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Man faces attempted first-degree murder charges in Baton Rouge

Being charged with a serious crime can affect every aspect of your life. When the charge is murder, though, the penalties are some of the most severe. It's important for people to remember that when charges are filed against someone, it does automatically mean the defendant is guilty. The media, however, is quick to judge early on, often making it difficult for a defendant to receive a fair trial.

According to the news, an 18-year-old man has been charged with five counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting at two Baton Rouge Police officers at around 9:30 p.m. on April 16. The man was arrested following the incident. He was allegedly shooting at the police because they were trying to execute a narcotics search warrant at the home located on North 36th Street.

Louisiana man charged with raping girls in caregiver’s home

No offense may set off a more negative response in society than a crime against a child. The media often reflects public sentiment when reporting alleged child sexual abuse cases and prosecutions are aggressive. Consequently, East Baton Rouge defendants accused of sex crimes can suffer profound damage to their personal and professional lives.

Charges of sexual battery of a victim under the age of 13 and aggravated rape were brought against a New Orleans resident. The 39-year-old man allegedly assaulted two girls, ages 6 and 8, in the children's home. The girls' caregiver called police after she suspected the children were attacked.

Baton Rouge gang members indicted for murder and other crimes

If you're have been charged for crimes like homicide or murder, you have every right to defend yourself. Without a strong defense and an experienced legal representative by your side, a murder charge could force you to spend decades in prison. Your situation may mimic this one, which involves people allegedly in a gang who have now been indicted for drugs, racketeering and murder.

The April 11 report states that over 24 people were arrested in the East Baton Rouge Parish because they had been associated with a Gardere-area gang. That gang has allegedly been connected to drug possession, attempted murder, racketeering and other crimes. On April 9, 28 people were indicted on charges by the grand jury.

Forfeiture request filed against former Louisiana mayor Nagin

In addition to traditional punishments like fines and imprisonment following a criminal conviction, some Baton Rouge, Louisiana, defendants suffer the added penalty of asset forfeiture. A government may confiscate what it feels are ill-gotten gains with a "preponderance of the evidence." This is a lower standard of proof than "beyond a reasonable doubt," making it easier for the government to lay claim to a defendant's property.

Ex-New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin has had a difficult year. The former city official was convicted of 16 counts of money laundering, fraud and bribery in February, plus four counts of intentionally filing false tax returns. Now, the federal government wants Nagin's assets that it believes were attached to corruption.

Teacher put in Louisiana detention center for alleged sex crime

Sex offenses are taken seriously by the law, even years after the offenses allegedly took place. Hearsay and degrading or circumstantial evidence may not be enough to convict an alleged criminal, though, and it shouldn't be enough. According to an April 7 report, a 64-year-old man is facing a case where he's accused of molesting a student. However, the allegation claims that the now-40-year-old woman had been receiving this unwanted attention starting at around age 8.

You may be wondering why she took so long to say anything, and you aren't the only one. According to the report, she claims that the 64-year-old progressed into abusing her sexually at his home in Pierre Part. Up until 2005, the law had stated that a person could report a crime for up to 10 years following their 18th birthday. That has now been extended to up to 30 years, which may be why the woman is trying to claim the abuse now. Still, it does seem like a long time to wait to turn to the court system.

Teen was alleged murderer at East Baton Rouge Parish party

The New York Times reported in January that U.S. Supreme Court rulings have not eased punishments for many juveniles imprisoned for serious offenses. A 2005 ruling banned death penalty sentences for juveniles. Five years later, the high court outlawed juvenile life imprisonment for crimes other than murder and, in 2012, ordered judges to review cases circumstances before ordering life sentences for juveniles convicted of murder.

Police are trying to learn what touched off the gunfire that injured four and killed three teens. There were fights among some of the guests in advance of the shootings at an East Baton Rouge Parish birthday party. Reports said there was no clear link between victims and the defendant or other possible shooters.

Overcharging leads to fraud charges in Louisiana

Being accused of a crime that can be charged at the federal level can leave you looking at jail time or long prison sentences. In those cases, your best bet may be to seek a defense against the allegations, like these people may want to. According to the Louisiana State Police, a white collar crime involving a restaurant fraud scheme may have been targeting students at the Louisiana State University's Student Union.

The reports from March 27 show that this fraud could have gone back several years. Four people have been arrested in relation to the crimes. According to the investigation, cashiers and managers had allegedly been overcharging students on their school-issued debit cards, and then they kept the difference. On top of that, the records kept were falsified to cover up any sign of the illegal transactions.

Man claims fatal East Baton Rouge shooting was accidental

Spouses and significant others are often the first ones looked at by law enforcement when a death occurs, especially if there are no third-party witnesses to the event. Pressure by law enforcement can be brutal and often results in changed stories and false confessions. Murder charges can have life-altering consequences, making it critically important that anyone accused of such a crime has legal representation who is focused on fighting for his or her rights.

A 30-year-old East Baton Rouge woman was shot in the early morning hours of March 24, 2014, while her young son was also in the house. Her 32-year-old boyfriend called for emergency medical assistance, and she was transported to the hospital. The woman later died from injuries sustained from a gunshot to the head.

6 people arrested on drug charges in Baton Rouge

Recently, six people were arrested when they were found in possession of synthetic marijuana in Baton Rouge, according to police. These drug offenses could lead to jail time or other fines or punishments for the people involved. It's important that a strong defense is presented. The advice of a Louisiana attorney could be beneficial to those facing similar charges.

According to the March 21 news, the police had two search warrants for the drug search. After the raid, six people were arrested. Four are facing charges of drug possession with the intent to sell. The two other people were charged with possession, according to reports.

24-year-old convicted of 3 murders in Baton Rouge

When someone is charged with murder, it's likely that the media will follow the case closely. This could present a problem, as it could be very difficult to get a fair trial. Criminal defense attorneys work diligently to ensure their clients receive a fair and unbiased trial, even in cases that are closely followed by the media. In this murder case in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the media has followed the story for months, if not years at this point. Now, a decision has been made.

According to the news from Feb. 27, a man in Baton Rouge was charged with the murders of three women. The murders happened in 2011. The story claims that the 24-year-old man, who is mildly mentally retarded, had shot his ex-girlfriend, a 29-year-old woman, as well as a 76-year-old woman and 18-year-old woman who were with the ex-girlfriend.

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