Arrested on Drug Charges in Louisiana?

Call a New Orleans Drug Crime Defense Lawyer

To successfully defend against criminal allegations, you need an experienced, reliable and compassionate attorney. Since 1971, Martzell Bickford & Centola has provided strong defenses for individuals, government officials, businesses and other entities. As a result of our years of experience, we have helped thousands of people successfully fight for their right to justice. Our drug crime defense lawyer’s success stems from knowledge of the Louisiana court system from decades of trials and case work.

A drug arrest is not uncommon; arrests for drug-related violations are on the rise. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, drug arrests rose from 600,000 to over 2 million from 1982 to 2007. These arrests may involve tranquilizers, marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine, psychedelic drugs and other substances. The continued increase of drug use has resulted in law enforcement entities directing their efforts toward curbing drug use. For this reason, even if you are entirely innocent, it can be difficult to defend yourself against drug-related allegations. If you have been arrested for a drug crime, contact our New Orleans drug crime defense lawyer.

At Martzell, Bickford & Centola, we know how serious drug charges can be. If you have been arrested for possession of drugs or drug manufacturing charges, we can help. We have represented our clients with drug charge dismissals and, in some situations, have drug cases thrown out. Ultimately, we know you need reliable defenses to criminal charges. For this reason, we set out to dismiss the charges against you. If this is not possible, then our drug crime defense lawyer will can work to reduce charges.

Can Felony Drug Charges Be Dropped?

Ultimately, any New Orleans drug charge can be dropped in the right circumstances. If that is not possible, in some cases, felony drug charges can be reduced to misdemeanor drug charges. Some factors will play into the success of dropping the charges against you. For example, it can be easier to defend a first-time possession charge than a repeat offender. Alternatively, drug manufacturing charges or drug possession with intent to distribute can be more complex than a possession charge drug defense.

No matter the details of your arrest, our Louisiana drug crime defense lawyer can help. Our firm has experience reducing or dismissing misdemeanor and felony charges that involve:

  • Marijuana: While Louisiana recently voted a bill to pass medical marijuana, cannabis is still a schedule 1(C) hallucinogenic substance. As a result, possession of 14 grams or less can cost you 300 dollars and or incarceration of up to 15 days. Additionally, you may face a DUI for weed consumption if your blood tests positive for THC while you are driving.
  • LSD: Lysergic acid diethylamide, also known as acid, is a major hallucinogenic drug that is easy to abuse. It is listed as a schedule I drug, meaning it is unsafe for consumption.
  • MDMA: Also known as, Methylenedioxymethamphetamine, MDMA is commonly referred to as Molly, Ecstasy or E. It is popular with festival goers.
  • Opioids: Anyone convicted of illegal possession or distribution of illegal opioids can result in stiff penalties. These charges involve prescriptions like oxycodone, hydrocodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, fentanyl or Vicodin along with heroin.

Do I Need a Lawyer for Drug Charges in New Orleans?

Immediately after you are arrested, contact a Louisiana drug crime defense attorney. An attorney can ensure you understand the law and work within the legal system in pursuit of a favorable outcome. The consequences associated with drug crimes can vary greatly depending on many factors including the type of drug, the amount of drug the accused allegedly possessed or consumed, and the circumstances of the offense. Even the least serious offense can have debilitating effects on your life. For example, New Orleans money bail bond system involves a nonrefundable commercial bail premium. In fact, people arrested in New Orleans pay $6.4 million annually to the bail system.

One reason drug offenses are so common in New Orleans is because of our exciting tourism and festival scene. Art enthusiasts, music fans, professionals and students visit the city year-round. Large events like Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, Buku and Essence Festival are especially popular with tourists. As a result of traffic through the city, tourists and locals face unique challenges. For instance, you may be visiting from out of town and find yourself in an unfortunate circumstance out of your control. Alternatively, someone from out of town or from a crowd can impact the details of your arrest. Therefore, confusion during the events that lead to your arrest can lead to defense strategies.

Drug Related Arrest? Call Our New Orleans Drug Crime Defense Lawyer Now

Have you been arrested in a drug related offense? Do you have concerns that your rights have been violated? Remember that you have the right to remain silent. The smallest details of a criminal drug charge can change your life. For example, a wrong word to the authorities can turn a ticket-able offense to a felony. A misplaced prescription could result in charges for intent to traffic a controlled substance. For this reason, Martzell, Bickford & Centola examines all details of each client’s arrest. Our firm can work to ensure any searches or seizers were conducted property. As a result, we can see if your charges are open to pretrial programs like drug rehabilitation treatment. Finally, if there is any emerging evidence against you, we can use our team of experts to scrutinize the reports.

Odds are, you have questions about your rights and possible outcomes of your case. Our New Orleans drug crime defense lawyer can let you know what immediate and long-term options are available. Contact our firm online or call our office at (877) 717-4551 to schedule a free consultation. We can review the details of the charges against you and let you know how we can help.

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