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Criminal Drug & Gun Charges

Though many states have become increasingly flexible on their drug penalties, Louisiana has not yet joined that crew. It is true that Louisiana has shifted, though reluctantly, its mindset in terms of drug penalties; it still remains one of the staunchest proponents in ensuring that drug possessors, users, and traffickers suffer incredibly high penalties.

If you’ve been charged with a drug offense in Louisiana, you need to make sure you’re equipped with an attorney who is properly versed on drug crimes, the differences between controlled dangerous substances (CDS), and has the appropriate defense strategy to help you through your charges. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony-level drug offense, our firm is experienced in defending clients who are faced with all drug crimes, such as:

  • Misdemeanor and Felony Drug Possession
  • Misdemeanor and Felony Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Felony Possession with Intent to Distribute
  • Drug Trafficking/Drug Manufacturing

Additionally, it’s important to remember that not all drugs are alike; therefore, the penalties associated with them are kept unique. Everyone has the right to a properly administered prescription from a physician, but prescription medication can often times be assumed as tools of abuse or trafficking by law enforcement agencies. Prescription drug charges are prosecuted very seriously and come with severe penalties. If you have a prescription from a doctor and have been charged with a drug offense, you could have an affirmative defense for your case.

Finally, many drug related stops are made through routine traffic stops. Most people are often unaware of their constitutional rights during these stops. It has been our experience that many of these stops raise possible constitutional defenses. Having a skilled defense attorney who understands all the fine nuances of constitutional law is imperative to being effective in defending a drug charge. Our firm has the skill and knowledge to raise those issues and effectively argue them in court.

GUN CHARGES

The Second Amendment: The right to bear arms. It’s a Constitutional pillar that our great state of Louisiana cherishes very profoundly. Louisiana is a sportsman’s paradise and for the vast majority of us who were born and raised in Louisiana, who have grown up around hunting, we’ve been more familiar with guns from an early age. Unfortunately, however, there are times where these freedoms and rights—like owning and operating a firearm—that we have been privileged with, can get us into trouble.

Louisiana is an “open carry” state, meaning that a permit is not needed when possessing a firearm if the user is of the legal age of 17 or older. However, there are stipulations to this law, especially in regards to individuals that have been previously convicted of certain crimes in the past. In saying that, if you are not well-versed on the laws surrounding firearms, it could get you in further trouble. If you are a convicted felon, you are prohibited from owning and operating a firearm for ten (10) years from the completion of your sentence date (probation and parole included). If you have a conviction for one, or more of the following crimes, your right to bear arms might be in jeopardy:

  • Weapons offenses
  • Burglaries
  • Crimes of violence
  • Felony drug crimes
  • Sex crimes
  • A Domestic Abuse Protective Order (Louisiana Uniform Protective Order)

 

Additionally, it’s important to note that firearms in the presence of illegal narcotics can turn a mistaken-riddled night into a nightmare for your future. It almost seems cliché, but it’s true: guns are the not-so-distant relative to drugs and can signal to law enforcement agencies that there is more to the story than just the occasional dabbling of drug use, but could actually be the intent to sell narcotics. This could cost you exponentially in a variety of ways and the loss of your Second Amendment rights is just the beginning.

If you’ve been charged with a crime involving firearms, it’s important to have an attorney who can explain your rights to you and can thoroughly analyze your case. Let our firm of experienced attorneys and professional staff give you the best defense and peace of mind possible.

While we never guarantee outcomes, because each case is so different and unique, we have seen much success over time in aggressively defending our clients. Those results include lesser jail sentences, probation in lieu of jail time, reduced conditions and time on probation, deferred adjudication and diversion of charges, and even outright dismissal of charges. Outcomes cannot be guaranteed by anyone, but at Sudduth and Associates, we pride ourselves on guaranteeing to our clients our heart, our passion, and our every effort.

Having the experienced team of paralegals, investigators, and attorneys at Sudduth & Associates, LLC on your side is invaluable to you receiving the best possible outcome. Call us today to see how we can help you level the playing field to get the best possible outcome in your case!

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