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March 2011 Archives

Two Baton Rouge men arrested for marijuana possession on I-10

Recently, two Baton Rouge men were arrested and have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. It started when a 48-year-old man from Peerless Street was driving east on Interstate 10, and a detective with the Combined Anti-Drug Task Force (C.A.T. Team) pulled his vehicle over for a traffic violation.

Melville woman charged with Medicaid fraud

Health care fraud is aggressively investigated and prosecuted by the government. Unfortunately, a surprising number of health care fraud charges arise from innocent submission mistakes or patterns of claims that cause suspicion for some reason. Because the government has seemingly unlimited resources to investigate and pursue charges, anyone suspected or accused of committing this type of fraud must launch a strong defense.

Pedestrian's death leads to DWI charge for Baton Rouge man

Earlier this week, a 35-year-old man was walking along Scenic Highway in Baton Rouge when a vehicle struck him. He was attempting to cross the roadway when a 1989 Ford pickup truck collided with him just before 7:00 Tuesday morning. The pedestrian was taken to a local hospital, where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident.

Man confesses to murder, suspected in son's disappearance

Last week, a 53-year-old man confessed to stabbing his wife to death in Houma. According to news reports, the man walked into a Baton Rouge-area police station to inform officers that he had killed his wife, whom he had been married to since 2003. Apparently, he said he and his wife had been arguing about their rocky relationship, and he stabbed the 47-year-old woman in the face and neck.

Two charged with marijuana possession in West Baton Rouge

Louisiana is tough on drug crimes. In an effort to decrease these types of violations, federal and state officials provide zero or close-to-zero tolerance for drug offenses. Investigators aggressively pursue these charges, and criminal penalties for conviction are becoming increasingly severe, even for first-time offenders. Therefore, it is critical that anyone charged with a drug offense zealously fight the charge.

Southeastern Louisiana University student charged with extortion

Many people turn to Craigslist when looking for a good deal on everything from pets to electronics. The website works because buyers trust sellers to not take advantage of them. Unfortunately, when a trusting buyer spends a significant amount of money on an item only to discover the seller was not the rightful owner, that person may understandably become confused and angry and may even unwittingly engage in acts of extortion.

Child molester undergoes castration as part of plea bargain

Most people know that convicted sex offenders face lasting consequences. Time behind bars and sex offender registration are widely discussed among those who have been charged with sex offenses, as well as the public in general. However, many do not realize that sex offenders may face surgical castration, as well.

Increased drunk driving law enforcement during Mardi Gras

Authorities have stepped up enforcement efforts to cut down on drinking and driving during Mardi Gras. The annual celebration, which attracts thousands of tourists to Louisiana each year, has a high holiday crash fatality rate. In an effort to reduce the number of collisions involving alcohol, authorities have obtained extra funding, allowing them to increase their visibility throughout the celebration and more easily arrest people for suspected drunk driving.

Two arrested in connection with Zachary trailer park shooting

Being charged with multiple crimes can enhance the severity of the charges and potential penalties. For example, charges for possessing an illegal firearm and committing murder can lead to more serious penalties than a charge for only one of those offenses. In these situations, it is important to challenge evidence of the principal criminal charge, as well as any aggravating factors.

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