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Is It Possible To Have My Louisiana Drug Charges Dropped Or Reduced?

Is There A Chance My Drug Charges Can Be Dropped or Even Reduced?

This is one of the popular questions those charged with drug cases have asked over time. While most are not aware, there’s a chance that their drug charges may be dropped or reduced depending on certain factors. One of the reasons why it is important that your drug charges are dropped or reduced is to ensure that you do not end up in jail. For those that have been charged with one or more drug cases, they would need to have their charges reduced if they do not want to spend more time than expected behind bars. This is because prior drug convictions have proven to have a great impact on the penalties that they are to face.

Criminal Record

Depending on the facts that have been made available, the charges, your criminal record, evidence of drug abuse, etc. your charges may be reduced or even dropped. As mentioned earlier, your criminal record is one of the first things that is considered if your case is to be dropped for any reason. Your criminal record is simply a list of all the laws you’ve broken and the severity and nature of the offense. If you have been charged with two or more drug cases prior to that time, there’s a chance your case may or may not be dropped. The severity and nature of the cases will also be considered before your charges are reduced or even dropped completely. This is one of the main reasons why it is advised that you hire the services of an experienced and well-trained defense attorney to help you out. An experienced attorney will be able to come up with better ways to argue in your favor when your criminal record is been considered. In most cases, your defense attorney will try to explain the situation in which the offense was committed and may prove to the court that you have changed, or undergone treatment, therapy, counseling, etc. This is done to ensure that the court considers and sees truth in your argument and decide to reduce your charges or have the case dropped completely. Reducing your charges here simply means that the penalties that you ordinarily would have had to face according to the law are reduced.

Facts and Circumstances

Another thing that would be taken into consideration if your drug charge is to be reduced or dropped is the fact and circumstances concerning the search and seizure. As a citizen, you have certain constitutional rights that must be upheld by law enforcement agents, once these laws are not upheld and there is evidence to prove that in court, your charge may be reduced or even dropped. The duty of your defense attorney will be to hear your side of the story in detail and would decipher if during the entire search and arrest process your rights were not stepped on. If the situation demands, your defense attorney may ask to speak to the officer that reported the case to find out more about the search and arrest process. Once he finds out that any of your constitutional rights have been trampled upon by the officer, the evidence is presented to the presiding judge and if it is found substantial, the case may be withdrawn or dropped and you walk out a free man. In addition to that, the circumstance regarding the search and possession of the drug will also be taken into consideration. Your defense attorney may argue that the drug found in your possession does not belong to you and also that you were not aware that the drug was in your vehicle. Depending on how this case is argued, the charges may be reduced or even dropped. To explain this better, if hard drugs are found in your vehicle, the prosecutor may argue that you had the intention of sharing this hard drug with others. In situations like this, your defense attorney may argue that the hard drugs found were for your personal use alone and that you have no intention of sharing with others. With substantial evidence, the presiding judge may go with the argument of your defense attorney and in that process reducing your drug charge from two (2) to one.

Prior Drug Abuse

Substantial evidence that you have been an abuser of hard drugs will also be taken into consideration before your charges are dropped. If your defense attorney is capable of arguing that this is your first time experimenting with hard drugs, your charges may be reduced and your chances of spending time behind bars reduced as well.

Not Mentioning an Incriminating Thing

This should be on top of your list immediately you are caught by the Police. When you talk to the officers, you may end up saying incriminating things. You may end up saying words that show that you are guilty. As much as you can, you want it seem like you didn’t know that the drugs existed. You want to act like you were framed. Try not to act like you are guilty. If you can, act like you are shocked. This will work in your advantage. If you must talk, deny existence of the drugs. Don’t say anything else about the drugs. The police officer may want you to say other things, in a bid to incriminate you. The officer may try to provoke you to say words that you will regret saying. No matter the psychological tricks they try to play on you, keep mute. It helps your chances.

Getting the Best Drug Case Defense Attorney in Louisiana

To ensure that your charges are dropped or reduced, you need to hire the services of a well-trained and experienced criminal defense attorney to argue in your case. To win in a courtroom, the method of arguing as well as the evidence provided is given much consideration. To ensure that your defense attorney handles and presents substantial evidence in an appealing manner, you need to hire an experienced one. Also, a good attorney will need to have proper knowledge of the laws of the state and also able to interpret them.

Surprisingly, Carl Barkemeyer one of the leading and most experienced criminal defense attorneys in the country has extended his service to Louisiana. Not only is he experienced, but Carl Barkemeyer over the years have also helped a number of people have their drug charges reduced and even dropped. To ensure that you are represented in court, you need to contact us once you have been charged with this case. This will help us plan out a better and efficient way to present the evidence we have at hand.

In addition, we have a team of well-trained, experienced, and knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys that are capable of not only representing you in court but also ensure that your charges are dropped or reduced. It is important that you bear in mind that we do not guarantee success, but be rest assured that our team of defense attorneys will do their best to see your charges dropped or reduced.

It is always possible to have charges dismissed or reduced, depending on the facts and circumstances, the charges, criminal record,

evidence, and any substance abuse treatment.  We have been successful getting many drug charges dropped or reduced.  We have been able to protect our clients so they can continue their careers and education. If you need a drug possession attorney for your drug charge in Louisiana, contact us at (225) 964-6720.  We handle drug possession charges anywhere in Louisiana.

Carl Barkemeyer wrote the published book titled How to Defend Drug Charges in Louisiana. He regularly gives lectures and advice to other attorneys regarding how to successfully defend clients for drug possession and distribution.

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