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Important DUI defense for Louisiana residents

There are many traffic and car violations that an individual could find himself or herself involved in, from speeding to running a red light and anywhere in between. These violations are obviously issues that an individual would like to avoid, but they are not the most serious offenses. Being pulled over for a DUI, however, is a serious criminal offense that can have life-altering ramifications.

Marijuana in Louisiana

If you are accused of any type of crime involving marijuana, it is imperative that you take legal action in your defense as soon as possible. This is because Louisiana has extremely strict laws regarding marijuana, arguably among the strictest throughout the entire United States. It can be a difficult drug to tackle from a social perspective, as public opinion is extremely diverse; marijuana is even legal in some states. But while there may be social ambiguity regarding marijuana, there is absolutely no legal ambiguity.

Nearly 40 people charged with drug crimes in Louisiana

Louisiana has made national headlines recently thanks to a recently unsealed federal indictment that exposes the results of an extensive investigation into a drug trafficking operation that is allegedly operating out of Baton Rouge. Nearly 40 people have been charged with various drug crimes, ranging from possession to distribution to trafficking and everywhere in between. The charges are made even more dangerous by the amount of firearms seized during the arrest.

Louisiana teenager claims she was raped

A recent incident in Louisiana has some shocked after a young girl claimed she was raped near a bus stop. The police claim that the little girl ran to the nearest house after the incident and started pounding on the door, screaming and claiming that she was raped. The residents who lived inside the house brought the girl in and informed the authorities. They also gave testimony about the incident.

Legal defense for Louisiana white collar crimes

White collar crimes are so named because they involve "white collar" employees who work in executive positions or are employed by large corporations. Most white collar crimes such as fraud or embezzlement involve accusations of an individual wrongfully acquiring large amounts of money from a particular party. Because the amount of money taken is often so high, the legal penalties of being convicted of a white collar crime are also extremely high, often leading to hefty fines and jail time.

Legal aid is crucial for complex sex crime accusations

There are many different types of sex crimes, and they come with varying degrees of legal penalty. The one thing that they all have in common is the social stigma and implication of simply being accused. In Louisiana, just like the rest of the country, a person is innocent until proven guilty in the eyes of the law. Unfortunately, when it comes to sex crimes, it can seem like someone is guilty until proven innocent in the eyes of the people.

What is the difference between first- and second-degree murder?

The death of another human being is always a serious matter, whether the death was accidental or on purpose, whether the victim was killed by a machine malfunction or a bullet. Understandably, the law treats fatalities very seriously, but it may surprise you to learn that there are different degrees of fatality in the eyes of the law. If you are charged with murdering someone, it is important to know exactly which crime you are accused of.

There is no way in which a homicide conviction will not be serious, but depending on the crime of which you are accused, the penalties could be significantly less than expected. Even if there is absolutely no way you can avoid being convicted of killing another individual, you can have a charge reduced from first-degree murder to second-degree murder, resulting in significantly reduced legal penalties. 

Louisiana residents killed by violent crime

Recently in New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding area, a number of different violent crimes occurred, some of which involved fatalities. One incident involved a victim discovered inside of a car, killed from multiple gunshot wounds. Another incident involved four young men who were shot from an assailant inside a vehicle. One of the victims was hospitalized, but did not survive the shooting.

Violent crimes such as homicide are a danger to all, but those who live in large cities are perhaps at a greater risk of being the victims of a violent crime simply due to the population density of such metropolises. Unfortunately, where there is a higher risk of violent crime, there is also a higher risk of being wrongfully accused. Simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time can have serious legal ramifications. If you are accused of murder or homicide, it is important that you take legal action in your defense.

Multiple Louisiana residents facing fraud charges

According to the Department of Justice, the New Orleans area is a hotbed for multimillion fraud crimes, with nearly a dozen Louisiana residents in the area facing charges. The allegations are in connection with more than $100 million in fraudulent Medicare claims coming from a variety of sources. One such charge involves three individuals who submitted more than $33 million in home health care services claims, most of which investigators believe are fraudulent.

Louisiana ranks highly for DWI enforcement

There is no state in which drunk driving is legal or even looked upon favorably. However, that does not mean that drunk driving is treated equally in every state. Different states have different rules and regulations when it comes to drunk driving, including what the legal BAC limit is, the penalties of a drunk driving conviction and more. According to a recent study, Louisiana is one of the stricter states when it comes to drunk driving.

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