You were enjoying a carefree evening in the French Quarter or another part of New Orleans. The police were not concerned about the drink in your hand, but they were not as relaxed about the marijuana they found on you. Before you knew it, you were under arrest and now you are facing criminal charges for possession of marijuana.
What Those Charges May Be And What They May Mean
Not everyone who is arrested for possession of marijuana in New Orleans will face the same charges. Instead, depending on your unique circumstances, you could face the following jail time:
- Possession of less than 60 pounds (first offense): up to six months
- Possession of less than 60 pounds (second offense): up to five years
- Possession of less than 60 pounds (third offense): up to 20 years
- Possession of 60 – 2,000 pounds: up to 30 years
- Possession of 2,000 – 10,000 pounds: up to 40 years.
- Possession of more than 10,000 pounds: up to 40 years.
But That’s Not All….
If you are convicted of any of the possession charges described above then you may be ordered to pay a significant fine and your driver’s license may be suspended. Furthermore, your sentence may be enhanced if you are found to be in possession of marijuana within 2,000 feet of a drug free zone.
You have been charged with possession of marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, or synthetic cannabinoids, and the consequences of the charges could forever change your life. Whether you are visiting New Orleans or this is your home, you need to take the charges seriously beginning the moment you are arrested.
We encourage you to begin protecting your rights immediately by learning all that you can about the charges against you and about your rights after you are arrested. You can begin right now by starting a live chat with us and by reading the free links available on this page.