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Securing Your Defense: Expert Drug Charges Defense Lawyer in Lafayette

Being charged with a drug crime can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. It can be especially difficult if you have no prior criminal history and are not familiar with the legal system, and, understandably, you may feel scared, uncertain, and anxious about your future.

Remember That You Have Legal Rights…and Options

Our team can explain the charges against you, the legal process, and the best options to mount a strong defense.

The war on drugs has been lost. Many prosecutors know this, but police keep arresting people and charging them with crimes. An experienced drug charge attorney can help you navigate the legal process and work with the prosecution to find alternatives to convictions and jails.

Chad Ikerd prides himself on being able to find these creative alternatives, including pretrial diversion, drug court, or even delaying prosecution to demonstrate sobriety to dismiss the charges.

We Are Here to Help With Your Drug Charges

We believe in providing personalized, client-centered, compassionate representation for each of our clients, and will take the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and help you develop a winning defense strategy for your case.

This is YOUR case and YOUR life. Do not let any attorney tell you otherwise or strong-arm you into agreeing to a plea that is not in your interest.

Whether you are facing a minor possession charge or a more serious trafficking offense in Lafayette, LA, the Ikerd Law Firm is here to help.

Common Types of Drug Cases in Lafayette, LA

Drug Charges AttorneyOur firm aggressively represents clients facing a broad range of drug-related offenses and charges, from simple misdemeanor possession charges to more serious felonies.

Below are just a few of the many drug charges we defend clients against:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug distribution
  • Drug trafficking
  • Prescription drug offenses

Effective Defense Strategy Against Drug Dealing, Possession, and Manufacturing Charges

The best defense in criminal defense is often an even stronger offense. When clients hire us to represent them they can trust that our team will fight aggressively for their case and do everything in our power to legally position them for a fair outcome.

Drug charges often offer a great chance to “suppress” evidence or challenge the aggressive tactics of the police department. You need someone on your side willing to file and fully litigate any suppression issues.

Louisiana’s 5 Drug Schedules

In Louisiana, controlled substances are divided into five schedules, La. R.S. 40:963, based on their potential for abuse, medical use, and other factors.

The five schedules are as follows:

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  • Schedule I: These drugs have a high potential for abuse and no accepted medical use. Examples include heroin, LSD, and ecstasy. Most ridiculously, Marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug in Louisiana, even though Marijuana has documented “accepted medical uses.”
  • Schedule II: These drugs have a high potential for abuse, but they may also have some accepted medical uses, abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Examples include cocaine, methamphetamine, and oxycodone.
  • Schedule III: These drugs have a lower potential for abuse than Schedule I or II drugs, and they have some accepted medical uses. Examples include anabolic steroids and some barbiturates.
  • Schedule IV: These drugs have a lower potential for abuse than Schedule III drugs, and they have accepted medical uses. Examples include Xanax and Valium.
  • Schedule V: These drugs have the lowest potential for abuse and have accepted medical uses. Examples include some cough syrups that contain small amounts of codeine.

It is important to note that it is illegal to manufacture, distribute, or possess controlled substances in Louisiana unless you are authorized to do so. You can find which schedule a drug is listed in Louisiana here.

The specific penalties for drug offenses depend on the schedule of the drug and the specific nature of the offense.

Penalties for Drug Possession in Louisiana

The penalties for drug possession in Louisiana vary depending on the schedule of the drug and the specific circumstances of your case, including your criminal history.

Many factors must be considered, including the type of drug, the amount or weight of the drugs, whether the drugs were for personal use or distribution, etc. Some simple possession of marijuana charges, for example, may be a misdemeanor charge with the possibility of several months in jail.

Serious drug tracking charges for drugs such as meth, cocaine, and fentanyl can carry VERY long hard labor sentences…possibly long enough for you to spend the rest of your life in jail.

When you meet with Chad Ikerd and the Ikerd Law Firm, we will walk you through the possible penalties that are specific to your case.

Enhanced Penalties for Drug-Related Charges In Louisiana

In Louisiana, several circumstances can result in enhanced penalties for drug offenses.

A few examples of situations that warrant enhanced penalties include:

  • Committing a drug offense in a school zone: If you are caught manufacturing, distributing, or possessing drugs in a school zone, you may face enhanced penalties. See La. R.S. 40:983.1.
  • Possession of drugs with the intent to distribute: If you are caught with a large amount of a controlled substance, you may be charged with possession with the intent to distribute. This is a more serious offense than simple possession and carries harsher penalties.
  • Committing a drug offense while in possession of a firearm: If you are caught committing a drug offense while in possession of a firearm, you may face enhanced penalties. This is a charge where an experienced attorney may be able to help show that the possession of the gun and the drugs were not connected, but rather coincidental, and thus, this charge should be dismissed.
  • Prior drug offenses: If you have prior drug offenses on your record, you may face enhanced penalties for any subsequent drug offenses. This is especially true for “enhanceable” penalties for possessing drugs like marijuana. The first two offenses for simple possession of marijuana are misdemeanor offenses, however, a third offense can be enhanced to a felony conviction.
  • Distribution to a person under 18 years old: If you are over 25 years old, and you are charged with selling a Schedule I or II drug to someone under 18 years old, there could be enhanced penalties, including a separate criminal count which may include a minimum of five (5) years in jail and a maximum of up to thirty (30) years in jail. See La. R.S. 40:981.

Choose the Ikerd Law Firm: Your Drug Charges Defense Attorney

Get the representation you deserve from a battle-tested attorney ready to fight for you against these drug charges.

Hiring the right criminal defense attorney to represent you against drug charges can mean the difference between your freedom and a lifetime of regret (among other penalties).

Call us today at the Ikerd Law Firm!

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