Drug Crime Lawyers in Shreveport
Aggressive Defense against Drug Charges
Drug crimes are known for being harshly punished throughout the country. In Louisiana, numerous individuals are convicted every year for a range of drug offenses, including drug possession, drug manufacturing, drug cultivation, drug trafficking and distribution, and more. The consequences for these types of crimes range from hefty fines to long-term prison sentences. In addition, a drug crime conviction will be placed on a person’s criminal record, often making it difficult for them to gain acceptance to an educational institution, apply for housing, or find a job. Some offenders may even lose custody of their children.
If you are facing charges for a drug crime, it is important to seek help from a seasoned legal team. At Stroud, Carmouche & Buckle, our lawyers have accumulated more than 100 years of combined experience representing clients accused of all kinds of drug offenses. We have the knowledge and resources to help you pursue a favorable outcome to your case. Hiring our Shreveport drug crime attorneys could make a difference in the outcome of your situation. We have a proven track record for getting our clients’ charges reduced or dropped altogether.
Potential Penalties for Drug Crimes
In Louisiana, all drug crimes fall under one of two classifications: the offense is either categorized as a misdemeanor or a felony. The seriousness of the penalties you could face for a drug crime conviction is determined by whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. As with other types of crimes, felony charges result in harsher punishments than misdemeanors.
The consequences for a drug crime are also dependent on the type and amount of the drug, as well as the nature of the crime. Drug possession, for example, typically incurs less severe penalties than drug trafficking. A crime involving a drug that is perceived to have a higher potential for abuse, such as LSD, will be punished more harshly than one that involves a drug with a lower potential for abuse, such as Xanax.
By way of example, the penalties one may face for possessing the most serious drugs (Schedule I) include:
- Under 2 grams – up to 2 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000
- 2 to 28 grams – 1 to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000
- Less than 28 grams with intent to distribute – 1 to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000
- More than 28 grams – 1 to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000
Second and subsequent offenses will result in enhanced penalties. If convicted with more than one drug offense on your record, you could face twice the fine amount and prison sentence described above.
Speak to Our Attorneys about Your Case
Being convicted of a drug crime is a big deal. The legal team at Stroud, Carmouche & Buckle is ready to help you understand your charges, the possible consequences, and what options you have to fight against them.
Contact our Shreveport drug crime lawyers at (318) 217-8455 to discuss the right path forward.