The drug crisis appears to be improving in many parts of the country, but it does remain a serious problem. While the number of drug-related deaths may be declining in some areas, Louisiana remains on high alert in its fight against illegal drugs. Anyone charged with crimes in relation to the drug crisis is entitled to a criminal defense.
A candidate for state office was caught up in the fight against drugs on a recent weekday evening. She and a companion arrived at a site that was under police surveillance. The location was suspected of harboring illegal drug activity. The people also had a young child in the back seat.
Police conducted a search of the vehicle and allegedly found illegal narcotics. In addition, they reportedly found marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia. The candidate was charged with marijuana possession, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Her companion was also reportedly charged with assorted drug-related crimes.
When law enforcement personnel suspect wrongdoing, there are policies and procedures that they must follow before acting on those suspicions. There are specific procedures in place regarding the search of a vehicle. However, any person facing charges for drug offenses in Louisiana is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty in a court of law. Any accused person is guaranteed access to a criminal defense. A knowledgeable attorney can review the facts of a case and advise the client of his or her rights and help to ensure that those rights are upheld throughout the criminal justice process.