Baton Rouge Criminal Defense Law Blog

Drug trafficking laws in the U.S.

Drug problems are on the rise in the United States, and the government has implemented strict measures to control this issue. Drug laws in the U.S. penalize anyone who is involved in the production, transportation or selling of banned substances. The punishment depends on the type of drug, the amount being transported, or the target market. The most common drugs being misused in the U.S. are marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Drug trafficking is the possession of illegal substances with the intention of selling to others. A sentence of 3-5 years is common for people found guilty of drug trafficking. Drug trafficking is a far more serious offense than drug possession.

Fight smart, not hard

With Baton Rouge continuing to occupy a frenzy of media attention, it is becoming more and more evident how a minor altercation between two people can escalate rapidly and change the course of lives. These life-changing and serious consequences don't just involve those in the altercation, they involve families everywhere, in other cities, other states and anywhere a mother, father, grandparent or child has access to the news.

A different state of acceptance

Throughout the US, many states have made major moves to accept the relevancy of marijuana as a therapeutic or medicinal drug, not only one of recreation and a potential intoxicant. The laws have become far more lenient in many states. However, in Louisiana, state laws around marijuana remain some of the strictest in the nation.

Understanding tier 1 sex offenses

If you have been charged with any manner of sexual misconduct or offense, then you should know the impact this will undoubtedly have on the rest of your life. It can be salvation to see the charge not stick and avoid conviction. That is why a strong defense is absolutely crucial. If you cannot see the charges dropped, there may be a chance to see the charges reduced or at very least, the penalties tapered down upon a conviction.

When independence day becomes tragically ironic

Three-day weekends equate to relaxation and merriment to many. The merriment often includes alcohol consumption, perhaps more than in other occasions when there's less travel, fewer gatherings and less of a compulsion to celebrate with wild abandon. However, with travel and with gatherings comes a need to return from where you came.

A white collar charge for a blue collar worker

White collar crimes often bring with them images of wealthy executives, cyber crimes and insider trading accusations. But when you consider yourself a blue collar worker and you catch wind that you may be under federal investigation for activity you are involved in, you may be surprised to realize you may be facing white collar charges.

Two wrongs don't make a right

There are numerous reasons why someone might commit a murder. Maybe they feel they were driven to it; maybe it was an unintentional result of a punishment in a game. Perhaps the victim incited so much rage in another person that the person temporarily lost his or her grip on sanity and lashed out. Perhaps the aggressor has no recollection of the event. Whatever the reason, the act of taking another's life is illegal and will have consequences if you are found guilty of doing so.

By the same token, a single act resulting in a death may not be viewed as something that is likely to ever occur again. If that is not a far-out supposition, there may be an arguing point there for the convicted person's chance at an eventual return to freedom.

Louisiana cocaine use blows up

Drug use and societies general perception of drug use are two volatile things. Laws based upon perception are being tested and are changing along with everything else. Drug addiction is a disease, and it is being recognized as such. However, even simple possession has steep penalties if a conviction occurs.

A minor mistake makes a major misdemeanor

We all make mistakes. Nobody is immune to that. That fact is, after all, what makes us human. As youth, we may be even more prone to mistakes and as adults, we accept the errors with greater tolerance, because we know with mistakes comes our greatest chance to learn. And in every punishment comes a lesson; we simply must be receptive to it. Which is why a zero-tolerance rule may not be the answer. It is possibly intended to strike fear into the other youth who hear that those transgressions landed their friends in legal trouble, but does it actually work?

When consensual is still illegal

While most people have at least a rudimentary idea of what sort of sexual activity is illegal, some acts we believe are okay could actually be illegal. Moreover, engaging in such behavior could land you a criminal record. While many consider Americans a bit oppressed when it comes to our sexuality, areas of Louisiana have commonly been presented as an outlier.

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