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Carlos Henderson arrested on drug charges

National Football League fans usually expect to see athletes make headlines for impressive plays, but an NFL player recently made news when he was arrested. Carlos Henderson -- a wide receiver for the Broncos -- currently faces drug charges in Louisiana. The arrest came after a speed-related traffic stop.

A Louisiana officer spotted a vehicle that was allegedly traveling 84 mph on a stretch of I-20 where the posted speed limit was 60. Henderson was riding in the SUV as a passenger. During the stop, the officer claimed that he smelled marijuana in the vehicle, although Henderson and the driver both denied possessing any.

Injured in a motorcycle collision? Fight back

You've been itching to get out on the open road on your motorcycle. So, when you finally make it there, you feel as though you're in heaven. However, you see a car approach you without stopping, and suddenly, it strikes your bike and injures you. In a matter of seconds, your heavenly ride has turned into a hellacious ordeal.

The driver who struck you may have been behaving carelessly behind the wheel at the time of the accident. If his or her negligence caused you to suffer injuries in the motorcycle collision, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation.

Man accused of hunting illegally must focus on criminal defense

A Louisiana man is facing a slew of charges for allegedly violating state hunting laws. At last update he was still in police custody and may be facing thousands of dollars in fines and jail time for multiple violations, including hunting from a public road. As his case moves forward, he is likely focused on preparing his criminal defense.

State police apparently observed the 27-year-old man engaging in unlawful hunting behavior in the early hours of the morning on Dec. 26, 2017. They initiated a traffic stop and called Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for backup when they realized what had occurred. The driver allegedly admitted that he had killed two deer from his vehicle, and was arrested.

Criminal defense: 67-year-old man arrested for phishing scam

Most people are likely familiar with the "Nigerian prince" email scam, and Louisiana police claim they recently arrested one of the so-called princes. A Louisiana man is currently behind bars for allegedly engaging in the well-known email scam, and he is facing hundreds of counts for wire fraud and at least one money laundering charge. For most defendants, a thorough and well-constructed criminal defense is key to minimizing the impact of serious charges.

In the Nigerian prince phishing scam, individuals allegedly receive emails from self-proclaimed Nigerian officials. A typical email details that the recipient is the beneficiary of a will and must send his or her personal information to receive an inheritance of $1 million or more. However, police say that personal information is used to take money from the victim, not give any back.

Vehicular homicide charges filed for fatal Christmas Eve wreck

A fatal car accident led to the Christmas Eve arrest of a Louisiana woman. She is still in the custody of Louisiana authorities and is facing multiple counts of vehicular homicide. Police also filed additional charges related to an earlier wreck they believe the driver was involved in.

The 36-year-old women allegedly took part in an accident early in the evening on Dec. 24, 2017. It is not clear if she was at fault for that particular wreck. Police claim that she fled the site of that accident in her vehicle, driving above the posted speed limit. While fleeing, she apparently rapidly approached the rear of another car, and attempted to swerve and avoid a collision.

What happens when I'm stopped for drunk driving?

Traffic stops are often seen as a routine, albeit inconvenient, aspect of driving. However, for those accused of driving while under the influence, a traffic stop may be anything but. Many drunk driving charges in Louisiana stem from traffic stops, and it is important for drivers to understand the process.

Police will usually initiate a traffic stop if they observe erratic behavior from the person behind the wheel. This may include driving slowly, speeding, swerving, failing to stop or yield, and more. Although attending officers may first try to assess whether there was another reason for such erratic behavior, they may suspect that a driver is intoxicated if they smell alcohol or notice any slurred speech and request that he or she take part in field sobriety tests.

Animal cruelty, drug charges filed against Louisiana vet

A veterinarian was recently arrested for allegedly killing a neighbor's dog. In addition to charges for aggravated animal cruelty and illegally discharging a firearm, she is also facing drug charges. Since her arrest, she was let go from her position at a Louisiana veterinary clinic.

On Dec. 13, 2017, the mother of the dog's owner returned to their home and found the dog injured in the backyard, where the owner had put the dog before leaving for work earlier that day. The 15-month-old bull dog was taken to the same vet clinic that their neighbor worked at but could not be saved. It was euthanized later that same day.

Facing drug charges? Understanding your situation is key

Crimes involving illegal substances are a serious matter that should be handled as such. Often, Louisiana authorities handle all drug charges with a similar heavy hand and without much discretion for each person's unique situation. When facing charges for possession, it is important to be vigilant with your criminal defense preparations. This often starts with gaining a better understanding of your charges.

Possession charges are often filed even when a person does not have any illegal drugs on their person or property. This is extremely confusing for many defendants. Possession of drug paraphernalia is a common charge for individuals who might have been found with items related to drug-use, but without any actual drugs.

Traffic stop leads to drug charges for husband-wife duo

Louisiana police claim that a regular apartment was the hub of a far-reaching drug operation. A husband and wife duo were arrested and face several drug charges for allegedly running the operation from their home. After a search of the residence, police also filed charges for money laundering and gun violations, and they are currently still investigating the matter.

The investigation into a possible drug operation started with a traffic stop. Police pulled over a 36-year-old man and, during a search of his vehicle, allegedly found approximately $72,000. He was arrested and charged with money laundering, but police continued investigating where the money may have come from. They claim that the evidence uncovered during that investigation led them back to the apartment he shared with his wife.

Criminal defense: Hit-and-run driver facing felony charges

Louisiana police say that the man responsible for a fatal hit-and-run accident turned himself in only a short while after the crash. It is not clear why the driver initially fled the scene of the pedestrian accident. He is now facing felony charges, which can require a more vigorous criminal defense approach than misdemeanors.

Authorities were initially notified of a pedestrian accident around 6 a.m. When they arrived, they discovered that the 51-year-old victim had died at the scene of the accident. The driver of the vehicle that hit the woman, however, was nowhere to be found. After investigating the scene, police determined that debris left behind by the responsible vehicle indicated that it was likely a white Hummer traveling eastbound at the time of the wreck.