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Baton Rouge raids lead to 11 arrests on drug charges

Eleven people who were living in the Baton Rouge area are now facing allegations that they were engaging in drug distribution after Baton Rouge authorities conducted a series of raids on various locations throughout the Baton Rouge area.

The men and women who were arrested all must now deal with drug charges of various types, but all of which carry with them serious consequences, including the possibility of prison time. According to police, the raids yielded over $100,000 cash, several different types of drugs and various firearms. Police say that among the firearms, they located a grenade launcher.

We handle drug and drugged driving cases

Several of our recent posts have discussed the variety of legal trouble that Louisiana residents can run into because of prescription drugs or other forms of controlled substances. In addition to having to be on alert for the possibility of being accused of drug possession, a person who needs prescription drug can also find himself or herself looking at an OWI conviction.

Just like alcohol, drugs, even legal prescription drugs, can affect a person's ability to drive. This means that a person who wants to drive on the Louisiana roads needs both to be aware of how he or she responds to a prescription drug and to read the warning labels on the drug.

An overview of federal drug schedules

Several of the recent posts on this blog have discussed the drug laws of Louisiana and how they apply both to ordinary citizens and to medical professionals. Particularly, these posts have discussed charges related to use or dispensation of prescription drugs.

As many Louisianans who follow this blog know, drug charges related to the alleged misuse of prescription drugs can have serious consequences, including the possibility of a felony conviction and even a lengthy prison sentence. What some might not quite understand, however, is what exactly a federally controlled substance is and how a drug or medicine comes to be considered such.

What is 'doctor shopping'?

Residents of Louisiana who read this blog may have seen last week's post describing how several people were allegedly engaging in break-in's at pharmacies in order to get access to valuable prescription drugs. These prescription drugs can be re-sold on the black market, and they can also be used and abused by the people who acquire them.

People of Louisiana should remember that, in any event, doing something dramatic liking breaking in to a pharmacy or forging a prescription are not the only ways a person can run afoul of Louisiana law while seeking drugs. Even if they are doing so for legitimate purposes, Louisianans can find themselves facing a felony conviction and serious consequences by engaging in so-called "doctor shopping."

Several people detained in connection with pharmacy break-ins

Federal officials have arrested the last of several people whom they believe are responsible for a string of burglaries at pharmacies in various towns in Louisiana. Some of the earlier arrests in this case took place in Baton Rouge.

According to police reports, seven people were involved in repeated burglaries, in which they would enter pharmacies and then take both cash and marketable prescription drugs. While reports are describing the police investigation as if it were a burglary, about $3 million in medicines and other prescription drugs were located at the homes of some of the suspects. Given the amount of drugs involved, drug charges are also a possibility.

We provide strong representation from start to finish

As several of our recent posts have discussed, police in Louisiana often use aggressive interrogation and other investigation techniques in order to hunt down whom they believe is guilty and try to get that person to admit to their accusations.

Even before a person is actually charged with a crime, being investigated with the looming threat of an arrest can be scary enough for a Baton Rouge resident. Fortunately, legal assistance can be valuable, even invaluable, when a person has been contacted by the police.

What should I do if I am contacted by the police?

For a Louisiana resident, getting contacted by the police in the course of any criminal investigation can be scary. As a recent post on this blog discussed, police officers Louisiana may be trained in interviewing techniques that are designed to elicit a confession, even if it turns out that the confession is contrived. Still, many Louisiana residents may choose to talk freely to police officer in the hopes that they will avoid possible criminal penalties or maybe even help their criminal defense.

While the decision to talk to police is a personal choice, one must remember that he or she always has the right both to refuse to participate in a police interview and even to give any statement at all. Moreover, one must also remember that while, in a perfect world, police really simply out to find out the truth, this is sadly not always the case. Sometimes, a person's words to the police can be taken out of context by officials whose primary mission is to get a conviction.

Baton Rouge officer accused of soliciting sex over the Internet

A sheriff's deputy who was serving in the Baton Rouge area is now facing criminal charges himself after a prostitute informed authorities that she was approached by him online for sexual favors. She also says that the deputy intimidated her, using his office to make her engage in a sexual relationship with him for free.

Allegedly, the deputy was using a website called "Backstage" to locate prostitutes. Backstage, like Craigslist, offers people the opportunity to use so-called "escort services." However, these "escort services" are often an opportunity for people to arrange to pay for sex.

It's important to know police interrogation techniques

It is frightening enough for a Louisiana resident to be accused of a serious crime. He or she may, sometimes even suddenly or at an odd hour, be asked to come to a police station, supposedly just to help clear up a difficult case. When the person, understandably nervous, tries to explain, the police accuse him or her of lying and will try to give the person a way out of the interrogation by confessing the crime.

This technique is called the Reid Technique, and police in Louisiana and throughout the United States have used it for decades in all kinds of cases, from petty theft or drug charges all the way up to rape and murder. The Technique relies on supposed non-verbal cues, like twitching or avoiding eye contact, that a police officer allegedly will assess quickly at the beginning of his or her interview with a suspect.

Getting help when accused of sex crimes

Several recent posts on this blog have discussed the serious consequences that can accompany a conviction for a sex crime. Residents of Baton Rouge and other people in Louisiana need to remember that the label "sex crimes" does not just apply to more serious news-grabbers like rape or child sexual abuse. A person who simply made a mistake or who was in the wrong place at the wrong time can also be accused of a sex crime that can land a person on Louisiana's sex offender registry.

Being on the sex offender registry can cause tremendous damage to one's reputation and also has the potential to ruin one's professional life for a very long time, if not permanently. This is to say nothing about the fact that most sex crimes in Louisiana carry with them the possibility of a stiff jail sentence followed by highly restrictive probation terms.

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