You may have grown up in Louisiana watching cop shows on television like most kids did. In nearly every episode, you likely heard a police officer reading a criminal suspect his or her Miranda rights. Loud background music probably played to give the show a climactic ending. Watching police charge someone with a crime in a fictitious story on TV is one thing; when it's real life and the police officer is talking to you, it's quite another.
Like many in Louisiana, you may have watched with interest as lawmakers tackled the crushing issues of overcrowding and dwindling resources in the state's prison system. In unprecedented legislative sessions, lawmakers worked and compromised on various aspects of criminal justice reform to overhaul the broken system.
Traffic around LSU and other college towns is sometimes so cluttered it might take you an hour to go a mile or two. Other times, traffic may flow quickly, allowing you not only to reach your destination on time but to arrive a few minutes early. In either situation, the burden is on you to adhere to all traffic regulations, especially posted speed limit signs, signals and stop signs. After all, you wouldn't want to face reckless driving charges.
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.
Comedian Kevin Hart-who performed at the Baton Rouge River Center last August-was recently arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after his Mercedes came close to colliding with a tanker truck on a freeway in Southern California. According to California Highway Patrol, Hart appeared intoxicated when he was pulled over in the early morning hours on Sunday in Los Angeles.
A 24-year-old East Baton Rouge man and his father, who were facing a charge of attempted second-degree murder for allegedly beating another man, are now facing charges of second-degree murder and fugitive from justice. Both the man and his father were arrested and charged in connection with the incident, but now they faced upgraded charges.
A 30-year-old suspect is currently the target of a search currently being conducted by New Orleans police in connection with the shooting of a man in eastern New Orleans on Monday night.
Following a search of an off-campus frat house, two Tulane University students have reportedly been charged with a variety of drug offenses including possession with intent to distribute "Molly," a more pure form of the drug ecstasy. The frat house was reportedly searched after the students accepted a package containing the drug at Kappa Sigma Fraternity house in Uptown.
East Baton Rouge Parish prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty in a murder case involving Dominique Dantoni Smith, a man accused of taking the life of his former girlfriend and her 3-year-old son. In that incident, which reportedly took place at a park near Zachary in May 2008, Smith was also accused of cutting the throat of his ex-girlfriend's 4-year-old daughter.
A driver accused of killing a cyclist and critically injured another cyclist in a January 2012 accident on Perkins Road in Baton Rouge has been charged with vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring and second-offense DUI. The driver has reportedly pleaded not guilty to the charges