In the state of Louisiana, it is illegal to possess a controlled substance without a valid prescription. Drug possession charges vary extensively dependent upon the drug involved, as well as the severity of the alleged crime. Possession of a firearm can worsen the drug possession charges, as well as lead to additional charges. Also, if children are involved or present at the time of the alleged crime, charges, and penalties can increase.
If you have been accused of a drug possession crime, it is important to have an experienced attorney who has a full understanding of defending drug-related cases. The experienced and highly-skilled defense attorneys at James Law Firm, LLC are equipped with numerous strategies for presenting evidence and negotiating in the courtroom. They will aggressively fight for you, as well as guide you throughout the judicial process.
Louisiana divides controlled substances into five schedules of classification based on the drug’s potential for abuse, potential for physical and mental dependence, and medical value. Schedule I are considered the most dangerous, while Schedule V have medical use and a low potential for abuse. Judges use drug schedules to determine the punishment for the drug possession crimes.
Schedule I: Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse, high potential for physical and psychological dependence, and no approved medical uses.
Schedule II: Schedule II drugs have a high potential for abuse, high potential for physical and psychological dependence, and have a medical use with severe restrictions.
Schedule III: Schedule III drugs have less potential for abuse and have a currently accepted medical use.
Schedule IV: Schedule IV drugs have a low potential for abuse and have a current medical use.
Schedule V: Schedule V drugs have the lowest potential for abuse with a medical use.
It is illegal in the state of Louisiana to possess any amounts of marijuana, which includes possessing small amounts for personal use. Penalties vary dependent upon the number of offenses.
First offense: Penalties consist of a $500 fine and up to six months in jail
Second offense: Penalties consist of a $250 to $2,000 fine and up to five years in jail.
Third or subsequent offense: Penalties consist of a fine up to $5,000 fine and up to 20 years in jail.
It is illegal in the state of Louisiana to possess, grow, or distribute any amount of marijuana.
It is illegal in the state of Louisiana to possess, display with the intent to distribute, or distribute drug paraphernalia. Paraphernalia includes such items as: a water pipe, roach clips, a scale, syringes, materials to dilute narcotics, and materials to grow marijuana.
First Offense: a fine up to $500 and up to six months in jail
Second Offense: a fine up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail
Third or subsequent offense: a fine up to $5,000 and up to five years in jail
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