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Understanding the severity of marijuana charges in Louisiana

While possession of marijuana has been legalized in some parts of the country, marijuana possession remains a serious offense in Louisiana. If you stand accused of marijuana-related drug crimes, you may be facing severe consequences that could have a drastic impact on your life.

You undoubtedly want to protect your future by avoiding any unnecessary and potentially harmful penalties, and it's understandable if you feel somewhat intimidated by the process and are in need of guidance.

Louisiana becomes first state to 'ban the box' on college applications

One mistake can cost you dearly. If you had it to do over again, you might take a different direction, walk a better path, and that choice would change the way your life is going. If you are one of the many people in Louisiana with a criminal record, you already know how hard a conviction will make it for you to succeed. For years to come, it may seem like everywhere you go, your record is a roadblock that keeps you in the same place.

In many cases, a major roadblock to success, with or without a criminal conviction, is not having enough education. Still, many people with a criminal record see it as a wake-up call, and they resolve to turn around, get an education and make something positive of their lives. Until recently, that choice was easier said than done.

What is the three strikes law in Louisiana?

Louisiana residents who are facing serious criminal charges can feel overwhelmed. A serious charge such as murder can change a life forever. In Louisiana, like many other states in the United States, there is a three-strike law for those who have been convicted of a violent felony like murder or manslaughter.

Louisiana residents who have two prior felonies on their record and are facing their third serious violent felony may under the three-strikes law face a sentence of a life in prison. A serious violent felony can include murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnapping or robbery. Louisiana may also sentence a defendant who has three nonviolent convictions for 12 years in prison up to life without parole. Louisiana has tough sentencing laws which result in long sentences for crimes that may not be sentenced so harshly in other states.

Baton Rouge man accused of murder, arson

Murder is the ultimate crime in Baton Rouge. Both law enforcement and the public have zero tolerance for anyone who is accused of murder. A murder conviction can bring a defendant serious penalties, including decades in prison and even the death penalty.

What are the factors that affect a person's BAC?

Drunk driving is a serious offense in Louisiana. Most drivers understand how dangerous driving after drinking can be for both themselves and others on the road. But sometimes mistakes happen and a driver may be facing an unexpected drunk driving charge.

Going out with friends and having a few drinks is something that lots of Baton Rouge adults like to do. It can be difficult to know how much alcohol is too much. There are many factors that can affect a person's BAC. One is how quickly a person drinks. The faster they drink the quicker they will become intoxicated. Also, those who are heavier may have more blood in which they can dilute the alcohol. If a person has eaten, it can affect their BAC as well.

Baton Rouge man accused of cashing over 25 stolen checks

There are many different types of crime a person can commit in Louisiana. Some of the lesser-understood crimes involve fraud of some type. These cases can be extremely complicated and tricky for law enforcement to unravel. Likewise, those who are accused of fraud may have a difficult time navigating the criminal justice system, and can feel overwhelmed.

The False Claims Act and health care fraud

Health care fraud is a category of crime involving false claims made for insurance or health benefits. The U.S. government has estimated that health care fraud costs taxpayers up to $100 billion a year. The government seeks to prevent and penalize this type of fraud through a statute known as the False Claims Act.

Some of the most common types of health care fraud that may fall under the False Claims Act involve a health care provider allegedly filing a fraudulent claim for services. This could happen to any medical professional at their place of business if someone in the office makes errors and then bills a health insurer like Medicare or Medicaid. Healthcare providers are required to follow a strict protocol when it comes to medical records and medical billing. A failure to adhere could result in being charged with healthcare fraud. Acts of health care fraud are numerous and could include overbilling, waiving co-pays, forging signatures or even tampering with medical records.

Drug charges do not always result in a conviction

When thinking about illicit drugs and the effect they can have on a person's life, the consequences can get serious fairly quickly. Besides a person's health and family life, there could potentially be legal consequences if a person is arrested and charged with a crime. However, notice that these are all potential consequences. Not all drug charges end in a conviction for those crimes alleged.

There is an array of charges one could be accused of that are related to illicit drugs. Drug trafficking is one of the more serious charges since those charges can come with potentially serious consequences and punishments. Other charges, like possession charges, do carry consequences but drug trafficking is typically more severe. It's very likely a person charged with drug trafficking can also be charged with possession.

What is the Louisiana ignition interlock device law?

Being pulled over for a DUI in Baton Rouge is a nerve-wracking occasion. A driver can feel nervous, scared and unsure of what to do. A person who is convicted of drunk driving can face various penalties, with one of them having an ignition interlock device installed in their car.

There are various reasons why a Louisiana driver who is convicted of drunk driving would be required to have an ignition interlock device installed in their car. First, if the driver has a blood alcohol content of more than .20, they will have a license suspension of a minimum of two years. This clearly has a significant impact on a person's personal and professional life, so the driver may be able to obtain a hardship license. This license would only be given if an ignition interlock device is installed in their car. Another reason why a driver may need an ignition interlock device installed in their car is if they refuse to take a chemical test at the time of arrest.

Corrections officer accused of bringing in drugs to inmates

Drugs are a common problem among Baton Rouge residents. Drug offenses are one of the top reasons why a person is arrested in Louisiana. Anyone can find themselves caught up in a drug offense charge and facing serious penalties.

For example, a corrections officer who works at the Angola state penitentiary was recently arrested for allegedly smuggling in drugs and contraband to prisoners. After a routine search of employees' cars, officials found tramadol, ecstasy, marijuana, crystal meth and rolling papers in the employee's car. The employee was arrested and charged with intent to distribute ecstasy, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute tramadol.

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