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Livingston Parish, New Orleans, and Louisiana as a whole are quite famous for continually being one massive party. Different events like Mardi Gras, the Voodoo Music Festival, and Jazz Fest attract visitors from around the globe to enjoy themselves in the careless climate of the Big Easy. Dancing, drinking, and partying in the streets is legal and okay to do, however drug usage, specifically cocaine, are never legal or okay to do.
There are lots of instances in the media which show cocaine usage in everyday places which may appear to be unrealistic; yet in all actuality, the use of cocaine in the party areas of Denham Springs and Louisiana is pervasive all over and consistently seen on daily bases. The use of drugs like cocaine is a prevalent issue and usually needs dire solutions. Possessing, using, and distributing drugs like cocaine is a very serious offense and not taken lightly by the Louisiana state government and Livingston Parish authorities. You WILL be punished harshly whenever involved in a cocaine charge.
The usage of crack has increased by quite a bit among many different socioeconomic classes both in Livingston Parish and Louisiana as a whole. Crack cocaine can be very popular both for regular users of the drug as well as everyday normal people like housewives and middle-class people. Crack cocaine may be abused by individuals just for special occasions like partying, or it may become a real addiction that requires treatment and education.
Cocaine is actually a very strong stimulant that is produced using coca leaves (Erythroxylon coca), an indigenous South American plant. The powerful chemical substance "cocaine hydrochloride" is taken from the plant and crystallized. This forms a white powder that is infamous around the world and very recognizable. Cocaine was initially utilized as a pain-blocker and was actually also used an edible ingredient in Coca-Cola products. Cocaine can also still be used for medical purposes in which it acts as a local anesthetic during various surgeries and procedures.
Cocaine is a very addictive drug because of its impact on the reward pathway in the brain. There is a high chance that the user will become reliant on it, even after just a few uses. The use of cocaine increases the risk of stroke, myocardial dead tissue, lung issues in the individuals who smoke it, blood diseases, and unexpected heart death. Cocaine that is sold and distributed on the streets is regularly blended with sedatives like cornstarch, quinine, or sugar, which can actually result in extra toxicity. Continuing use by an individual may have diminish the capacity to feel joy and be very physically draining.
Because cocaine is highly addictive even though it has some medical purposes, it is then considered a schedule II drug by the government. There are two different chemical forms that are used and abused widely in the nation. The first form is the water-dissolvable hydrochloride salt. This form is the fine, white, powdery substance. The second form is the water-insoluble cocaine base (this is otherwise called "freebase cocaine"). This freebase cocaine is then joined with baking soda and water during crystallization to be heated. After this process, the hydrochloride is removed and a smokable substance is created which is commonly referred to as crack. In the mid 1980’s, crack-cocaine became widely popular and is still a very commonly used street drug to this day.
The consequences for being charged with possessing, selling, or distributing cocaine are very serious since it is a schedule II drug, even if it’s your first offense. If you are caught with possessing under 28 grams of cocaine, the punishments you could incur are up to 5 years of prison time and a fine of up to $5,000. Additionally, being charged with selling cocaine could result in a sentence of up to 30 years in jail with hard labor and a fine up to $50,000. Trafficking cocaine is by far the most egregious offense and could cause you to face life imprisonment, sometimes without the possibility for parole.
The Fair Sentencing Act became law in 2010 which diminished the differences between cocaine charges and crack charges and the severity of both. Crack charges used to have much harsher punishments before the law was passed (1:100 weight proportion) and and they were charged much more regularly. This weight proportion was decreased to 1:18 after the Act became a law. All in all, this still results in more severe punishments for crack-cocaine charges than powdered cocaine, but the disparity is much less than before.
Developing a substance abuse disorder doesn’t mean an individual should always go straight to jail.
Carl Barkemeyer has very knowledgeable experience with drug charges in Louisiana and he has represented many clients charged with cocaine and crack possession in Livingston Parish. Mr. Barkemeyer is very successful with finding avenues for alternative punishments to drug charges besides prison time. He understands that his clients are hard-working individuals with loving families that they don’t want negatively impacted because of a drug charge. Our firm also works hand-in-hand with drug treatment counselors and treatment facilities to aid our clients in finding success both personally and legally.
The sentencing and punishments for a cocaine charge in Livingston Parish, Louisiana can be very severe, even if this is your first time offending. An experienced crack defense attorney like Carl Barkemeyer who has great experience and knows the ins and outs of the Louisiana legal system can help reduce jail time for those convicted of cocaine-related crimes in Denham Springs. Carl Barkemeyer, Criminal Defense Attorney is a professional, experienced, and respected lawyer who will help you fight the tough drug laws in Livingston Parish and Louisiana as a whole. If you’ve been charged with possession, selling, or manufacturing and trafficking of crack or cocaine, don’t hesitate to call a criminal attorney at (225) 964-6720.