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Aggravated assault laws and penalties in Louisiana

Criminal acts in Louisiana and elsewhere committed with a weapon can make a serious crime even more severe. With that in mind, when a weapon is used in the commission of a crime, the accused is likely to face harsher penalties of a conviction takes place. Depending on certain factors and circumstances, the accused offender could endure severe criminal consequences, making it vital to explore what criminal defense options might be available to them.

With regards to aggravated assault, this crime that is relatively minor is some cases, could elevate to a serious violent crime when a deadly weapon is involved in the assault. To understand this better, aggravated assault will be defined. This crime occurs when there are aggravating when an assault is committed. This includes the use of a weapon, the status of the victim involved, the intent of the accused and the degree of injury caused. When an assault occurs in the home of the victim, this could rise to an aggravated assault as well.

What are the consequences of a DUI in Louisiana?

Being pulled over in Louisiana and other states is not an enjoyable experience. No one wants to face a traffic ticket; however, this is a common occurrence on the roadways. In some cases, motorists are accused of more than just speeding or failing to stop at a stop sign. Some are accused of driving while intoxicated. Such an allegation could carry with it serious penalties, making it imperative for motorists to consider their options to get the charge reduced and even dismissed.

What are the consequences of a DUI in Louisiana? Depending on the circumstances surrounding the drunk driving allegations, a motorist could ensure a wide range of penalties and criminal consequences. In matters where a motorist is place on probation, in the state of Louisiana, one must not operate a vehicle during the period of probation unless the vehicle is equipped with a functioning ignition interlock device.

Helping you fight a DUI charge in Baton Rouge

Motorists in Louisiana get behind the wheel of a vehicle for an early morning commute, at the end of the workday, to run errands or to travel long distances. In some cases, drivers are traveling when they are fatigued, and it other cases, a motorists could be under the influence of alcohol. Because motorists are required to follow the rules of the road and drive safely, if law enforcement suspects that they are not complying with these requirements, they could initiate a traffic stop. This could ultimately result in a sobriety test and an arrest for a suspected drunk driving.

Facing a DUI charge may not seem as severe as other charges; however, it is a charge that could impact the life of a motorist. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the charge, a person could endure jail time, license suspension and hefty fines. At Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at law, our attorneys understand the importance of fighting these allegations to reduce and dismiss them.

Are you facing accusations of mail fraud?

Fraud typically involves a person or group of people attempting to obtain money through illegal means or means that misrepresent true intentions. When a person is accused of fraudulent activity, serious charges could result, which could also lead to serious consequences if a conviction takes place.

Various types of activities could fall into the category of fraud. In particular, you could find yourself accused of mail fraud. If so, it is important that you understand the accusations you face and determine what courses of action may help you defend against those charges.

Are you facing problems in college that are alcohol related?

Do you know that many Louisiana college students and others throughout the nation say that they experienced peer pressure to drink alcohol within days of their arrivals on campus? If you can relate to that, you may have firsthand experience with some of the consequences of alcohol consumption in college.  

If you are 21 or older, you can legally buy and consume alcohol unless the court has restricted your privileges from some reason. It's no secret, however, that college drinking often gets out of hand. It cannot only cause health problems but can also have an adverse impact on your scholastic career as well -- not to mention the fact that it can land you in jail.  

Understanding what constitutes a felony DUI

In Louisiana and other states across the nation, it is clear that drivers should not be under the influence of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle. Despite this knowledge, many drivers fail to uphold this obligation to drive safely. Thus, when a motorist is accused of drunk driving, he or she could face serious penalties.

Generally, a DUI is charged as a misdemeanor; however, in some cases, it could raise to the level of a felony charge. And unlike a typically DUI charge, a felony DUI charge carries with it consequences and penalties that are more lasting. While the reasons to charge a DUI as a felony varies from state to state, there are common reasons for it to rise to this level.

What is money laundering?

Earning money, no matter the amount, often causes a person to become protective of it. For some, this means investing it, and for others it might mean using it immediately to pay bills. No matter how the money is used, individuals often seek to protect their earned money. However, if money does not come from a legitimate source, individuals may take steps to disguise their funds in order to avoid facing serious penalties.

What is money laundering? In simple terms this is a criminal act that involves the transfer of money that derived from a criminal activity. This can include activities such as organized crime, drug transactions, white-collar crimes and terrorist activities. This money is transferred into seemingly legitimate channels as an attempt to mask the true origins of the funds.

Driver of head-on crash faces DUI and vehicular homicide

Having a drink or two here and there is typically not an issue. For those of legal drinking age, it is expected that one will drink responsibly. However, this can look different from one person to the other, as alcohol tolerance can vastly change from one person to the next. And even if a motorist believes that they are fine to drive, it is possible that he or she may be over the limit. In the event that law enforcement suspects drunk driving in a traffic stop or following an automobile collisions, it is possible that the driver could face a drunk driving charge.

According to recent reports, a motorist was arrested following a head-on collision. Authorities say that one teenager was reported dead and two teenage passengers were injured following a vehicle colliding with them head on. The crash occurred in St. Martin Parish, and the suspected drunk driver is a 24-year-old man.

Studies show binge drinking is popular in Louisiana colleges

If you are a student at a Louisiana college or university, you likely look forward to enjoying the free time you get to spend with friends. After all, the rigors of collegiate academics can be stressful and tiring, and it's only natural that you would be eager for rest and relaxation when you are not in classes or studying for exams. It's no secret that the college social scene often includes alcohol.  

Even if you're age 21 or older, it can still lead to problems if a police officer pulls you over for suspected drunk driving or trouble breaks out at a party you're attending and cops come and take everyone there into custody. In such situations, it is critical that you understand your rights and know how to protect them. However, to avoid such problems to begin with, it may be helpful to analyze why drinking is so popular in college. 

Defense options for drug possession charges

Whether it is a search following a traffic stop or a search initiated after a search warrant is issued, when a person is found to be in possession of a controlled substance, this could result in serious drug charges ensuing. This situation is very serious, as being convicted of drug possession could result in harsh penalties. Because of this, exploring defense options is the best step to take.

Whether it is presumed to be for personal use or with the intent to sell, defense options are available. And depending on the type of drugs involved, the quantity in question and whether the accused has a criminal background, a defendant may have a variety of defense actions available to them.

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