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What constitutes second-degree murder in Louisiana?

While it is likely an overwhelming time emotionally, those accused of murder or other Louisiana homicide crimes should take the time to protect their name and assert their rights in the matter. Doing so could help the accused clear their name and avoid harsh penalties. In this respect, it may be helpful to understand the difference between first and second-degree murder.

Hazing now carries more severe penalties

In recent years, the problem of hazing has come to the attention of the public as the media covered a series of deaths related to initiation rituals on college campuses, including Louisiana State University. Hazing occurs when members of a team or organization subject new members to humiliating rituals, often involving the consumption of dangerous amounts of alcohol.

Baton Rouge man charged with attempted murder

Verbal altercations can quickly escalate. When they do they sometimes turn physical in nature. When injuries result from these scuffles, criminal charges can end up being filed against one or more parties involved. Those who are unable to adequately protect themselves from these charges may wind up facing serious penalties, including prison time and financially ruinous fines. This is why those accused of violent crimes need to protect themselves as fully and aggressively as possible.One Baton Rouge man is in this position now after being taken into custody on various criminal charges, including attempted first-degree murder. According to reports, the man got into a fight with another individual outside of a local business. Law-enforcement officials claim that the man physically struck another individual, knocking him to the ground. Reports indicate that the accused individual then went to his car, came back with a gun, and opened fire on the group with which he was tussling. Nobody was injured by those bullets, but they did enter the local business and, according to police, put lives at risk.The accused individual was arrested on multiple charges including attempted first-degree murder, battery, and carrying a firearm. If convicted of these offenses, this individual could face a significant amount of prison time. Prosecutors will likely try to point to the fact that he fled the scene as evidence of his guilt. However, especially given the hostile environment between police officers and civilians, this should have no bearing on his guilt or innocence. But, it may take a strong criminal defense to help redirect jurors' attention away from this fact and toward facts that are favorable to a finding of not guilty.Of course, before this case even gets to trial there will likely be plea bargaining. Plea negotiations are not right for every case, but when the stakes are high it is worth seeing how far are the prosecution will back off of its initial charges. In order to do so, though, an accused individual needs to be prepared with a strong criminal defense strategy. This is where the help of an aggressive and competent attorney can be helpful.

Understanding tax evasion and penalties that could result

Individuals and companies in Louisiana and elsewhere have financial responsibilities. This goes beyond just paying monthly bills. When a person works, he or she must report their income. For companies, profits must be reported. Then, come tax time, individuals and companies must pay taxes if it is determined that they owe. Failing to complete this task could result in repercussions.

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