Possible Changes in Marijuana Sentencing Laws for Louisiana

Yesterday, the Louisiana Sentencing Commission backed proposed legislation that would reduce penalties for simple possession of marijuana in Louisiana.

The legislation would reduce third-offense penalties to a maximum of five years in prison and a $2,000 fine. Those convicted a second time for possessing marijuana, under HB14, would face a maximum two-year term and a fine of no more than $500, which is down from the law’s five-year sentence and $2,000 fine.  It would create a fourth- and subsequent-offense possession charge that carries a sentence of no more than eight years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

The legislation must pass before it becomes law.

Contact Carl Barkemeyer if you need a marijuana defense lawyer in Baton Rouge.


Murder Charge for Heroin-Related Death

This week, a Baton Rouge man was arrested for the second-degree murder of his girlfriend who died from a heroin overdose. The issues of whether or not the State can prove the defendant was involved and whether he had specific intent to kill remain to be determined.

Heroin arrests and deaths relating to overdose are on the rise in Louisiana. The Louisiana laws relating to heroin charges are very tough. For instance, a defendant convicted of possession of heroin shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than four years nor more than ten years and may, in addition, be required to pay a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.

If you or someone you know needs a Baton Rouge heroin defense lawyer, call Carl Barkemeyer at (225) 964-6720.


Baton Rouge Reporter Arrested for Theft

It has been reported this week that a Baton Rouge reporter for a local news channel was arrested for misdemeanor theft in Gonzales, Louisiana. It has been alleged that he fraudulently converted merchandise while working at J. Crew.

Theft is the misappropriation or taking of anything of value which belongs to another, either without the consent of the other to the misappropriation or taking, or by means of fraudulent conduct, practices, or representations.  An intent to deprive the other permanently of whatever may be the subject of the misappropriation or taking is essential.

When the misappropriation or taking amounts to less than a value of five hundred dollars, the offender shall be imprisoned for not more than six months, or may be fined not more than one thousand dollars, or both.  If the offender in such cases has been convicted of theft two or more times previously, upon any subsequent conviction he shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than two years, or may be fined not more than two thousand dollars, or both.

If you need an attorney for theft charges in Louisiana, contact Carl Barkemeyer, Baton Rouge theft lawyer for help.

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Source: The Advocate