Possession of Marijuana

Possession of Marijuana in Louisiana is defined by LA. Revised Statute 15:542.1.4 , the same statute defines and describes potential penalties for possession of other Schedule I substances such as heroin and synthetic cannabinoids.

While each charge involving each substance has distinguishing elements, no charges have had such notoriety and changes as recently as the possession of marijuana and other cannabinoids. 

Possible Penalties for Possession of Marijuana

The possible penalties for possession of marijuana in Louisiana differ based on the amount. The amount also can be indicative of intent to distribute which, if charged, greatly increases the penalties.

However, due to the recent changes in legislation, the penalty for possession of marijuana less than fourteen grams only receives a maximum of a $150.00 fine, for a first offense. This is still an enhanceable crime, making subsequent offenses susceptible to higher penalties.

Potential Defenses to Possession of Marijuana

Though the statewide and national mood seems to be shifting toward full legalization of marijuana, possession and the possibility of being charged with distribution is still illegal and carries the weight of a criminal conviction on your record. A consultation with one of the attorneys at Lawrence Law Firm can bring to light facts and circumstances useful in mounting unique and creative defenses or mitigating factors which can help to preserve your record and protect against interruptions or complications with your employment, school, or future.

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