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Criminal defense: 10 charged in fraternity hazing death

The fraternity Phi Delta Theta closed its chapter at Louisiana State University after the recent death of one of its pledge members. Ten students were arrested on charges related to the young man's death. Police report that all ten suspects voluntarily turned themselves in, and it is likely that they have begun criminal defense preparations.

Early criminal defense plans essential for DUI charges

Few criminal charges have the same real-world impact as those for drunk driving. Even first time offenders can face jail time, fines and the loss of their driving privileges. When faced with allegations of driving under the influence in Louisiana, it is incredibly important to begin considering all possible criminal defense options as early on as possible.

Criminal defense needs differs for misdemeanor and felony DWIs

Drunk driving charges tend to get lumped into one, broad category that many people in Louisiana perceive as the same thing. While the differences between misdemeanor and felony DWI charges can sometimes -- although not always -- be subtle, the consequences can vary greatly. Felonies typically carry harsher penalties if convicted and usually require a different criminal defense approach. These are just a few situations that sometimes lead to felony drunk driving charges.

Criminal defense may include questioning validity of evidence

Criminal investigations may take years to complete, and even then police may find no resolution. When the case involves a murder, investigators may feel especially driven to make an arrest and bring closure to family members and loved ones of the victim. While the evidence against someone accused of such crimes may seem foolproof, a strong criminal defense may certainly bring some doubt upon the validity of that evidence.

Many changes to Louisiana laws including for criminal defense

There are many new laws coming to Louisiana this month. In fact, a recent report suggests that there are over 200 changes being made to the state's laws. Many of these could affect those who have been accused of a crime and must present a criminal defense.

Criminal defense: Police say Louisiana man fled after shooting

A Louisiana school was in lockdown recently after an incident that occurred on a hot summer morning. The event that led to the school being placed on the heightened security level occurred at a nearby Burger King. The lockdown was lifted after police ended their search. The suspect remained at large, though he will likely face charges when caught. A criminal defense counsel will ultimately help the man defend against any formal charges. 

Drug charges can lead to loss of property in Louisiana

It is not only one's freedom that can be lost as a result of a criminal conviction in Louisiana and elsewhere. In fact, authorities can sue for personal property if that property was used in situations that led to drug charges. This is what happened recently to some folks in the state.

Criminal defense: Prescription drugs and driving don't always mix

The DUI charge against Tiger Woods has made national headlines for two reasons: his celebrity and the reason behind his impairment. Mr. Woods is said to have been impaired by prescription drugs while driving. He was found asleep at his wheel while parked on the side of a six lane highway. While this incident occurred in another state, Louisiana residents who are found operating their vehicles while under the influence of legally or illegally obtained prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications may end up needing assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney to help them fight their cases in court.

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 criminal defense: Burglary, what 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.