Like many states, Louisiana has a complicated relationship with drugs and enforcing drug laws. While we have technically enjoyed some allowances for medical marijuana usage since the 1970s, the wording of the law made it impractical for any physicians to authorize a patient to use it.

Now that the public opinion on medical marijuana is shifting throughout the country, you might think that the penalties for marijuana possession are softer, but that it unfortunately not the case. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly called for stricter, not more lax, penalties for drug charges, going so far as to suggest increased minimum sentences for drug offenders.

If you recently received drug possession charges, you need to fight them with every tool at your disposal. If you do not, you may face time behind bars, hefty fines, and a slew of difficulties in your day-to-day life.

Do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced attorney to examine your options and begin building a strong defense. Every day that you wait to begin building your defense is a day that the prosecution has to build a stronger case against you.

Drug convictions follow you for years

Let’s assume that you choose not to fight the drug charges for some reason. Maybe you think, “I can’t afford to fight them,” or “It’s just a slap on the wrist.” Drug convictions are rarely a slap on the wrist in terms of sentencing, and often cost you much more than you expect in the long run.

Even if you somehow manage to avoid jail time in your sentence, you still face a number of harsh difficulties.

If you are in college on a scholarship, your scholarship may evaporate when you receive your conviction.

If you think, “I’ll just work my way through school,” consider that many jobs, especially jobs available to students, refuse to hire anyone with a drug conviction. This may last for many, many years and keep you from a career you want altogether.

Furthermore, many rental companies refuse to rent apartments or houses to individuals with drug convictions. This may make it very difficult to secure housing in the area you want to live.

In some cases, you may even find that various kinds of insurance increase your rates because of a drug conviction.

These are only some of the ways that a drug conviction can make life much more difficult. Do not wait to get the help you need to fight the charges. Your future depends on it.