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What is the difference between homicide and murder?

If you are familiar with law enforcement or criminal activity, you have likely heard the term "homicide" at some point. Some people have only a minimal understanding of homicide, with little more than the knowledge that it involves the killing of other people. Of course, nearly everyone is familiar with murder, which also involves the killing of another person. So you may wonder if the two are different ways of saying the same thing, or if they are two different things entirely.

Homicide and murder have similar, yet distinct, legal definitions. Specifically, all murders are homicides, but not all homicides are murders. Murder refers to an instance in which a person knowingly and willfully kills another human being, either with premeditated intent or extreme passion in the moment. Homicide is a much broader term, referring to any instance in which a life was taken due to criminally negligent or reckless behavior.

What is LA's statute of limitations for underage sex crimes?

Statutes of limitations are extremely important because they often affect a person's ability to file a claim or charge another individual with a crime. Of course, this also means that those who are accused of a crime should be aware of the statute of limitations for the said crime because they may not even have to worry about defending themselves. Different crimes have different statutes of limitations depending on the state, so it can be difficult to keep track of all the different statutes.

The broad definition of white-collar crime

White collar crime is a term that refers not to a specific crime, but more to a variety of crimes that are all unified by a specific theme: theft or unlawful possession of money that was obtained in a deceitful manner, usually from a corporation or entity. Some of the more commonly known types of white-collar crime are: fraud, embezzlement, money laundering and tax evasion.

Substances are not required for drug charges

There are many serious crimes that are punishable under Louisiana law, and many drug offenses rank among the most severe. Being convicted of possession of certain controlled substances, particularly dangerous ones like cocaine, can see you put away for years. Many people feel that they do not need to worry about drug charges because they do not possess and have never possessed any kind of illegal drug.

Sex crimes can be more complex than you think

The problem with sex crimes in most instances is that few people truly give credit to just how ambiguous many sex crimes are, as well as how difficult it can sometimes be to prove one side of the story over the other. Many people treat sex crimes as though they are black and white: no means no, therefore if you always make sure that sex is consensual, you will not be committing a crime. But what about statutory rape, in which a person says yes, but is not legally allowed to give consent, and therefore you have committed rape.

Take drunk driving accusations seriously

Drunk driving is a serious criminal charge that can lead to many legal penalties, and depending on the circumstances, you could face multiple charges in addition to a DUI. Obviously, a DUI is a serious offense that can change your life, with hundreds of dollars in fines and possible license suspension, but if you are involved in an accident and the courts determine that you were intoxicated, you could be tried for other criminal acts such as manslaughter.

What are Louisiana's penalties for drunk driving?

When it comes to drunk driving, the law does not take matters lightly. To some, choosing to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated is only a few steps away from opening fire with a gun in a crowded area. This is because motor vehicles are extremely dangerous and capable of causing catastrophic injury and even fatalities to other drivers on the road. That is why you should always take your legal defense seriously if you are accused of drunk driving.

There is more to a homicide case than just the trial

If you have been accused of murder or homicide in Louisiana, there is undoubtedly a great deal on your mind, not the least of which is how you will defend yourself legally against the charges. Especially if the evidence is stacked against you, you will need strong legal representation to help you build a solid case in your defense. However, there is more to legal representation than building a defense case or gathering evidence and alibis.

While it is extremely important to handle the case inside the courtroom, it is equally important to exert some measure of damage control outside of it. Public perception can have a great deal of influence on a case, and even if it does not affect the case, it could affect your life moving forward. Many men and women have been found innocent of crimes by a court of law, only to be ridiculed and treated as pariahs in society for years after the crime.

Sex crimes are not as simple as you may think

When it comes to sex crimes, you might be amazed at how many acts are illegal in the eyes of the law. For most, a sex crime is when one person forces unwanted sexual contact on to another person; we often hear the phrase "no means no." While this is undeniably true, this act specifically refers only to a sexual assault, and depending on the circumstances, there could be even more charges. For example, if the unwanted contact extended to penetration, rape accusations could be placed on the accused as well.

Louisiana sobriety checkpoint results in two arrests

The holidays are here, and while it is a happy time of year for most in the United States, it is also a time for the authorities to ensure that people do not get too carried away with their festivities. With so many citizens reconnecting with friends and family, it is not unlikely for a few people to have a bit too much to drink. This is why Louisiana police established a checkpoint before the holidays in an effort to ensure that drivers were remaining safe on the road.

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