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Environmental crimes: Defending yourself in Louisiana

Have you been accused of a Louisiana environmental crime such as dumping trash into a lake? These kinds of charges can get you into a lot of trouble with the government as well as with local and national environment protection agencies. You may not have done anything wrong, but if the media gets a hold of the story, your reputation could be on the line. It's important to seek a defense immediately, or something that is a small misunderstanding could be blown up into major news.

It's important that you're not fined or reprimanded for situations that aren't your fault. If you've been accused of environmental violations like illegal toxic waste dumping, groundwater intrusion issues, the improper storage of hazardous chemicals, transporting hazardous materials improperly or improperly cleaning up an oil field, you need to know that you have someone on your side willing to get the entire story.

What defenses are effective for second-degree murder?

A Baton Rouge defendant may agree to plead guilty or no contest, an acceptance of punishment but not blame, to criminal charges. Without one of these pleas, prosecutors are forced to prove beyond a jury's reasonable doubt that an illegal act was committed.

All criminal convictions carry consequences, but penalties are most severe for murder. Second-degree murder, under Louisiana law, is a death caused by an individual with the intent to inflict great bodily harm or kill. Punishment for second-degree murder is a lifetime prison sentence with no chance of parole.

Drug trafficking charges: Your right to innocence in Louisiana

Have you been accused of dealing or smuggling drugs in Louisiana? Your alleged crime shouldn't be used to make you feel like you have to answer police when they ask you questions or that you're already assumed guilty when you're not. You have a right to have your lawyer present and to defend yourself. You need to know when to answer the questions you're asked and when to decline to comment.

Before you speak with police, you should understand the potential repercussions you could face for drug use or drug trafficking. There are several kinds of federal charges you could face as well as state charges. Whether you're a student or a repeat offender, it's important that you don't forget that you have rights, even when you're being accused of a crime. You don't have to plead guilty or try to argue with officers who don't agree with you.

Personal damage caused by Louisiana embezzlement charges

Baton Rouge grocery store clerks and financial officers for corporations have similar duties. Both have permission to handle the employer or customers' money. Embezzlement is a crime involving theft by a person entrusted with caring for property, whether that involves regularly pocketing a dollar or two out of a cash drawer or stealing thousands of dollars by falsifying business transactions.

In Louisiana, embezzlement is a white collar crime described as "misappropriation without violence." Embezzlement isn't bank robbery but, make no mistake, consequences for a conviction can be very severe. The same theft allegations can be prosecuted in state and federal courts.

What are the criminal tiers for sexual offenses in Louisiana?

According to the Louisiana State Police, there are several types of sex offenses you could be charged with. Sex offenses against minors is one. These offenses are considered to be criminal offenses against the victim under the age of 18. This does not include situations where the minor is the alleged offender's child. If you are convicted of a sex crime against a child, you will be classified as a child predator.

There are also other kinds of sex offense convictions you could face. For instance, a Tier I sex offender is any person who is convicted of committing or attempting to commit a sex offense listed here. Some include simple rape under subsection 3 of the law, sexual battery of a victim 18 or older, intentional exposure to AIDS, interference with child custody by someone other than a parent or incest. There are also several other offenses that fall under this category.

Stolen car report leads Louisiana deputies to huge drug crop

Illegal drug cultivation or manufacturing charges often include evidence of possession and drug-making ingredients, because charges may not be valid when one element is missing. A Louisiana defendant can be in possession of drugs with no intent to manufacture or distribute. Alternately, an individual may have equipment or products that might be used to grow or produce a drug with no intention of doing so.

Louisiana law enforcers recently found hundreds of marijuana plants growing in a wooded area near Tangipahoa. Sheriff's deputies said more than 300 plants, some exceeding seven feet in height, were discovered along with irrigation and plant drying equipment. Investigators stated there was some sort of nighttime security guard set up to protect the drug crop, estimated to be worth about $1 million, indicating the operation involved high-level distribution.

Louisiana: Murder capital of the United States

Being charged with murder is something that will forever change your life. You need to protect yourself and defend your reputation while you fight those charges. Unfortunately, Louisiana as a state has a poor reputation for violence that could play against you in court. Here are some statistics that you should know, because they may come up in the prosecutor's case against you.

Statistics aren't enough to convict you, of course, but they can be used to color a jury's opinion. Louisiana has reportedly been recognized as the murder capital of the United States. That, of course, does color some people's perspective of the state. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's crime report for 2012 showed that the southern American states are more violent than the rest of the country, with Louisiana having 10.8 murders and nonnegligent manslaughter cases per 100,000 people that year.

Baton Rouge business owner faces 62 fraud, theft counts

Consequences are not light for Louisiana defendants convicted of deceiving others for gain. A fraud conviction can generate criminal and civil penalties including long imprisonment, ruinous fines and restitution. White collar crimes may be prosecuted at a state or federal level.

A Baton Rouge business owner recently was arrested and charged with defrauding a Metairie bookkeeping client. The 40-year-old female defendant was accused of stealing more than half a million dollars from playground consultants Dyna-Play. The company used Accurate Bookkeeping Services, the defendant's company, for three years before financial discrepancies were noticed.

TV personality allegedly killed by son-in-law in Louisiana

This case involving a murder is unusual to say the least. The man who was killed by his son-in-law has a checkered past, and there is little information on why the son-in-law shot him before trying to kill himself. It's been suggested that the pair's relationship may have been the reason for the murder.

A Baton Rouge TV personality has allegedly had a sexual relationship with his son-in-law, the Iberville sheriff claims. The TV personality died recently after his son-in-law allegedly shot and killed him. The 52-year-old man was the host of the "Around Town" show on WAFB-TV in Louisiana.

Baton Rouge English teacher booked on teen sex crime charges

A charge of carnal knowledge of a juvenile, sometimes called statutory rape, can be a misdemeanor or a felony. The dividing line between the allegations is the difference in ages between the alleged victim and offender. According to Louisiana laws for minor sex offenses, the more serious felony occurs when a person 17 or older is at least four years older than a 13- to 16-year-old.

The parents of a student at Riverdale Christian Academy in Baton Rouge found sexually explicit texts on their son's phone. The 16-year-old told his parents, and later police, the messages had come from a high school English teacher. The teen and the 41-year-old female teacher allegedly also exchanged nude pictures.

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