If you've been accused of a drug offense in Louisiana, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Since 1999, the Law Office of Alan Stegall has defended clients accused of drug charges. We will evaluate your case to locate any procedural errors and hold law enforcement accountable for any illegal tactics used against you. We will ensure that the criminal process is handled properly and that your constitutional rights are protected. Contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall.
Drug crimes are the possession, distribution, use or manufacture of narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogenics and anabolic steroids, or the chemicals used in the production of drugs. Each of these crimes has different standards and carry different penalties.
Marijuana possession charges are relatively minor. However, other illegal drug charges can be considered felonies, but this depends on the amount of drugs involved, whether or not the accused has a criminal history and other mitigating factors. Distribution and manufacturing are more serious than possession and the penalties can include incarceration, the loss of your right to own a firearm, the loss of your right to vote or the inability to obtain a work permit.
Misdemeanors in Louisiana are crimes that are typically punishable by a fine and/or jail time in a local or parish jail. Misdemeanors are generally nonviolent crimes and cause less harm than felonies. Misdemeanor crimes can include but are not limited to:
Misdemeanors in Louisiana are enhanceable crimes, meaning that any subsequent convictions can turn your misdemeanor into a felony. This can lead to your being jailed for up to six months on a single charge. The right criminal defense attorney can make a huge difference in your case.
Probation is possible for misdemeanor cases. However, even though misdemeanors are less serious than felonies, they can have serious consequences on your future, including employment opportunities and education. It is important to consult Shreveport criminal defense attorney Alan Stegall in order to protect your rights and possibly have your record expunged. Contact the Law Office of Alan Stegall.