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May 2017 Archives

Traffic stop results in firearm and drug charges

A Louisiana man was pulled over by deputies on May 17 for failing to come to a complete stop at an intersection and turning without using a signal. Law enforcement officials ended up searching the man's vehicle and claim to have found drugs inside. This led to a home search and, ultimately, the man's arrest on firearm and drug charges.

Louisiana drunk driving: The HGN test -- what is the purpose?

Many question whether field sobriety tests that are used to check drivers for impairment are accurate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration believes that they are accurate enough to continue using them. Does that mean that those in Louisiana who are charged with drunk driving cannot fight the results of such tests? No.

Louisiana criminal defense: Criminal justice reform coming

As it currently stands, Louisiana has the highest prison population in the country. This is something that the state is trying to remedy, however. Several bills are currently being reviewed that would change several things about the criminal justice system and even save the state millions of dollars over the next decade. While, if passed, it is meant to help those accused of crimes going forward, those currently serving prison sentences may be able to seek early release with the assistance of a criminal defense attorney.

Louisiana drunk driving: What is the walk-and-turn test?

In a previous post, this column addressed one of the several standardized field sobriety tests used in Louisiana, the one-leg stand test. This week's post will go over another test that is commonly used on those suspected of drunk driving, the walk and turn. Why is it used and is it an accurate measurement of impairment?

Louisiana criminal defense: Burglary, what is is exactly?

There are a lot of people that think of burglary, theft and robbery as the same thing, but they are not. Theft and robbery refer to the actual taking of something that belongs to someone else, with or without force. Burglary, on the other hand, refers to unlawful entry into a property with intent to commit any sort of crime. In Louisiana, burglary is a felony offense, and as such, a person charged with this crime would likely benefit from the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help fight his or her case in court.

A full and fair recovery for spinal cord injury victims

Car accidents can cause serious, catastrophic damage, and the moments of a car crash can change a person's life forever. One of the ways that this can happen for a motor vehicle accident victim is if he or she experiences a spinal cord injury in a crash. There are various types of spinal cord injuries, but they are all very serious and can have permanent consequences.

Louisiana vehicular assault or homicide: Arrest made after crash

Striking a pedestrian with one's car would be a jarring event for anybody. Sadly, in many cases, the pedestrians do not survive. Depending on the outcome and the circumstances surrounding an accident like this, according to Louisiana laws one may be charged with vehicular assault or homicide.

Louisiana drunk driving: What is the one-leg stand test?

Louisiana residents who have been pulled over for suspected impairment may be asked to perform field sobriety tests. One such test is called the one-leg stand test. While this is considered to be a good way for police officers to test for drunk driving, it is not without its faults.

Louisiana criminal defense: What is a diversion program?

In Louisiana and elsewhere, alternative sentencing is possible for those who commit certain crimes. The diversion program offers treatment and rehabilitation rather than punishment. One's criminal defense attorney can pursue this option if the situation meets the necessary qualifications.