Criminal Attorneys & DWI Lawyers in Covington, New Orleans, and Shreveport Louisiana
Drug Charge Lawyer in Louisiana
In Louisiana, facing a drug charge may expose you to harsh penalties if you are convicted as charged. The potential penalties for a drug charge may depend on the type of drug you are accused of possessing, the amount and whether you are accused of simple drug possession, drug distribution or drug trafficking. If you are accused of committing a drug crime in a drug-free zone or while you were in possession of a gun, the potential penalties may be even more severe. No matter what Louisiana drug charge you might be facing, it is important for you to get help from an experienced drug defense lawyer in Louisiana.
He Wrote the Book on How to Defend Drug Charges in Louisiana
Carl Barkemeyer, Louisiana drug defense attorney, wisely defends his clients who are charged with all types of drug offenses and work to secure the best possible outcomes in their cases. There are many different scenarios a client can be in when facing a drug possession or distribution charge in Louisiana.
In some cases, drug treatment and/or counseling may be advised to increase the chance of getting the best outcome. Mr. Barkemeyer knows drug offenses and the correlation with treatment very well. He has been helping clients find treatment his entire career. Defending drug charges is his primary focus in his law practice. Watching a client clean up his criminal record and his addiction is the most rewarding part of practicing law.
Other cases may involve fighting the prosecutor on the facts and law. We file and argue motions to suppress evidence from trial when the officers appear to used unconstitutional tactics when searching and making arrests. Mr. Barkemeyer has extensively researched search and seizure topics and argued for his clients in hearings through Louisiana.
Drug charges require an entirely different set of skills and knowledge than most other types of law and even criminal defense.
- Mr. Barkemeyer has focused his practice on defending clients with drug charges for 16 years.
- He does not handle custody cases and divorce.
- He does not do wills and estate planning.
- He is a drug defense lawyer in Louisiana. Contact him if you are serious about getting the best result in your drug case.
Drug Possession Charges in Louisiana
The potential penalties for possessing drugs will depend on the type of drug, the amount and whether you are accused of possessing drugs with the intent to sell them. Drugs that are considered to be controlled dangerous substances are divided into five schedules in Louisiana. Drugs that are considered to be the most dangerous fall into schedule I. These drugs are considered to have a high potential for addiction and no medical value. Illegally possessing scheduled drugs may result in substantial penalties. A list of the drugs and the schedules in which they fall are found in LA Rev Stat § 40:964. You can check the list to find the drug that you are accused of possessing to see how it is scheduled.
If you possess a schedule I drug without a valid prescription, the penalties will vary depending on the drug, the amount and whether you are charged with possessing it with the intent to sell or to distribute it. Even simple drug possession charges may result in terms of imprisonment, making it important for you to get help from a Louisiana drug possession lawyer at Carl Barkemeyer, drug charge defense attorney. For example, if you are charged with possessing narcotic schedule I drugs without a prescription such as opiates or opium derivatives, you may face a minimum of four years of hard labor up to 10 years and a fine of up to $5,000 under LA Rev Stat § 40:966. Potential penalties for possessing drugs that fall into other schedules include the following:
- Simple possession of Schedule II drugs such as cocaine or methamphetamine – Two to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
- Simple possession of Schedule III drugs – Up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
- Simple possession of Schedule IV drugs – Up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 except for Flunitrazepam, which can lead to hard labor of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $5,000
- Simple possession of Schedule V drugs – Up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
At our Louisiana drug charge law firm, we are able to advise you about the charges that you are facing and work to build the strongest defense to the charges possible. The potential penalties for simple possession offenses demonstrate the importance of getting help from an experienced simple possession lawyer.
Drug Distribution Charges in Louisiana
The potential penalties for drug distribution are much more severe than the penalties for simple possession of the drugs. The penalties vary depending on the drug’s schedule. For schedule I drugs, including marijuana and synthetic marijuana, you might face between five and 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. If you are accused of distributing a schedule I or other scheduled drug, it is very important for you to talk to a possession with intent lawyer at our drug distribution defense law firm as soon as possible.
Drug Trafficking Crimes
If you are charged with trafficking in drugs such as cocaine, heroin, ecstasy or others, it is best for you to get help from a drug defense attorney as soon as possible. Juries and courts are not very sympathetic to defendants who are charged with drug trafficking. Without help from an experienced Louisiana drug charge lawyer, you might face decades in prison and substantial fines. A Louisiana drug charge defense attorney at our law firm might be able to identify problems with how the investigation, search and seizure was conducted to help you to build a strong defense case.
Drug Crime Attorney Experience
Carl Barkemeyer has been a drug crime attorney for over 16 years. He spent the first two years of his career defending only drug cases in Shreveport, Louisiana. From then on, he has had a special interest in being the best drug crime attorney in Louisiana by constantly sharpening his skills in the courtroom and researching the latest drug laws in Louisiana. Drug crime attorneys are different than most criminal defense attorneys because drug laws are a unique body of law that only experienced drug crime attorneys get familiar with. Lawyers that stay busy handling sex and murder crimes or personal injury do not get the level of experience Mr. Barkemeyer has because he defends drug crimes every day. He knows how to tailor a defense for the specific client. He starts early on in preparing a strategy to beat the drug charge.
