Fierce Defense Against Drug Possession Charges

Drug possession is a grave offense in Louisiana. Our criminal defense law firm based in New Orleans helps to protect the rights of defendants charged with this serious crime. We thoroughly investigate your case to best determine how we can mount an effective defense and obtain a successful outcome.

Louisiana has extremely high incarceration rates for drug-related charges. The state is aggressive in pursuing convictions in this area. At the Law Office of Rachel M. Yazbeck, L.L.C., our attorneys are experienced with the types of drug possession charges New Orleans prosecuting attorneys levy against defendants and the tactics they employ to try to prove their case. We use this knowledge and experience to the best advantage of our clients.

Controlled Substances In New Orleans

The Louisiana State Legislature identifies a long list of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) that are subject to legal regulation and control. This list calls out familiar drugs, such as heroin, cocaine and marijuana, as well as many of the individual substances that are used in their manufacture.

Louisiana statute identifies the following as Schedule I, II, III and IV drugs:

  • Opiates
  • Opium derivatives
  • Hallucinogenics
  • Depressants
  • Stimulants
  • Napthylpyrovalerone
  • Synthetic cannabinoids
  • Substances of vegetable origin or chemical synthesis
  • Immediate precursors to amphetamine and methamphetamine
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Anabolic steroids and muscle building substances
  • Fenfluramine
  • Ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine

When you turn to a knowledgeable lawyer at our defense firm to defend against a drug possession charge, we are upfront and honest with you about your circumstances. We explain your charges, potential penalties and the legal options available to you. We mount an aggressive defense using our considerable skills and know-how in this field to seek an outcome with the least possible detrimental effect on your life, from penalty reductions to outright dismissals.

Marijuana Possession Charges

Charges for possession of marijuana are common in New Orleans. The penalties vary in extremity, dependent upon the amount of marijuana found, any past charges and intent. An initial conviction for possession of 14 grams or less carries a maximum fine of $300 and up to 15 days in jail. A finding of more than 14 grams of marijuana will lead to fines of up to $500 and a maximum 6-month stay in the parish jail. Subsequent convictions lead to much more severe penalties, and can result in a prison sentence of as many as 20 years.

Our attorneys will work relentlessly to pursue every available option to prevent you from being sent to jail. We will review your case for evidence of police entrapment, misconduct, false information and other options to fight your charges.

Schedule an Appointment Today

If you or someone you care about has been charged with drug possession in New Orleans, contact our firm today, online or by phone at 504-564-7314 to mount a vigorous defense. We will work tirelessly to preserve your freedom.