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Woman accused of DUI after fatal accident

If you are accused of a DUI or DWI offense, it is imperative that you take action in your defense as quickly as possible. If you do not act quickly, you could have your driving privileges revoked in just over two weeks' time. Of course, if you are convicted of a drunk driving charge, suspension of your driving privileges could be the least of your worries. The simple addition of drunk driving charges can turn any crime into a serious legal issue that could affect your whole life.

When consensual sex can still be considered rape

In most cases of sexual assault and rape, the concept of the crime is pretty straightforward. If at any point one of the parties refuses or expresses a desire not to engage in any sexual acts, then the sexual act becomes rape. As long as sex is consensual and both parties are willing to have sexual relations with one another, then it is not rape. You would not think that there would be shades of gray to the spectrum of rape, but there is.

Legal defense for white collar criminal charges

While they may not feature as prominently in movies and televisions shows and even the media, white collar crimes can still be serious crimes with steep legal consequences. Reports of murder and drug charges continue to filter through news outlets and into the living rooms of the average American, yet hundreds of people who face fraud charges, may not realize that a conviction will bring with it hefty fines and legal penalties. If you are accused of fraud, you cannot afford to waste any time taking legal action in your defense.

Judges sets date for Suge Knight trial

Louisiana music fans may be interested to know that on April 30, a judge in Los Angeles set the date for the trial of Marion 'Suge" Knight, the founder of Death Row Records. The rap industry mogul has been accused of hitting two men in the parking lot of a Compton burger stand. One of the men suffered severe injuries, and the other died.

During his hearing on April 30, Knight pleaded not-guilty on all charges, and his attorney claimed that the man injured in the accident did not conclusively identify him as the person who ran him over. The injured man gave an account to the local police, but he did not say directly that Knight ran him over. He also said that he had started an altercation with Knight. A surveillance video allegedly shows Knight's truck hitting the man twice before striking another person, who died as a result of the injuries sustained.

2 teens charged for murder of father and son

On April 26, law enforcement officials in Louisiana announced that two teens were being charged for the murder of a father and his son. A 17-year-old boy is accused of shooting the alleged victims at their home, and an 18-year-old woman is accused of driving the getaway car after the incident.

The alleged homicide occurred in the Metairie section of New Orleans on April 22. According to police, the accused boy brought a shotgun with him when he entered an unlocked side door at the victims' residence. He allegedly stole several items from the victims' home and shot the 56-year-old father and his 25-year-old son. While this was going on, the accused woman allegedly circled the block in an SUV that had been reported stolen earlier that day.

Deputy shot after alleged argument

A deputy suffered several gunshot wounds in what officials are calling an "ambush" after an argument with a driver in Paradis, Louisiana. The deputy was directing traffic in a school zone when a 58-year-old Mississippi man allegedly began to argue with him over the deputy's refusal to stop other vehicles to allow the driver to make a turn.

The driver apparently left the area after the confrontation but then returned a short time later and summoned the law enforcement officer over to his vehicle. At that point, the deputy noticed that the driver had a gun on the dashboard of his car and drew his own weapon while commanding the driver to show his hands. At that point, the driver allegedly held the gun out the window with his left hand and began firing a second gun with his right.

Man pleads guilty to murder charges in death of Louisiana woman

A 19-year-old man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, bringing to a close a case involving the death of an 18-year-old Louisiana woman. The 18-year-old woman was living in Louisiana with her Air Force husband at the time of her death, which occurred in New York. The woman's body was found near a bridge in Rockville Center.

The murder charges stem from the woman's death in 2013 when she was visiting her mother in Long Island. After being arrested and charged with murder, the 19-year-old man pleaded guilty in April 2015 in connection with her death, admitting guilt in involvement with her death. The young man had spoken to a TV news crew the day before he arrested when he stated that he was part of a group that was with the young woman on the night of her death, but further details of the incident were not mentioned in the latest reports.

9 Louisiana men charged in federal methamphetamine bust

According to recent reports, a federal investigation resulted in the largest seizure of methamphetamine ever conducted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's deputies participated in serving the federal search warrants against nine men, who were later indicted by a federal grand jury.

During the searches, officers discovered 9 kg of methamphetamine, according to reports. The value of the drugs was estimated at $1 million. Additionally, authorities confiscated 8 lbs. of marijuana and a number of firearms, including an AR-15 assault rifle.

Louisiana man facing murder charge

A 34-year-old man was indicted for a murder charge on April 13. A grand jury in Bossier Parish indicted the Shreveport man for the murder of a 33-year-old woman from Haughton. The woman's dead body was discovered in a truck that was parked in a Haughton pasture on March 15.

According to reports, sheriff's deputies found the deceased woman's body inside of a maroon 2014 Ford F-250 truck. Sheriff's deputies had arrived at the pasture near Highway 157 after receiving a call about the vehicle. Although the Bossier Parish Coroner did not immediately report the cause of death, investigators say the woman had been shot one time. The truck was reported to be a stolen vehicle from Mississippi.

Man convicted of killing roommate

On April 9, a jury in Louisiana found a man guilty of second-degree murder after deliberating for less than two hours. As a result of the Livingston Parish jury's decision, the 25-year-old accused man now faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

An incident on May 10, 2014, led to the man receiving a murder charge. According to the prosecution, the accused man shot and killed a 29-year-old man at a residence on Spur Road. At the time, the two men lived in the home together, and witnesses say that the accused man became enraged after he was instructed to move out. The alleged victim died after he was shot once in the chest.

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