Mr. Barkemeyer represents clients with drug charges throughout St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. He has handled drug charges his entire career. Drug charges are unlike other types of crimes because they do not involve a victim. More importantly, they require the attorney to be knowledgable about the laws regarding stop and search. Usually in a drug case trial, the primary witnesses against the defendant are police officers. Therefore, we must see if the officers conducted a proper stop and search when obtaining the narcotics. There are many types of drug charges in Louisiana,
Possession of drugs, also known as simple possession, varies based on the type of drugs. Possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor offense which carries a sentencing range of 0-6 months in jail. Possession of sixty (60) pounds or more of marijuana is a felony and punishable by stiff sentences.
Possession of Marijuana is an enhanceable offense, meaning that a conviction today can be used against you to enhance the punishment for a future charge. Possession of marijuana Second Offense is a felony punishable by 0-5 years in prison. Possession of Marijuana Third Offense is also a felony, but it is punishable by a sentence of up to 20 years in prison. These are very serious charges
Possession of cocaine and meth (Schedule 2) are felony offenses even on the first conviction. They are punishable by 0-5 years in prison.
Possession of Legend Drugs is a felony punishable up to five years in prison. This charge includes the possession of drugs that are not necessarily scheduled but that a prescription is required to obtain. For instance, one cannot possess heart medication which must be prescribed unless he/she has a vaild prescription.
Contact a St. Tammany parish possession defense lawyer at 985-888-0009.