Louisiana Drug Crimes Attorneys Fighting for Your Rights

Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC asserts creative, aggressive representation in the Louisiana justice system. Partner Nicholas V. Cressy, a former public defender, makes sure our team never stops fighting for justice in the Louisiana system.

Every year in Louisiana, thousands of people are convicted of drug crimes. State and federal prosecutors aggressively pursue drug charges, whether “simple” possession or more serious crimes, such as manufacturing, dealing or trafficking. The government’s “war on drugs” has resulted in nonviolent criminals being jailed for long sentences, often without receiving the treatment they need to overcome dependency and mental illnesses. Upon release, the addiction is still intact and therefore, they are likely to offend again, resulting in a high recidivism rate.

If you are arrested for a drug crime, you may have several options, but you need to act quickly to protect your rights. We often work with the families of juveniles and represent students whose futures are placed in jeopardy because of a moment’s indiscretion or a substance addiction. Our attorneys at Forrest, Cressy & James, LLC will aggressively fight the outdated sentencing of defendants accused of drug possession. Call us today (504) 605-0777 so we can evaluate your situation, advise you of your options, and begin preparing the strategy best suited to your situation.

Drug schedules, charges & defenses

Drug Schedules:

Drugs are divided into five categories based on their accepted medical uses and potential for abuse and dependency, with Schedule I considered the worst offenses carrying the harshest penalties and Schedule V considered less dangerous and more medically necessary. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) schedule includes:

  • Schedule I: Heroin, LSD, MDMA, Marijuana

  • Schedule II: Cocaine, methamphetamine, methadone, hydrocodone, oxycodone, OxyContin, fentanyl, Dexedrine, Adderall, Ritalin, PCP, Vyvanse

  • Schedule III: Ketamine, anabolic steroids, testosterone and smaller amounts of hydrocodone and codeine in combination pharmaceuticals

  • Schedule IV: Xanax, Soma, Klonopin, Darvon, Darvocet, Valium, Ativan, Tramadol and Ambien

  • Schedule V: Lyrica, Propylhexedrine (decongestant) and low dosages of codeine in cough preparations

Drug Charges:

  • Possession of Marijuana

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance

  • Possession with Intent to Distribute

  • Drug Trafficking

  • Prescription Drug Charges

What The Forrest, Cressy & James Attorneys Do To Protect Your Rights

An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you determine whether you have any viable defenses to the drug charges you are facing. These defenses may include:

  • Lack of probable cause for the initial stop and/or arrest

  • Whether the search or seizure was legal

  • Whether the police satisfied the requirements for a search warrant

  • Whether the police satisfied chain of custody for any evidence that they seized when you were arrested

  • Whether the police lab properly administered tests

Our drug defense attorneys are meticulous in their review of arrest circumstances, pursue exculpatory evidence, and attack the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses.

We will fight your charges when warranted, but will also work to negotiate the most favorable plea agreements possible when that proposes the likelihood of a more favorable outcome. For minor drug charges, this can include diversion to drug court, where probation conditioned with regular drug testing, education, and treatment may be permitted in lieu of prison time.


From the start of your case, the Forrest, Cressy & James attorneys demand that the prosecution prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt and invoke all potential defenses that are available. We challenge illegal search and seizures, unlawful warrants, unreliable witness testimony, and other procedural and evidentiary aspects of your charges. Every move we make is geared toward putting you in the best position possible. Contact the firm immediately so we can evaluate your situation, advise you of your options, and begin preparing the strategy best suited to your situation.