzo Law Firm to guide you through the criminal face. We know how to defend you from the charges you face. Contact a New Orleans marijuana lawyer for a consultation. Call us today at 504-433-1442 or fill out the online form.