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May 2016 Archives

Drug diversion programs may save you from prosecution

Second chances can be hard to come by. Particularly when the first chance resulted in criminal activity involving drug abuse. However, a record with a drug conviction on it spells disaster for your possibility of ever being given a first chance by anyone looking at your background moving forward. In a case where you acknowledge that the charges brought against you are justified, there may be an option to rid you of prosecution and the far-reaching stigma of a criminal history.

Shedding some light on a voluntary manslaughter charge

While the attention may be disarming, the silence and the feeling that you are forgotten may be the most frightening. This is when it helps to know as much as possible about what you are charged with and also understand a few defenses that may be applicable in your case.

Statutes for violent crimes in Louisiana

A statute of limitations is a time limit by which legal action must be taken for a particular incident. Civil and criminal cases have different statutes, and within these different categories, there are additional statutes depending on the severity of the crime or the infraction. Violent crimes are among the most serious types of criminal acts recognized by the law, so it should come as no surprise that the statutes are rather lengthy for more serious or homicide crimes.

A shield from the far-reaching arm of criminal conviction

For most people, it is not a question of "if" it is a question of "when," at least when it comes to whether or not you have or will do anything illegal. When you do something illegal, the "if" has more to do with whether or not you will get caught. When you make a mistake and do something that isn't exactly legal and if you get caught, are you prepared for the possibility of an arrest or the far-reaching shadows that seem determined to follow you and destroy your life as you know it?

Can a passenger drink alcohol in my car?

Every driver in the country knows that it is illegal to consume alcohol and then operate a motor vehicle of any kind, be it a car, motorcycle or even a boat. Law enforcement officials take possible DUI cases very seriously, which is one of the reasons that attempting to claim that an alcoholic beverage belongs to your passenger will likely not save you if you get pulled over.

Attorneys can offer more than legal advice

If you are accused of murder or a homicide crime, you probably do not need to be told about the importance of legal assistance. Presenting the strongest defense case possible is the best chance that you have of having your charges reduced or even dropped, and the aid of an attorney can help you build such a case. However, there is more to a criminal trial than effective legal representation in the courtroom.

White collar crime convictions could ruin your career

White collar crime may not seem like the most serious area of criminal law that a person could end up on the wrong side of. After all, how many people receive the death penalty for stealing money from a corporation? Even though white collar crime may not seem like a particularly big deal, the truth is that white collar crime could have significant, long-lasting effects on a person's career, in addition to all of the other legal penalties associated with a criminal conviction.

How does Louisiana law treat heroin?

The law and society are both slowly changing opinions on certain drugs, most particularly marijuana, and those who are curious about trying many drugs are often very interested in keeping up on the laws and precedents for these various drugs. While the legalization of marijuana may be gaining popularity in some parts of the country, heroin maintains an extremely negative perception. The penalties for heroin may vary depending on the state, but the consequences of a heroin-related crime are almost always severe.

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