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Louisiana has always been infamous for being almost like a party state, in which there are always live events and festivals going on across the state including areas like Livingston Parish. These festivals and parties usually attract large crowds which can increase law-breaking activities like public intoxication and drug usage. One activity that goes hand in hand with drug usage is possession with intent to distribute. Wherever there are drugs, there is a good chance those drugs will be attempted to be sold or moved around to different people in exchange for other goods or services. If you are caught possessing and trying to distribute drugs in Louisiana, it can be a very serious offense with strict punishments. We highly recommend you contact us at the office of Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs in Livingston Parish. Mr. Barkemeyer is a highly skilled defense lawyer who has worked on many possession with intent to distribute cases in the past.
The crime of possession with intent to distribute drugs in Louisiana has a very specific definition with certain requirements and circumstances that must be proven to be charged with the crime. One of those circumstances is the officer determining that you had a knowing and intentional possession of drugs as well as intent to distribute those said drugs. This intent to distribute or disperse the drugs can be proven by the certain facts surrounding the case. An example of some of these facts that can prove the intent to distribute are the quantity of the drugs, the way it was packaged, the presence of baggies, scales, cash, etc. All of these are usually telling signs that the defendant was planning to sell or distribute the drugs while possessing them. Law enforcement may also obtain audio and/or video recordings as well as witness statements and/or defendant confessions. All of this evidence put together can help the law decide that you were planning to distribute them which will lead to stricter punishment than just regular drug possession charges.
The punishments for possession with intent to distribute drugs charges can vary widely in Louisiana and are based off a few different criteria. The first and most important factor is the type of drug. More serious drugs like opioids and methamphetamine will carry a more strict punishment for distribution than say a drug like marijuana. The schedule of the drug can also come into effect when punishments are being determined. Weight or amount of the drug being distributed is the next important factor when the judge is handing out punishments for being charged. If you are possessing large amounts of the drug to distribute then you will most likely see increased punishment for this. The fines can be bigger and the jail time can be longer for each increased amount of the drug. The final determination is if you actually did distribute the drugs. Distribution of drug charges will carry heavier penalties than the more simple possession with intent to distribute charges. All of these factors together can add up to life-changing punishments that will have a very detrimental impact on your future.
There are a few different circumstances that can be looked at in the initial charges to determine what kind of defense should be brought against the charges. First off, the search and seizure of your person during the arrest is very critical and it must have been completed in a legal and correct way. If it was conducted illegally, then that is one potential circumstance which can be looked at to help achieve a more positive outcome in your case. The second legality that can be looked at is whether you were actually intending to distribute the drugs in your possession. If can be determined that you were not planning to distribute them then you will most likely be looking at a reduced sentence. You can still be punished for the possession of drugs, however, additional penalties cannot be added on for the intent to distribute said drugs. Each part of the charges and arrest is important to look at when trying to craft a defense around your charges so that you can achieve the most positive legal outcome for you and your loved ones.
If you are charged with possession with intent to distribute drugs in the Livingston Parish area of Louisiana, it is imperative you reach out for legal advice to get help in your case. Carl Barkemeyer has worked on many defense cases for intent to distribute drug charges so he has extensive experience with building the defense of the case to help achieve your most ideal outcome. There are many severe punishments for these charges, depending on the amount of drugs, the type of drugs, and whether you were planning to distribute them that can all add on extra penalties for the charges like extended jail time and increased fines. However, Mr. Barkemeyer is very knowledgeable of the ins and outs of the Louisiana legal system so he can look at every aspect of your case and decide how to defend against these extra penalties. We highly recommend you get in touch with us at the office of Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney so that we can help you fight for your freedom in court against your possession with intent to distribute drug charges. For immediate legal assistance, contact us at (225) 964-6720 and we will be in touch with you. Your life doesn’t need to take a turn for the worse just because of the impending charges, we can still work together to defend you in court and potentially provide a better life for you and your family.
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