This book provides useful information for people charged with drug crimes. Drug charges are unique crimes, since they have an entire body of law dedicated to them in Louisiana. There is a lot of interplay between drug charges, so it is basically a subsector of criminal law.
Usually, there is no victim involved; the City, State, or U.S. Government is essentially the victim. This means the prosecutors can make all the decisions regarding how they want to prosecute a particular defendant. The prosecutor does not have to clear any deals with the victim. However, the prosecutor may have to run everything by the arresting agencies or the officers that made the arrest. The police officers may have a lot invested in the arrest of a defendant. The arresting agency may have spent a lot of time and money in pursuing the arrest. Therefore, they will want to be considered regarding any deals to the defendant.
There are a lot of constitutional issues involved with drug charges, including traffic stops, searches, and seizures relating to a drug arrest. You do not see as many issues as often in a lot of criminal charges, such as sex charges, burglary, or theft.