Yes. If you are convicted of possession of marijuana near a school, or in any drug-free zone, you may face the maximum fine and a sentence of one and a half times what you would have served had your arrest occurred outside a drug-free zone. The state of Louisiana defines a drug free zone to be within 2,000 feet of a:
- Schools. This includes public and private elementary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools, colleges and universities.
- School property. This includes playgrounds, parks, recreational facilities and other property or buildings owned or operated by a school.
- Drug treatment facility. This includes property that is used for diagnostic, treatment, or rehabilitative services for patients and their families for problems related to alcohol, drug, or substance abuse.
- Religious building or property. This includes churches, synagogues, mosques, and other property that is used for religious worship or other religious purposes.
- Public housing authority property. This is property owned or operated by a public housing authority or agency.
- Child day care. This is any property that is licensed as a day care center or group child day care home.
You may not claim that you did not know you were in a drug-free zone as a defense, according to Louisiana law. That does not mean, however, that you do not have any defenses to the charges against you. Instead, it means that you must take the charges seriously and take action today to protect your rights. Whether you are from out of town or you live here in New Orleans, we encourage you to browse our free resources and to start a live chat with us today to learn more about your rights.