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October 2017 Archives

Taking an aggressive approach against DUI allegations

No one enjoys facing traffic violations. While these are typically minor offenses, they still have the ability to impact your personal life and cause you to endure fines and other penalties. However, when a motorist is accused of drunk driving, he or she will likely treat this more seriously than a speeding ticket. This is for a good reason because a driver could face penalties such has large fines, license suspension and other consequences.

Passenger of vehicle faces 12 drug charges

Traffic stops can be the source of drug charges. In fact, it is not only the driver of an automobile that could face allegations of a drug crime. Anyone traveling in the vehicle could endure the consequences of a drug crime; however, anyone accused of such a crime has the ability to assert a defense.

What you say before your Miranda rights are read may incriminate you

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.

The penalties for federal drug trafficking charges

When it comes to drug crimes, there are a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions. A drug charge type is dependent on the type of controlled substance the accused offender is in possession of and whether or not another act took place with the supposed controlled substance. For instance, being caught with a small amount of a low level controlled substance could result in just a possession charge because the underlying assumption is that it is for personal use. However, if a suspect is found to be in possession of a large quality of a high level narcotic in conjunction with a large amount of cash and even items such as a scale, this could result in suspected drug trafficking and distribution.

Asserting a strategic defense against white collar crimes

Not all crimes involve drugs, weapons and violence. Some could occur in the workplace, making it difficult for some to view these crimes as serious. Nonetheless, white collar crimes can have severe repercussions. This is especially true if the supposed crime occurred in the work environment. Those accused of fraud or embezzlement occurring in the workplace are not only facing criminal penalties but also consequences that impact his or her personal and professional reputation. Thus, it is important to take these accusations seriously, determining the best course of action and what defense options are available to you.

What is drug trafficking?

Drug crimes can come in a wide variety of forms. For most Louisiana residents, when they hear drug crime, they likely think of drug dealing or drug possession charges. While these are both common types of drug charges, this does not mean they are minor criminal charges. In fact, these alleged crimes, depending on the surrounding facts and criminal background of the accused, could result in very severe consequences if a conviction ensues. Even more so, these charges could expand or extend to a larger drug charge known as drug trafficking, which could result in very harsh penalties.

Understanding drug diversion programs

Being accused of a drug crime could mean facing harsh penalties. This is the hardest part of dealing with these allegations; facing the possible consequences if a conviction is reached. However, depending on the circumstances, defendants have options regarding defenses and ways to reduce the penalties even if a conviction results. Thus, it is important to be well informed on programs available to those accused of drug crimes.

Initiating a defense against a DUI charge

Being involved in a traffic stop can be described as many things; however, it is likely not a pleasant experience for Louisiana drivers. Motorist may not be fully aware why he or she was pulled over, but they do fear the possibility of facing a traffic violation. While this could simply mean a traffic ticket, it could also result in more serious charges that carry with them harsh penalties.

Baton Rouge police chase with drug crime suspect causes fatality

No one likes being stopped by the police or accused of a crime. However, those suspected of a crime are required to stop and speak with law enforcement. This applies in situations where a motorist is being pulled over by a trooper or a pedestrian is being stopped and questioned by a police officer. If there is a reasonable suspicion that a crime has or is about to be committed, law enforcement have the right and power to stop an individual to question him or her. Even when this is an uncomfortable situation, the expectation is for individuals to stop. Unfortunately, this does not always occur, resulting in additional charges faced by a suspect.

Understanding identity theft

Some crimes are viewed as minor and victimless. However, when it comes to financial crimes, many can suffer from those committing them. Thus, harsh penalties follow those convicted of such crimes. With regards to identity theft, it is believed that more than just the owner of the identity suffers as criminals could use this information to pose threats to national security and private citizens.

Criminal justice overhaul to relieve overcrowded prisons in Louisiana

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.

Helping you initiate a defense against fraud charges

Being accused of fraud is anything but a simple and minor situation. For many accused offenders, this allegation stems from his or her conduct in the work environment. Thus, a fraud charge could damage ones' reputation, tremendously impacting the employee's personal professional life. No matter the facts of the matter or evidence currently collected, those facing a white-collar crime, such as fraud, should understand the defense options available to them.

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