Even when a person has done nothing wrong, a confrontation with police officers can be intimidating. Law enforcement officials like police officers carry the authority of upholding the law in their official actions and the work that they do to protect others can sometimes impinge on the rights most Americans hold dear. In particular, when a police officer states that they wish to search the property of another because of the suspicion of criminal activity, an individual can feel threatened and unsure of how to react.
Drug charges must be taken seriously as they are associated with serious penalties and consequences. Eight individuals were recently indicted, including 4 individuals from Louisiana, in relation to an alleged multi-state drug ring. The individuals are accused of trafficking drugs in Louisiana and several others states following an expansive drug investigation. The individuals are accused of trafficking heroin and cocaine. The wide-ranging drug investigation is reported to have been a several-year operation.
This blog recently discussed different types of police misconduct and the ways it can significantly impact individuals accused of crimes when it occurs. According to police, a man in Baton Rouge is facing drug charges following a recent traffic stop. Police reported that the traffic stop took place because of the man's failure to use a turn signal when turning. He was charged with possession of Schedules I and II drugs, as well as other criminal and traffic-related charges. Also according to police, the man initially ignored flashing lights and sirens when they attempted to conduct the traffic stop.
Any type of drug charge is a serious matter. A traffic stop in Louisiana recently turned into the arrest of a Louisiana woman on multiple serious felony drug charges. The 47-year old woman is facing 5 drug charges following being stopped by authorities after police allege they observed her driving erratically to the left of the center line of the roadway. Authorities allegedly found loose prescription pills in the woman's purse prior to her producing her driver's license.
Criminal defense rights are essential rights to be familiar with. Three men from Baton Rouge are facing drug charges, including drug distribution charges, following a series of pharmacy break-ins in Louisiana and a neighboring state. The men have been accused of stealing oxycodone, hydrocodone, tapentadol, methadone and dextoamphetamine with the intent to sell the drugs. The men, ages 26, 30 and 37 were recently indicted by a grand jury. The men are charged with five counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance and a conspiracy charge. They are facing federal drug charges and potentially face 10 years or greater in prison for each charge.
It is important to know how to respond to drug charges when facing them. Two men were recently arrested on drug charges in Baton Rouge after police searched an apartment and allegedly found drugs. One of the men arrested was a 38-year old man and the other was a 56-year old man. Authorities allegedly found methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and greater than $2,200 in cash in the apartment. Both men were arrested and charged with possession of schedule 1, 2 and 4 drugs and with intent to distribute.
Many Louisianans will find themselves dealing with the criminal justice system at some point in their lives. Whether an individual is a defendant him or herself, or a family member or loved one is facing criminal charges, it can be helpful to be knowledgeable about the criminal justice system. Specifically, when an individual is facing drug charges, he or she will want to make smart choices to protect his or her rights and freedom.
A Louisianan charged with a drug crime may be facing anything from simple possession of marijuana to a more serious felony charge of drug trafficking. This post will focus on those who may have been charged with the more significant offense of drug trafficking. It is becoming more common for prosecutors to identify and target drug trafficking conducted by individuals who they believe are involved in drug cartels.
A conviction for a drug offense can have major consequences for a Louisianan. From loss of personal freedom due to a lengthy prison sentence, to hefty fines, to a permanent felony record, a drug crime conviction can be life-altering. Additionally, a conviction can impact an individual years down the road if he or she is later charged with another drug crime.
Being accused of any crime, no matter the severity, can have a huge impact on the life of the suspected offender. This is especially true if a loved one or close friend is also charged with the same crime. There is not only the possibility of harsh penalties but also the potential to change the dynamics of this relationship. Furthermore, this could complicate the defense process, especially if one defendant seeks to make a plea bargain and provide information against the other defendant.