Louisiana residents would likely agree that where illegal drugs are concerned, it is usually a good idea to refrain from personal involvement, as law enforcement across the nation is cracking down on drug crimes. A nationwide epidemic of addiction and overdoses has caused a heightened sense of alarm. Some of the actions on the part of law enforcement, meant to combat the growing threat, may be a bit overzealous. As one local woman recently learned, even throwing drugs away can lead to a need for a criminal defense attorney.
In May 2018, a Louisiana woman was accused of possessing illegal drugs with the intent to distribute them at a local correctional facility. Allegedly, police received a tip from an unknown source, accusing the woman of planning to bring illegal drugs into the facility. Law enforcement officials claim that the woman placed a bag containing several illegal drugs in a trash can.
Though investigators had no idea if anyone, or who, would retrieve the bag from the trash, they arrested the woman anyway. The woman was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The case remains under investigation.
People who find themselves accused of drug crimes may be frightened because of the stigma attached to being convicted. They may worry that they will lose their job, children or even their freedom. Fortunately, an individual accused of drug crimes has the right to a defense attorney. An attorney may be able to assist a person in presenting a solid criminal defense, and ensure that a person knows that in a court of law, they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.