Get Help From a Louisiana Drug Charge Lawyer
Getting charged with a drug offense may result in very serious consequences if you are convicted. Whether you need help from a possession with intent lawyer or a simple possession attorney, you might benefit by contacting Carl Barkemeyer, Louisiana drug charge defense attorney as soon as possible. Contact us today to learn more about your potential rights and how we might be able to help you.
Anywhere in Louisiana
We represent clients charged with drug charges throughout Louisiana. If you have a drug charge anywhere in Louisiana, contact us. Some of the areas may include:
Acadia, Church, Point, Crowley, Rayne, Allen, Kinder, Oakdale, Oberlin, Ascension, Donaldsonville, Gonzales, Port, Vincent, Assumption, Napoleonville, Pierre, Part, Avoyelles, Bunkie, Cottonport, Marksville, Beauregard, DeRidder, Bienville, Arcadia, Gibsland, Mount, Lebanon, Ringgold, Sparta, Bossier, Barksdale, Field, Bellevue, Benton, Bossier, City, Plain, Dealing, Caddo, Oil, City, Shreveport, Vivian, Calcasieu, DeQuincy, Lake, Charles, Maplewood, Sulphur, Vinton, Westlake, Caldwell, Columbia, Cameron, Cameron, Catahoula, Harrisonburg, Jonesville, Trinity, Troyville (now Jonesville), Claiborne, Haynesville, Homer, Concordia, Ferriday, Vidalia, De Soto, Grand, Cane, Logansport, Mansfield, East Baton Rouge, Baker, Baton Rouge, Port Hudson, Scotlandville, Zachary, East Carroll, Lake Providence, East Feliciana, Clinton, Jackson, Wilson, Evangeline, Basile, Mamou, Ville Platte, Franklin, Winnsboro, Wisner, Grant, Colfax, Machen, Montgomery, Pollock, Iberia, Jeanerette, New Iberia, Iberville, Plaquemine, White Castle, Jackson, Eros, Jonesboro, Vernon, Jefferson, Carrolton, Grand Isle, Gretna, Kenner, Metairie, Jefferson, Davis, Elton, Jennings, Lake, Arthur, Welsh, La Salle, Jena, Olla, Tullos, Lafayette, Lafayette, Youngsville, Lafourche, Larose, Lockport, Thibodaux, Lincoln, Ruston, Vienna, Livingston, Denham Springs, Livingston, Maurepas, Port Vincent, Springfield, Springville, Madison, Richmond, Tallulah, Morehouse, Bastrop, Natchitoches, Campti, Natchitoches, Orleans, Algiers, Lafayette, City, New Orleans, Ouachita, Calhoun, Monroe, West, Monroe, Plaquemines, Belle Chasse, Braithwaite, Dalcour, Point a la Hache, Pointe, Coupee, New, Roads, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Alexandria, Cheneyville, Glenmora, Lecompte, Pineville, Red River, Coushatta, Richland, Delhi, Rayville, Sabine, Many, St. Bernard, Arabi, Chalmette, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Boutte, Good Hope, Hahnville, Norco, St. Rose, St. Helena, Greensburg, St. James, Bringier, Convent, Lutcher, Saint, Michel, Vacherie, St. John the Baptist, Garyville, La, Place, Lucy, St. Landry, Eunice, Opelousas, Washington, St. Martin, Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville, St. Mary, Berwick, Franklin, Morgan, City, Patterson, St. Tammany, Covington, Folsom, Mandeville, Slidell, Tangipahoa, Amite City, Hammond, Independence, Kentwood, Ponchatoula, Roseland, Tensas, St. Joseph, Terrebonne, Houma, Schriever, Waterproof, Union, Bernice, Farmerville, Vermilion, Abbeville, Gueydan, Kaplan, Vernon, Fort Polk, Leesville, New Llano, Simpson, Washington, Bogalusa, Franklinton, Webster, Minden, Springhill, West Baton Rouge, Port, Allen, West, Carroll, Floyd, Oak, Grove, West Feliciana, Bayou, Sara, St. Francisville, Winn, Dodson, and Winnfield.
What court in Louisiana is my drug charge in?
If you are wondering what courthouse to go to for your drug charge in Louisiana, then see the chart below. Find the parish where you were arrested, then you will see the city of the courthouse for that parish.
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Louisiana DWI & Criminal Lawyers
Louisiana criminal lawyers and DWI attorneys at the Barkemeyer Law Firm providing legal defense services for clients in Baton Rouge, Ascension, Livingston, Tangipahoa, Port Allen, Alexandria, New Orleans, Lafayette, Metairie, Kenner, Gretna, Hahnville, Chalmette, Slidell, St. Tammany, St. Charles, St. John, St. Bernard, Mandeville, Covington, Shreveport, Bossier, Jefferson, and all of Louisiana.
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