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Man says contractor's fraud cost him his home

Contractors in Baton Rouge have a difficult job. It can be hard to please their clients, and many customers have unreasonable expectations. Allegations of fraud happen frequently. Contractors are generally skilled people who know how to help their customers with their building needs. But, occasionally a customer does not receive what they think they should, and a contractor finds themselves in a legal battle.

A Baton Rouge man says he had to sell his home because a contractor allegedly defrauded him of almost $70,000. The man hired the contractor to repair his flooded home located on Elva Drive. The man paid the contractor $69,000, and the contractor did replace sheetrock. The contractor allegedly did not finish the work in the house, which included installing cabinets. The man said he had to sell his home because he could not afford to hire another contractor to complete the job. The contractor was arrested for residential contractor fraud, theft of assets from an aged person and misapplication of payment.

What happens if you refuse a breath test during a DWI stop?

Most Louisiana residents know how dangerous it is to drive after they have been drinking. The State of Louisiana takes drunk driving very seriously, and those who are convicted can face serious penalties. But what happens if a driver refuses to take a breath test?

When a driver is pulled over on suspicion of drinking and driving, the officer conducts various tests to see if the driver is under the influence. The law in Louisiana requires a driver to take a breath, blood or urine test. If an officer makes a legal traffic stop of someone they suspect has been drinking, the driver has given implied consent to such a test. The officer will read the driver an implied consent warning which will let the driver know all of the possible consequences of not taking a breath, blood, or urine blood alcohol test.

We are experienced attorneys for when you are facing a DWI charge

Baton Rouge area residents know that driving after they have been drinking may not be a good idea. The consequences of a DUI conviction are serious. Those who are facing a DWI need to speak with an experienced attorney to help them with their legal situation.

The State of Louisiana takes drunk driving seriously. This is a crime that neither the public nor law enforcement tolerates, which is why the penalties are so severe. For example, when a person is arrested for a DWI, they have just 15 days to request an administrative hearing. If this hearing is not requested, the defendant will have their driver's license suspended.

Man charged with murder of New Orleans rapper

Murder is a very serious crime in Louisiana. Someone who is facing a murder charge knows how serious a crime this is and how it is not tolerated by the public or law enforcement. A crime of such magnitude can affect a defendant's life forever.

This past April, an up-and-coming rapper by the name of BTY Young'N was shot at a gas station in New Orleans. Police found the victim lying on the ground near the gas pump, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. This past week, police identified a suspect and say that they will charge him with second-degree murder as soon as he is located. The suspect previously pled guilty in a state racketeering case.

Contractor arrested for misusing money for job

Facing accusations of serious crimes such as fraud can be an extremely stressful situation. It is important to remember, however, that no matter the situation, seeking proper representation can help those in such situations move forward with a solid plan of legal action.

An elderly Baton Rouge resident is accusing a contractor of taking money from him and not doing the work. The man had hired the contractor to replace his windows and do some kitchen cabinet work. The man says the contractor allegedly did not have any of the work done and the contractor removed the kitchen cabinet doors and has not returned them. When the man asked the contractor about the work that was not completed, the contractor said he spent the money elsewhere. The contractor was arrested and is facing charges of misapplication of payments and theft of assets from an aged person.

What are the consequences for multiple DWIs in Louisiana?

Most Louisiana residents know how dangerous it is to drive after drinking. But everyone makes mistakes, and occasionally, law enforcement does not follow proper procedure and thus arrests someone for a DWI without foundation. However, with respect to those who make a mistake, when a person is arrested for a second or third DWI, the penalties can be much more serious.

When a person is arrested for a second DWI they can receive a license suspension of a year, mandatory alcohol treatment and education, fines up to $1,000 and prison time of up to 6 months. An ignition interlock system may also be required to be installed. If a driver's blood alcohol content is .20 or more, the driver will face a $1,000 fine and a 4 year license suspension along with 3 years of an ignition interlock device being installed. A third offense is a felony and will bring fines of more than $2,000 and prison time of up to 5 years. The driver's vehicle may also be seized and sold at an auction. Thirty days of community service is also required along with up to 4 months of alcohol treatment. An ignition interlock system will also be required to be installed. Four or more DWI offenses bring fines of more than $5,000, up to 30 years in jail, house arrest for at least a year, vehicle seizure, alcohol treatment program and more penalties.

An underage drunk driving conviction can change a life forever

Everyone knows that kids make stupid mistakes. It's been proven that a person's brain isn't fully developed until they are well into their 20s. With this in mind, it can be understandable that teenagers can make bad choices, including driving after they have been drinking. But the punishment that a teen can face for a DWI in Louisiana can affect them for the rest of their lives.

The State of Louisiana does not tolerate underage drinking and driving. Louisiana Revised Statute 14.98.6 defines the crime of "underage operating while intoxicated" to include situation in which a driver who is under the age of 21 has a BAC between .02 and .08. If the minor has a BAC above .08, they will be charged as an adult. They would also be charged as an adult if they refuse a BAC test. Generally a first offense will mean fines and jail time for the offender, but a person can also get community service instead of jail time in some situations. They may also be required to go to a driver improvement school, have their license suspended, and enter a substance abuse program.

Man arrested for DWI allegedly tries to bite officer

Baton Rouge residents know how dangerous it is to drive after they have been drinking. A DWI is a serious offense in Louisiana. But, occasionally, a driver makes a mistake or there are mistakes that are made by law enforcement.

A man was recently arrested in Baton Rouge for a DWI. The man was found in the middle of Jennifer Jean Drive where he appeared to be agitated. An officer tried to restrain him, and that's when he allegedly tried to bite the officer. When the defendant was led to the officer's car, he bit the officer on the leg and reportedly continued to be belligerent once in the car. The man was charged with a DWI, resisting an officer, battery of a police officer and various other charges.

Facing drug charges? You may need an attorney on your side

Drug crimes in Louisiana are aggressively prosecuted. When a person has been arrested for a drug crime, such as possession, trafficking, distribution or manufacturing, they can be facing a tough court battle. Those who are arrested for drug offenses need a legal professional on their side to represent their interests.

If a person is convicted of a drug crime in Louisiana, they can be facing serious penalties. For example, possession of cocaine, one of Louisiana's most trafficked drugs, can lead to fines of up to $600,000 and 60 years of prison. Penalties are based on whether a person has previous drug convictions and the quantity of drugs that is involved. In addition, a person can lose their student loans, job or even driver's license,.

Drug dispute leads to 5 arrests in Baker

Drug offenses are getting a lot of attention in Louisiana lately. With the rise of prescription painkillers, heroin and other opiod abuse, law enforcement has spent a lot of time cracking down on those engaged in drug activities. Drug offenses in Louisiana can carry serious penalties, including jail time.

Recently, five people were arrested in Baker for drug charges. Police were called to an active shooting on Landry Drive. The alleged suspects fled the scene but were later arrested in the Rileyville area of Clinton, with one other being arrested at his grandmother's house in Ethel. One person in the group was disputing another about not receiving marijuana that he said he had paid for. He and his brother, cousin, and friend confronted the person who was supposed to be giving him the marijuana, and a fight ensued. After the fight, the brother shot several rounds into the crowd. The suspects are now facing charges including criminal mischief, illegal discharge of a weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia and attempted 1st degree murder.

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