Louisiana is a state in which people are known to have a good time. From the hard partying atmosphere of Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the craziness of football Saturdays on the LSU campus, there is simply no shortage of revelry in the Bayou State.
But while enjoying your favorite alcoholic drink is one thing, indulging in illicit drugs, such as cocaine is quite another. The distinction is made clear by state and federal drug laws. Being convicted for possession of cocainene can have serious ramifications.
In Louisiana, an individual convicted of possessing an amount of cocaine less than 28 grams could receive a five year prison sentence and a $5,000 fine. Convictions for possession of 28 to 200 grams can result in prison sentences of up to 60 years and fines of $150,000. And while the maximum prison sentence for possession tops out at 60 years, fines can reach as high as $600,000, depending on the amount of cocaine seized.
Because cocaine trafficking is connected to violent criminal activity, the state takes possession of the drug very seriously. But all too often, individuals who engage only in casual use or who have substance abuse issues are arrested and handed severe sentences.
An arrest and conviction for cocaine possession can have a serious impact on the course of your life. This is why, if you are ever arrested on such charges, you will have good cause to form a strong legal defense.
A Louisiana drug crimes attorney may be able to help you prepare to answer the charges. Depending on the circumstances, the attorney may be able to help you with a plea agreement. You may even have the charges reduced or dropped.