Crimes involving illegal substances are a serious matter that should be handled as such. Often, Louisiana authorities handle all drug charges with a similar heavy hand and without much discretion for each person's unique situation. When facing charges for possession, it is important to be vigilant with your criminal defense preparations. This often starts with gaining a better understanding of your charges.
Possession charges are often filed even when a person does not have any illegal drugs on their person or property. This is extremely confusing for many defendants. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a common charge for individuals who might have been found with items related to drug-use, but without any actual drugs.
For those who are charged with drug possession, the allegations can vary. Simple drug possession charges are common and usually apply to those who allegedly possess only a small amount of a given illicit substance. Possession with the intent to distribute is a more serious charge typically filed against defendants who had large amounts of drugs.
Many drug possession charges are based on confiscated evidence. However, police often confiscate drug and related paraphernalia during illegal searches that are carried out without search warrants. This is an incredible violation of defendants' rights and is understandably extremely distressing for most people. Demonstrating that evidence was collected in such a manner is usually effective at either reducing the charges or having the case dismissed altogether.
Forming a comprehensive criminal defense against possession and other drug charges can be complicated. Louisiana law treats these types of charges harshly, and defendants face significant time behind bars if convicted. A comprehensive understanding of all charges, related evidence and how that evidence was collected is usually key to achieving the best possible outcome.