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Older teenagers or those in their early 20s sometimes get caught-up in the wrong crowd or make simple one-time mistakes. For some it is part of growing up. For example, some young adults in Louisiana dabble in drugs. While they may know what they are doing is illegal they may not know just how serious drug crimes can be. The following is a brief overview on Louisiana law on certain drug crimes: those involving marijuana, those involving cocaine and those involving heroin.

Marijuana crimes

Marijuana possession may be legal in some states in the nation but not in Louisiana. While a first offense for marijuana possession might result in a mere six-month jail sentence and a $500 fine at a judge’s discretion, a second offense for marijuana possession could lead to a five-year prison sentence with or without hard labor and a $2,000 fine. If a person in Louisiana manufactures or sells marijuana it could lead to a prison sentence of five to 30 years with hard labor and a $50,000 fine. As you can see, marijuana crimes in Louisiana are treated very harshly.

Crimes involving cocaine

Crimes involving cocaine are treated even more harshly than marijuana crimes. A person who possesses cocaine can face a five-year prison sentence with or without hard labor and a $5,000 fine. The penalties for the manufacturing of cocaine are even stricter. A person who manufactures cocaine could receive a prison sentence of 10 to 30 years and a $500,000 fine. And if a person distributes cocaine in Louisiana it could lead to a prison sentence of two to 30 years and a $50,000 fine.

Crimes involving heroin and other Schedule 1 narcotics

Crimes involving heroin and other Schedule 1 narcotics are also treated harshly. In Louisiana possession of heroin can lead to a prison sentence of four to 10 years with hard labor and without probation or suspension of sentence and a fine of $5,000. If a person in Louisiana sells or manufactures heroin it could lead to a prison sentence of five to 50 years with hard labor and a $50,000 fine.

Learn more about drug crimes in Louisiana

Given these penalties it is important that those accused of drug crimes in Louisiana treat these charges seriously. Imprisonment and hefty fines can be ruinous to a person’s future even if they serve their time and are released. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Those who have questions about drug crimes in Louisiana can explore our firm’s website to learn more.