Drug Crimes In Louisiana
Depending on the drug crime you are charged with, you can face either a misdemeanor or felony charge. Whether you are arrested for possession or trafficking in drugs will make a serious difference in the penalties you face, as well as the type of drug at issue.
Possession Of A Controlled Dangerous Substance
Louisiana divides drugs into five categories called “schedules,” with Schedule I being the most serious and Schedule V being the least serious. Depending on the type of drug and the amount in your possession, the charges will vary greatly.
Misdemeanor amounts carry six months in jail and a $500 fine, but more felony amounts of marijuana can carry severe penalties.
Cocaine penalties are severe in Louisiana. Possession of under 28 grams could result in up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000. More than 28 grams can range much higher.
Possession of heroin carries the risk of 5 to 40 years in prison and a fine of not more than $50,000.
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