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Louisiana as a state has always been infamous as a party place, including locations like New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Livingston Parish. One side effect that comes along with parties and commotion is drug usage. This drug usage is not tolerated lightly in Louisiana and has very strict enforcement and punishments that go along with it. One popular drug that has seen increased usage in the state are methamphetamines. Methamphetamines have always been thought of as a drug for current drug abusers instead of recreational drug users and not as popular as marijuana or opioids. However, many drug counselors and treatment centers are now saying it has really become the drug of choice in their areas. Methamphetamines are a very dangerous narcotic that bring many negative mental and physical side effects along with it that can really damage a person’s life and the lives of those around them. If you have been charged with possession, distribution, or manufacturing of methamphetamines then it’s time to seek help, so look no further than Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney who has long-time experience in drug defense cases. These charges should not be taken lightly, so help is needed right away to aid you in your cases to find alternatives to permanent punishments like jail time.
First, it is important to understand what constitutes a methamphetamine to then understand the laws and punishments that go with it in the state of Louisiana and more specifically area of Denham Springs. Methamphetamine is Schedule 2 drug, commonly referred to as meth and is a highly strong central nervous system stimulant. In moderate doses, it has many moderate symptoms including elevated mood, increased alertness, concentration and energy in fatigued individuals, reduced appetite, and the promotion of weight loss. However, in higher doses is where it really starts to get dangerous and can damage your brain as well as body. Symptoms of higher dose methamphetamine usage includes psychosis, breakdown of skeletal muscle, seizures and bleeding in the brain. All of these are highly destructive and have very lasting effects. Taking high doses of methamphetamine at a chronic rate drastically increases the damage, including but not limited to unpredictable and rapid mood swings, stimulant psychosis (e.g., paranoia, hallucinations, delirium, and delusions) and violent behavior.
Methamphetamine usage is usually due to the desired energy increase effects as well as higher sexual drive and increased mood. However, methamphetamine has a very high addiction liability and dependence liability, which means even recreational users who only try it once have a very high chance of becoming addicted and dependent on the drug, turning them into chronic users sometimes even overnight. Methamphetamine is also very damaging to the human brain - it can cause extensive damage to the central nervous system and neurons which help run our bodies on a daily basis. All of this adds up to a very destructive and addictive drug that should not be taken lightly.
The meth laws in Louisiana are very strict due to the highly destructive nature of the drug. The laws are designed to stop the possession, manufacturing, and distribution of the drug in its path so that more people don’t fall under the highly addictive cloud caused by methamphetamine. Meth is however considered a schedule II drug by the federal government, which means it has some medical benefit. This is due to the fact that methamphetamine is sometimes used by individuals with ADHD and obesity to help combat these conditions. However, these do not diminish the highly stringent sentences that can be handed out if you are caught and charged with meth offenses.
The punishment for possession of methamphetamine includes imprisonment with or without hard labor for 5 - 30 years and may include a fine of up to $600,000. These penalties are then increased for even larger amounts possessed of the drug. The punishment for manufacturing of methamphetamine includes imprisonment at hard labor for 10-30 years and may include a fine of up to $500,000.00. The punishment for distribution of methamphetamine includes imprisonment for 2 – 30 years and a fine of up to $50,000.
All three of these punishments are incredibly harsh when it comes to drug laws in Louisiana and Livingston Parish, and they are set very high for a good reason. Methamphetamine is one of the hardest and most dangerous drugs around and the increased usage rates in Louisiana are trying to be kept under control by these laws. However, the most important tactic to combating the usage is treatment and rehabilitation, so if you have been charged with a methamphetamine offense then it is imperative you contact us so we can find the healthiest and most successful outcome for you.
Carl Barkemeyer is a very experienced drug defense lawyer in Louisiana and the Livingston Parish area. He has dealt with many methamphetamine cases and he is very knowledgeable of the laws surrounding it. The punishments for these laws are very strict and can really damage your life and your loved ones’ lives if you are found guilty. We recommend contacting our offices immediately so that we may help you find an alternative to prison time and fines that will ultimately help you in the long run by utilizing treatment and rehabilitation instead of the harsh punishments provided by the law. The legal system can be very confusing and daunting, so we are here to answer any questions you may have and provide assistance where needed. If you or someone you know has been charged with possession, manufacturing, or distribution of methamphetamine in the Livingston Parish or Denham Springs area of Louisiana, contact the offices of Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney at (225) 964-6720.