Drug Possession Lawyer in New Orleans
Drug possession is a criminal charge that can have serious consequences to the defendant. Depending on the type of drug that was allegedly possessed and the amount of the drug, the defendant could be looking at prison time or probation. That is only half the battle. Once the case is over, then the defendant could be faced with having a drug conviction on his/her criminal record for the rest of his/her life. Mr. Barkemeyer can help with all aspects of defending a drug charge in New Orleans. He is a New Orleans drug charge defense attorney who has focused his criminal defense practice on defending clients with drug charges in Louisiana his entire career. He has helped hundreds of clients charged with various drug charges. He knows what it takes to get drug charges reduced or dismissed. Call 504-321-4300 to speak with a criminal defense attorney about your drug charge.
College Students and Drugs
We represent many clients who are college/university students that pick up a charge for drugs. Our clients have attended Tulane, Loyola, LSU, Delgado, Southeastern, and UNO. We have represented clients charged with possession, possession with intent to distribute, and distribution of drugs. Regardless of the type of drug charge in New Orleans, we can help. The most important aspect of representing a client who is still in school is protecting their criminal record. We strive to get our client through the case so they can complete their education and move onto starting their career. The greatest reward to us is when our client calls us years after having a serious drug charge to inform us he got that job he always wanted.
Every Drug Case is Different
Not every drug case is the same. For instance, someone who has developed an addiction to prescription pills and was arrested for possession of oxycodone should be treated differently than a defendant who was arrested for distribution of crack cocaine. We understand how drug treatment and rehabilitation can impact a client’s life and criminal case. When drug addiction is apparent, we may advise our client regarding where to go to seek treatment. Mr. Barkemeyer is highly experienced in helping clients who have drug addictions. He knows how to let the criminal justice system understand that this is a person who needs help, not prison.
Defenses to Drug Charges in New Orleans
Drug charges have many different defenses. Regarding drug possession cases, the prosecutor will try to prove that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed the drug. It doesn’t matter if it was a minor amount of the drug left in the pipe or if it was three ounces of meth in the trunk. The prosecutor attempts to build their case for drug possession by showing the defendant had this possession by proving facts of the defendant’s knowledge and intent to possess the drugs. The possession can be either actual or constructive possession. Actual possession of drugs in New Orleans is when the drugs are found on the defendant’s person. For example, the drugs were in his pocket or cigarette pack. Constructive possession is when the drugs are not on his person but it can be inferred that he possessed the drugs. For instance, the drugs were in his car or house. Your drug defense attorney will try to defend the drug charge by showing the prosecutor can’t bear its burden of proving the knowing and intentional possession.
Joint Possession of Drugs in Louisiana
Many times, an officer will make a stop of a vehicle with multiple passengers. He may find some drugs and question everyone there as to who the drugs belong to. If one of the passengers owns up to it, he will often let the others go. However, if he doesn’t he will often arrest all the passengers. The prosecutor’s theory of possession is joint drug possession. More than one person can possess the same drug. Even multiple people could possess one pill. For instance, five friends decide they want to purchase an ounce of cocaine to sell to their friends at a profit. Even though the cocaine is in one package, the cocaine belongs to all the friends jointly. This is the theory of the prosecutor. As a New Orleans drug defense attorney, we combat these theories and assertions. We know how to make the court see the other point of view that helps our client the best.
Types of Drug Possession
Since we are New Orleans drug defense attorneys, we defend all types of drug offenses. We are not divorce lawyers or immigration attorneys who are happy to handle minor possession of marijuana cases. We defend clients charged with small amounts of drugs to clients charged with transporting very large amounts of narcotics across the state. Here are some of the types of common drug possession charges in New Orleans:
- Alprazolam – Xanax
- Amphetamine – Adderall
- Carisoprodol – Soma
- Diazepam – Valium
- Ecstasy- MDMA
- Hydrocodone – Lortab, Vicodin
- LSD – Acid
- Methamphetamine – Meth
- Psilocybin – mushrooms
- Synthetic Cannabinoids – fake marijuana
Criminal Lawyer for Drug Charge in New Orleans
Regardless of the types of drug charge, our criminal defense lawyers in New Orleans can help protect your rights. All these drug charges carry different penalties and sentencing ranges. Contact our New Orleans drug defense lawyers at 504-321-4300 to discuss your drug charge.
Drug charges need special attention from your criminal defense attorney. There are many aspects and issues in drug possession cases that do not exist in other types of criminal cases and especially in other types of law. The constitutional issues in drug cases are very important to understand and defend. Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney, knows how to make sure his clients don’t get run over by the police and prosecution. Defending his client’s constitutional rights is the most important thing a criminal lawyer can do for his client. Successful drug defense starts with years of experience dealing with these issues. Mr. Barkemeyer has been a drug defense lawyer in Louisiana for 14 years. He started his career defending only clients with drug charges in a drug court. He knows the ins and outs of the system and how it affects drug possession cases.