A.J. Hodges, IV - Attorney at Law
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A Top Drug Crimes Defense Attorney

A qualified and knowledgeable lawyer can be a tremendous asset if you are facing drug charges. It is crucial to speak with me as soon as possible, and certainly before you make a statement to law enforcement. Whether the charge is possession, distribution or manufacturing, you have the right to remain silent, so exercise your right!

I have spent my entire legal career ensuring that clients’ rights are fully protected. As an aggressive attorney dedicated to criminal law, I can be your most effective defense against a drug conviction. When you hire me, I will protect you throughout the legal process.

Drug Laws In Louisiana Are Strict

There is little decriminalization of drugs in Louisiana, which means there is a distinct chance of serious punishment for drug or even simple marijuana possession. Don’t risk your future! Call me.

You Can Defend Yourself Against Drug Charges

Fighting any drug charge is always your wisest course of action. The law builds cases predicated on your criminal record, so keeping your record as clean as possible makes a difference now and in the future. But it also is important down the line if you ever face charges again. A conviction will affect your chances for employment and professional licensing and your general enjoyment of life.

Common Questions For Drug Charges

Facing drug charges can be overwhelming. I understand that navigating through these issues requires clear information and reliable guidance. Here, I address some common concerns about drug charges to help you understand the potential implications and how I, as a drug crimes attorney in Louisiana, can assist you.

What are the differences between different drug charges?

Drug charges can vary significantly based on the nature of the offense and the amount of drugs involved. Generally, these charges fall into three main categories: possession, distribution, and manufacturing. Possession is typically the charge you face if you are caught with a small amount of drugs, meant presumably for personal use. Distribution involves the intent to sell or distribute illegal drugs, and this charge can apply even if no actual sale was observed, but the quantity suggests distribution. Lastly, manufacturing involves producing illegal drugs.

The severity of the charges increases from possession to distribution to manufacturing, with manufacturing generally carrying the most severe penalties. It can also vary depending on the type of drug you were found with and what schedule it is, as the law accounts for differences between Schedule I and Schedule V drugs, for example.

What are some of the lasting consequences of drug convictions?

A drug conviction can have profound and lasting impacts beyond just immediate legal penalties. For parents, one of the most heart-wrenching consequences is the potential effect on custody arrangements and parental rights. A conviction might influence a court’s perception of your ability to provide a safe and stable environment for your children. Professionally, drug convictions can hinder job opportunities in your career, as many employers perform background checks that highlight such convictions.

Additionally, certain drug convictions can lead to loss of specific licenses, difficulty in obtaining housing, and even affect your voting rights. I take these concerns seriously and strive to provide a defense that not only addresses the immediate charges but also considers the long-term wellbeing of you and your family.

What are the differences in penalties between distribution and possession?

Penalties for drug charges can vary widely, with distribution generally facing much harsher penalties than possession due to its larger impact on community safety. For possession, penalties might range from fines and community service to short-term imprisonment, depending on the drug type and amount. Distribution charges, however, can result in significant jail time, larger fines, and more stringent probation conditions.

In Louisiana, the gap between these penalties underscores the seriousness with which the law treats the intent to distribute illegal substances compared to personal use. As your attorney, I assess every angle of your case to develop a defense strategy that aims to minimize these penalties and protect your future. Every case is unique, and the details of your case can vary the potential risks you are facing from the criminal justice system.

Contact Me Today If You Face Drug Charges

Call 800-640-1954 to reach my office in Shreveport. You can also contact me online for a prompt response.