The state of Louisiana imposes tough fines and penalties on people convicted of drug offenses. Drug crimes may range from misdemeanor drug possession to felony offenses like drug trafficking or drug distributing, which can lead to large fines and penalties upon conviction. A person facing drug charges, regardless of whether it is misdemeanor or felony, has to defend himself or herself in order to be acquitted of the charges.
On December 20, a woman from Shongaloo, Louisiana, north of Calcasieu Parish, was arrested for allegedly selling prohibited substances to an undercover police officer.
Based on the report, the arrest stemmed from a several month investigation conducted by the authorities. The police searched the suspect's house and found drug paraphernalia and methamphetamines. The suspect was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. The woman was incarcerated at the Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center.
Anyone facing criminal offenses is presumed innocent until proven guilty. In these instances, the suspect may refuse to answer questions asked by police officer if a suspect wants to avoid giving out information that can be used against him or her in a court trial. The suspect has to act promptly and find ways to establish a strong defense, which is necessary if the charges are to be reduced or the case is to be dismissed.
Establishing a strong defense may require the assistance of a legal professional who can navigate the court system while protecting the best interests of the defendant. The legal professional can also negotiate with the jury for lesser charges in exchange of a plea but the path of the case always rests on the wishes of the defendant.
Source: Mysanantonio.com, "Shongaloo woman booked on drug charges," Dec. 27, 2013