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March 2018 Archives

What is copyright infringement?

When companies, small businesses, artists or entrepreneurs come up with an idea, they likely want to protect that idea, as it is very vital to the success of their brand, company or business operation. This is where a copyright can come into play. A copyright is a form of intellectual property protection, which is provided by U.S. laws. This form of protection is available for authors of original works that are fixed in tangible form, whether it is published or unpublished. This includes works such as paintings, literary works, live performances, photographs, movies and even software.

Sentencing reform in Louisiana

Being accused of a crime does not only mean facing the immediate life changes, such as having their name tarnished; it also means enduring serious penalties if conviction ensues. Because the laws are always changing, even when Louisiana residents are charged with one of the most serious crimes, he or she could face stricter or lesser penalties when compared to the previous statutes in place. Thus, it is important to not only understand the elements of the crime the accused is charged with but also the penalties that could result.

3 ways police look for probable cause to arrest you for DUI

Let's say you're driving down a Louisiana highway after an LSU sporting event, and you glance in your rear view mirror only to find a police car following you with flashing lights. Knowing that staying calm and cooperating as much as possible may be key to avoiding a lot of legal trouble, you safely pull to the side of the road and come to a full stop.

A police officer can request a warrant to draw your blood

If you are age 21 or older, it is your legal right to consume alcohol. You're obligated, of course, to adhere to all regulations governing alcohol consumption in Louisiana or wherever you happen to be at the time you imbibe. Nothing can ruin a fun night out with friends like a police officer pulling you over on your trip home. Enjoying a beer or glass of wine with dinner doesn't necessarily mean you break the law when you later get behind the wheel of your car to drive. 

Louisiana deputies suspended after evidence collection mishap

When officers stop a vehicle for a traffic violation or are questioning motorists and passengers following a motor vehicle accident, the officers will likely conduct investigation by questioning the driver. By gathering this evidence, law enforcement might have enough information to prove their suspicions correct, that the driver is under the influence of alcohol. While officers cannot act on just these suspicions alone, specific evidence must be uncovered to warrant an arrest and a charge for drunk driving. When this evidence is not available or improperly collected, this can present challenges in the state's case, opening up defense options for the accused.

What factors are used during sentencing?

Facing a serious charge, such as murder, is difficult to navigate. Many times, a person's life and reputation are on the line when they are charged with homicide; thus, many defendants seek to overcome the potential penalties by initiating a defense against the serious allegations. While defendants in Louisiana could endure capital punishment for a murder conviction, it is vital to understand how consequences are determined.

Illegal use of weapons charge

Owning certain weapons, such as a gun, is considered to be a highly valued right in the United States. However, owning this or any other type of weapon comes with responsibilities. These weapons cannot be used anywhere for any reasons at any time, and the failure to comply with these standards and rules could jeopardize a person's right to bare arms. When a deadly weapon is used in the commission of a crime, this is an illegal use of a weapon. And if a victim of this crime loses his or her life, it is possible for the accused to face serious charges, such as murder or homicide.

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