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Why am I charged with intent to distribute?

In the state of Louisiana, as in the rest of the US, if you are found with drugs on your person or in your control, such as in your car or home, and it can be proved that you are aware of their presence there, you can be charged with possession of a narcotic. However, this may have happened to you or someone you are close to, and they were charged with possession with intent to distribute. You may be wondering why, and what tips law enforcement off to the intentions of a stranger.

When to worry about capital punishment

The death penalty is the harshest sentence a court can hand you. After all, once your life is gone, there is nothing more they can take from you. While most of the US does not allow for capital punishment and sentences of death, Louisiana does. The decision to pursue execution as a punishment is reserved for specific types of charges and, outside of homicide, the only other crime for which it could be a punishment is treason.

When you are facing homicide charges, your first thought may be regarding your future should you be found guilty. If that is the case, it would help to know the types of homicide crimes that are punishable b a death sentence. The method is lethal injection and it is only employed upon some findings of murders that involved:

What rights do you have in police custody?

If you have been arrested on criminal charges, you may have serious concerns regarding how to handle yourself, whether or not to be cooperative and when to demand a lawyer. After all, if the officers like you and find you to be totally cooperative, wouldn't that work in your favor more than ostensibly shutting them out and letting them get aggressive in their quest for a confession?

Louisiana police chief faces a civil suit for sexual accusations

When it comes to accusations, there isn't anyone who is immune to allegations and the investigation that follows them. Early June saw the start to a civil lawsuit against a former Louisiana chief of police for allegations of an assault of a sexual nature toward a drunken woman. The woman now is pursuing damages in a federal trial, stating the sexual assault was initiated by the on-duty police chief inside a small town police station in Sorrento, Louisiana. She claims he forced her to perform certain sexual acts.

More than one dozen Memorial weekend deaths on Louisiana roads

Memorial Day means a long weekend. Ideally, it means a chance to relax and spend time with family, soak up the sunshine and remember those that have laid their lives down for the freedoms we appreciate daily. However, this Memorial day weekend also meant an increase in traffic on Louisiana roads and an increase in fatal car accidents.

Is forgery a federal offense?

Many actions classify as forgery and you may not realize you are committing forgery or anything as serious as a white collar crime. If you are responsible for creating, altering or completing a transaction using writing to represent something it is not and in an effort to gain something through the false representation, you are likely guilty of forgery.

Drug diversion programs may save you from prosecution

Second chances can be hard to come by. Particularly when the first chance resulted in criminal activity involving drug abuse. However, a record with a drug conviction on it spells disaster for your possibility of ever being given a first chance by anyone looking at your background moving forward. In a case where you acknowledge that the charges brought against you are justified, there may be an option to rid you of prosecution and the far-reaching stigma of a criminal history.

Shedding some light on a voluntary manslaughter charge

While the attention may be disarming, the silence and the feeling that you are forgotten may be the most frightening. This is when it helps to know as much as possible about what you are charged with and also understand a few defenses that may be applicable in your case.

Voluntary manslaughter is a classification of charge intended for someone who does not necessarily have the mind of a killer, but was caught up in a moment of such emotional intensity that the person was driven to commit such an act that took someone's life. A prosecutor will need to show provocation, the immediate intent to kill and also that what you then did resulted in the death of the victim.

Statutes for violent crimes in Louisiana

A statute of limitations is a time limit by which legal action must be taken for a particular incident. Civil and criminal cases have different statutes, and within these different categories, there are additional statutes depending on the severity of the crime or the infraction. Violent crimes are among the most serious types of criminal acts recognized by the law, so it should come as no surprise that the statutes are rather lengthy for more serious or homicide crimes.

In Louisiana, the criminal statutes are very specific regarding length. The statute depends on the punishment for a crime, but when dealing with homicide and other such violent crimes, there are three classifications that are likely to apply:

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