Drug Crimes

Section 812 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. §801 et seq.) (CSA) lists substances which were controlled in 1970 when the CSA was enacted. Since then many substances have been added, removed, or transferred from one schedule to another. The current list of controlled substances can be found in section 1308 of the most recent issue of Title 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1300 to end (21 CFR §1308) and the final rules which were published in the Federal Register subsequent to the issuance of the CFR.

Crimes involving Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) in Louisiana are defined by sections of Title 40 of Revised Statutes commonly referred to as the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Law. While each CDS is categorized by schedule(s), crimes are defined and differentiated by the actions or circumstances surrounding the suspect's interaction with the CDS. Such actions and circumstances can be: manufacturing, possessing, possessing in certain prohibited places, distribution, intent to distribute, and possession while in possession of a firearm. Each of these charges are discussed in the pages linked under this page.

Crimes involving Controlled Dangerous Substances comprise the majority of felony arrests, charges, and convictions. However, you can work together with an experienced criminal defense attorney to explore strategies for creative defenses. These may include suppressing illegally obtained evidence, challenging the chain of custody of the substance, challenging the validity of the required tests, or, if it fits your priorities, working on adding substance abuse programs into agreeable plea deals for more favorable terms.

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