Drug Crime Defense Lawyer in New Orleans
With several exceptions, Louisiana law treats most violations of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substance Law as felonies. While felony drug charges undoubtedly carry extremely grave consequences that can have a long-lasting impact on the offender’s life, the same holds true for the misdemeanor drug charges. With Louisiana imposing one of the stiffest penalties in the country, even the first drug offense may lead to a lengthy incarceration. And having a drug crime conviction in your background can forever mark your life and make it difficult to, for instance, pursue a job, purchase a house, or become eligible for a student loan and other financial aid.
However, an experienced drug crime criminal defense lawyer can help many first time offenders avoid this fate by taking advantage of different diversion programs offered by many district attorneys in Louisiana. Even in the cases where the conviction is inescapable given the circumstances of the case, a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney may be able to substantially diminish its consequences by seeking expungement or probation. But, the legal provisions that make these outcomes possible can only be employed at certain stages of the case, such as the plea and sentencing, so it is of utmost importance to retain competent legal representation as early as possible.
If you or someone you know are accused of or are under investigation for any type of drug crime, be it state or federal, contact our office now to help us secure the most favorable resolution of your case. Call (504) 302-2462. We can help!