Drug charges are serious business. For many years, the United States judicial system has imposed tough penalties on drug offenders, helping to contribute to a sharp rise in the incarcerated individuals.
Our nation has 25% of the world’s prison population, while having only 5% of its actual population. Moreover, the state of Louisiana stands out for having the highest per capita incarceration rate in the country. Everyday, individuals who are arrested for possession of a controlled substance are given surprisingly long sentences. In just one example, Louisiana law states that any person who knowingly or intentionally possesses between 200 and 400 grams of cocaine, shall be sentenced to serve a term of imprisonment at hard labor of not less than 10 years. And while it seems that the country has loosened its strictures on the use of marijuana, Louisiana, in fact, remains one of the most punitive states for marijuana possession. Do not be fooled – this is a big deal.
This threatening backdrop means it is vital to have a lawyer who will aggressively pursue your defense.
Examples of charges include:
- Possession of marijuana, crack, cocaine, crystal meth (methamphetamines) hallucinogens, heroine, ecstasy or other illegal substances
- Felony drug possession or possession with intent to distribute
- Importation, transportation, distribution or trafficking of cocaine, marijuana, heroine, methamphetamines, hallucinogens or other illegal substances
- Illegal possession or distribution of prescription drugs like Xanax and OxyContin
- Manufacturing or cultivation with intent to distribute
The DeJean & Noland Law Office team has vast experience in helping clients get through often complex drug charges. We handle all aspects of your defense, working to protect your rights and to safeguard against overblown claims. From the minute we begin representing a client, we build an aggressive strategy. We conduct a thorough, step-by-step investigation of the case, recreate a timeline, interview witnesses and look for procedural errors, including illegal search and seizure, illegal traffic stops and searches of homes and offices without warrants.
Your rights as a citizen mean that the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt rests with a prosecutor. What does this mean? This is standard that the prosecution must meet in criminal cases. In order for a defendant to be found guilty, the prosecutor must prove that no other reasonable, logical explanation exists than for the defendant to be guilty of what he/she has been charged with. Our job as defense attorneys is to aggressively reveal every aspect of doubt we can uncover and every weakness in the prosecutors’ case. Our years of criminal defense experience have helped us build a network of relationships with local judiciaries across the state, putting us in a strong position to advocate for you and your future.
We have one goal when we represent you and that is to WIN.