Methamphetamine Charges in Louisiana
Methamphetamine, aka “meth,” is a highly addictive synthetic illegal controlled dangerous substance listed under Schedule 2. If you are charged with possession of meth in Louisiana, you will need serious representation to keep from going to jail. Your criminal lawyer will examine the case and help you get the best result. We have successfully defended clients charged with possession of meth in Louisiana for many years. We know the legal and factual defenses that help our clients the most. Contact us if you need a criminal defense attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana or anywhere else in the area for your drug possession charge.
Penalties for Methamphetamine Possession
An aggregate weight of less than two grams, shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than two years and, in addition, may be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.
An aggregate weight of two grams or more but less than twenty-eight grams shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than five years and, in addition, may be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than five thousand dollars.
Methamphetamine Lawyer New Orleans
You may probably have heard of methamphetamine at one time or the other without knowing its meaning and use. Get enlightened.
Methamphetamine is on the list of Schedule 11 Controlled Drug Substances (CDS). What is a controlled substance anyway? Well, a controlled substance is a dangerous substance, most often a drug, listed by the Uniformed Controlled Dangerous Substances Law as dangerous and harmful for human consumption. Therefore, the manufacture, distribution, and possession of methamphetamine or any other controlled substance is a violation of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law.
The manufacture, distribution, and possession of methamphetamine is a serious crime punishable by law. In this regard, if you are found producing or distributing methamphetamine, as well as consuming it, then you will be arrested and made to face a serious trial in court. If found guilty, you will be taken to jail.
But how is methamphetamine harmful to the body?
Methamphetamine is a neurotoxin. It is considered as one of the most dangerous types of drugs, which gets the user addicted and constantly have a need for it.
It is a very powerful stimulant, that is highly addicted. If a person takes it once, such a person is compelled to keep taking it because of the substances contained in it. It can be taken by swallowing as a pill, smoking or inhaling, injecting, and snorting. Whichever way it is taken, it carries out its harmful effects on the central nervous system. Methamphetamine works by increasing high levels of dopamine in the brain. This dopamine is in charge of body movement and motivation.
The short- and long-term effects of using methamphetamine are very harmful to the body.
Here they are:
Loss of appetite
Loss of memory
An increased risk of contracting HIV
Itching of various parts of the body, which leads to sores.
These are just a few effects of consuming methamphetamine, as there are others. Although it is a very harmful drug which should be avoided as stated by the law, people still find themselves in possession of it, whether mistakenly or not. Well, methamphetamine will not be available if there are no producers or manufacturers. This, in turn, means that people still disregard the law, and go on to produce the drug and distribute it to interested persons. However, according to the Louisiana State Legislature, if you are a producer, distributor, or found in possession of methamphetamine, you are committing a very serious crime punishable by the State law.
Drug charges are very serious crimes in New Orleans and if you have been arrested for one, it is good that you hire the services of a professional Lawyer in New Orleans to help you all through your case. If you do not get a good lawyer, you might be opting for a jail term
Charges For Methamphetamine In Louisiana
If you are found in possession of methamphetamine, tried and found guilty, here are the charges you will face, according to the Louisiana State Legislature:
If the quantity found in your possession is less than 20 grams, you will be sent to jail either with hard labor or not. The jail term is for not less than one year, and not more than ten years. You may probably pay a fine of not more than fifty thousand US dollars.
If the quantity found in your possession is 20 grams and above, you will be sent to jail WITH hard labor (this is compulsory) for not less than one year, and not more than twenty years. You may also be asked to pay a fine of fifty thousand US dollars.
As a producer or manufacturer of methamphetamine, if you have been found guilty of the charge against you, you will be sent to jail with compulsory hard labor for not less than ten years, and not more than thirty years. You may also be required to pay a fine of not more than five hundred thousand US dollars.
You can now see that the manufacture, distribution, and possession of methamphetamine is a very serious case in Louisiana, which needs a good lawyer. If you have been charged for the above, and you need a good Lawyer New Orleans, then Barkemeyer Law Firm can be of great help, as we do our best to help our clients in every way possible.
What Barkemeyer Law Firm Will Do For You As Regards Your Methamphetamine Case
There are so many crimes in the world today, which are punishable by law. At Barkemeyer Law Firm, we acknowledge that drug charges are serious offenses punishable by law. We also acknowledge that there are some cases where an innocent person might be charged guilty by the court of law. Having this in mind, we:
Try our very best to keep our clients to avoid being convicted and sent to jail
Help our clients’ criminal record for future purposes
Do our jobs as lawyers and do it right
Ensure that we put in our best when working with a client.
We try to simplify the process for each client, in case it’s their first time. We guide you all through the processes of your drug charge case. If you were allowed bail through the bail bond process, we can help you find a suitable bond agency or bail bondsman to work with you.
No one would love to hear that they have been sentenced to jail. This is because you will miss out on so many things; freedom first, your family, friends, job, rights, and so on.
Therefore, if you are in New Orleans, Jefferson, or St Tammany Parish, and you need a lawyer, you need to try the services of Barkemeyer Law Firm. We are a reputable law firm, who seeks to help all our clients get justice but putting their needs first. You could also come to us for inquiries and advice concerning your methamphetamine drug case.
More Information on Drug Charges in Louisiana:
|Creation of Meth Lab|
|Felony Drug Charges|
|Misdemeanor Drug Charges|
|Obtaining Pills by Fraud|
|Possession with Intent|
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