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Louisiana is very popular for having many fun festivals, parties, and events throughout the year that attract many visitors to enjoy in the fun. Unfortunately, many illegal activities usually happen in or around these events including public intoxication, prostitution, and drug usage. Drug usage has been on the rise in Louisiana and the nation as a whole for many years. This usage includes a wide range of drugs including marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription opioids, and many others. It is illegal to possess these drugs in the state of Louisiana, and it is especially illegal to distribute them to other people, either for monetary gain or not. Being charged with distribution of drugs carries very serious penalties along with it and they should not be taken lightly. If you have recently been charged with distribution of drugs then we highly recommend you seek legal assistance as soon as possible to help defend you in court. With enough time, a strong defense can be built that can help represent you and hopefully could attain a more ideal outcome during the trial. Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney is a drug defense lawyer that has handled many drug distribution cases over the years successfully and is very knowledgeable when it comes to the drug laws of Louisiana. Mr. Barkemeyer can help you craft a defense to fight against the strong punishments that come along with a distribution of drug charge in Livingston Parish.
Drug distribution in often referred to as drug dealing, or the sale of narcotics. Many times, the buyer can picked up for possession and will decide to help the police to set up the distributor or seller. However, there are other forms of distribution, such as a college student giving an Adderall pill to his roommate. That is technically dispensing a narcotic without a valid prescription, which is distribution. The exchange of money is not necessary to be charged with distribution of drugs in Louisiana.
The answer is yes, because trafficking is usually only charged when there is a very large amount of drugs being sold or dealt. Whereas, distribution of drugs is usually smaller quantities of drugs being sold or dealt like a small bag of marijuana or a couple pills of MDMA. More often than note, trafficking drug charges will carry a heavier sentence and more stringent penalties. These cases will also usually be handled by federal authorities instead of by the state prosecution because of the gravity of the case. However, in essence they are charged for the same activity, but the important part is the amount of drugs being sold or dealt that will determine if your charge is considered distribution or trafficking.
The punishments and penalties for distribution of drugs in Louisiana vary widely for many different reasons. The first main circumstance is the type of drug that is being distributed. More serious narcotics like methamphetamine or cocaine will usually carry heavier penalties as opposed to marijuana or MDMA being distributed. The second main circumstance would be the amount of the drug that you are possessing and distributing to other people. If you are trying to deal large amounts of drugs like multiple kilograms then you will face much more stringent punishments and may even be charged with a stronger felony like trafficking. However, if you are only in possession and distributing a small amount of the drug then you will most likely face slightly easier penalties compared to the opposite. The schedule of the drug can also affect the type of punishment you receive, but this is related to the type of drug since each type of drug is given a schedule. Schedule I drugs will usually carry heavier penalties than a schedule V drug in the state of Louisiana. All in all, these different circumstances will determine what punishments are carried with your charges, but most punishments will contain jail time as a minimum penalty.
Distribution of drug charges in Louisiana are a very serious offense that shouldn’t be taken lightly and carry very stringent penalties with them. They are usually more serious offenses than just possession or possession with intent to distribute charges and therefore are one of the most serious drug charges in the state. Because of this, it is very important to seek out legal assistance and representation as soon as possible if you have been charged with distribution of drug charges. Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney has defended many distribution of drug charges over the years especially in the Livingston Parish area. He has great expertise with respect to the Louisiana state legal system and knows how to build a case that can help defend you in court. Usually, these charges include undercover officers and surveillance that must be utilized legally to be used as proof against you. Mr. Barkemeyer has experience fighting these charges by looking at the small details like this proof to determine if you can in fact be charged with drug distribution or not. The quicker that you contact us to help with your case, the more we can aid you in your defense and help fight for your freedom. It is very important to fight these charges because they can carry minimum jail sentences which can seriously impact your future negatively and hurt your chances at a brighter future for you and your loved ones. If you have been charged with distribution of drugs in the Livingston Parish are, contact us at (225) 964-6720 for immediate legal assistance.