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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.

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.

Asserting a strong defense throughout a murder case

Whether it is through social media, public awareness or through their own knowledge, individuals in Louisiana and elsewhere are well aware how serious a murder charge is. As a previous post highlighted, in the state of Louisiana, a person facing a murder charge could face serious penalties, such as capital punishment. Because so much is at stake, these charges should not be taken lightly. There is an opportunity to assert a strong criminal defense, helping a defendant make a huge difference in their case.

What is capital punishment in Louisiana?

Serious crimes mean serious punishments. For many, murder is considered the most serious and heinous crime, making it an extremely overwhelming and stressful situation for those facing a murder charge. Being accused of murder could significantly alter the life of the defendant, even if he or she is not convicted. Because of this, it is important to understand the consequences that could follow these charges and how best to pursue a criminal defense immediately following allegations.

Woman faces attempted murder charges after grocery store incident

Misunderstandings between people in Louisiana occur all the time. Sometimes they are minor bumps in the road of life, and people quickly get over them. Other times they are more serious, leading to verbal arguments in which one or both sides feels angry or insulted. And, sometimes, they cumulate in one person accusing the other of causing them physical harm in an argument.

Asserting a strong and solid defense against murder charges

Murder is known as one of the most serious charges an individual could face. A homicide allegation does not only tarnish a person's reputation, but it also places that in a situation where they could face harsh penalties if a conviction results. Therefore, it is imperative that defendants take immediate action to protect their rights and well as their personal reputation.

Understanding the different degrees of murder

Facing a murder charge, no matter which way you look at it, is a serious situation. However, because there are different degrees of murder, it is important to understand what this means in terms of criminal elements and potential consequences. This could also give a defendant a better perspective when it comes to understanding what evidence is used against them, how it was collected and how they could weaken the case against them by having evidence removed.

What is the three strikes law in Louisiana?


Louisiana residents who are facing serious criminal charges can feel overwhelmed. A serious charge such as murder can change a life forever. In Louisiana, like many other states in the United States, there is a three-strike law for those who have been convicted of a violent felony like murder or manslaughter.

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