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Driver of van for Coroner's Office facing drug charges

Coroners' offices work daily to investigate the causes of death, whether people have died from natural causes, disease or even acts of violence. While coroners often visit the locations where the deaths occur, the victims are usually transported back to their facilities by drivers. These drivers likely see the police routinely in the course of their jobs as officers investigate various deaths. However, one driver for a Louisiana coroner's office recently encountered members of law enforcement in a different capacity when he was arrested on drug charges.

A driver for the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office was suspected of dealing drugs in Central City. Following his arrest by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the man was released from his job as a driver. This was the second time an employee from the Coroner's Office had been terminated within the past few weeks.

High school coach suspected of drunk driving

Baseball season is in "full swing" at many Louisiana high schools and others around the country. Most coaches are concerning themselves with pitching rotations, batting lineups, run production and other statistics. However, one high school coach likely has much more on his mind right now following his recent arrest for drunk driving.

Police say that Ponchatoula High School's baseball coach was driving in a reckless manner one afternoon on a state highway. A citizen called the local police department to reported the behavior. Officers reportedly witnessed the car going in and out of lanes as it traveled on the road. After supposed attempts to stop the car, reports indicate that the driver pulled into the parking lot of a convenience store.

12 arrested for drug crimes

Louisiana law enforcement agencies frequently join forces to crack down on drug activity within the state. Agencies from the local, state and federal levels often work together to reduce the number of drug crimes in the communities. Recently, multiple organizations participated in the arrest of 12 individuals after raids were made on various locations.

According to reports from the Concordia Parish Special Operations Group, officers had been monitoring five locations that were suspected of being drug distribution centers. Evidently, police had been watching these locations for some time, and extensive plans were made before the raids took place. More than 40 officers participated in the effort, as all five locations were simultaneously raided.

A car accident may be costly financially and emotionally

As you make your way to work, you hear the sound of screeching tires followed by a large boom and the sound of twisting steel. Then, you begin to feel pain throughout your body. You have just become the victim of a motor vehicle accident.

A car accident in Louisiana can easily deprive you of your peace of mind, in addition to causing you physical discomfort and financial challenges. However, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries if another motorist's negligence led to your accident injuries. Here is a rundown of the types of damages you may wish to seek in this situation.

Man, girlfriend face drug charges involving another state

There are many different drug crimes in the state of Louisiana, with the penalties varying in severity. Someone may be charged with possession of marijuana or another controlled substance. More serious drug charges include intent to sell or trafficking. A man recently pleaded guilty on several charges for his alleged role in a multi-state operation.

According to reports from the Louisiana State Police, a 33-year-old man was arrested in Aug. 2016. Officers had apparently discovered over 400 pounds of marijuana stored in 55-gallon drums. Law enforcement officials claim that the marijuana was hidden in containers being shipped from another state. The containers were evidently addressed to a warehouse belonging to the man.

Judge rules blood test is admissable in vehicle homicide trial

A Lamborghini is a luxury sports car favored by drivers. With the capability of exceeding 100 miles per hour, many motorists love the opportunity to push the boundaries of speed when possible. However, driving at such a high rate of speed after allegedly drinking alcohol is not a good combination. A woman was killed in a 2016 crash involving speed and apparent drunk driving. A Louisiana man charged with vehicular homicide after that accident learned recently that certain evidence will be admissible in his trial.

In May 2016, a 32-year-old man was driving the leased sports car at 118 miles per hour, according to police reports. The man then hit a curb, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a flood wall. His passenger, a 23-year-old woman, died as a result of the accident. A blood test revealed that the driver had a blood alcohol level of .11 percent, over the legal limit of .08 percent, per reports.

Criminal defense: Man charged with robbery after bank incident

There are many different classifications of robbery and theft in the state of Louisiana. Being charged with any of these would precipitate the need to mount a criminal defense. A man was recently arrested after police claimed he robbed a bank.

A 54-year-old man entered a bank one afternoon and began speaking to a teller. According to reports, he told the teller to give him money. The documents state that the man said he would shoot the teller if she did not give him the money. The teller stated that the man kept a hand underneath his clothes, where she noticed a bulge. This prompted her to believe that the man was armed.

Traffic stop turns into serious drug charges

Traffic stops are often a gateway for Louisiana law enforcement officers to conduct a limited investigation into whether a person has committed or is committing a crime. Something as simple as a broken tail light could quickly turn into an arrest on serious charges. In fact, two men now face drug charges due to a search conducted during a traffic stop.

One of the two arrested, a 20-year-old woman, was pulled over by police for a variety of traffic offenses, including improper lane usage. Somehow, police suspected that the driver had drugs in the vehicle. A search supposedly led to the discovery of Promethazine syrup as well as thousands of pills suspected to be ecstasy and a considerable amount of cash.

Yes, boating under the influence is a real thing in Louisiana

It is spring here in Louisiana, and as the weather improves, many people may be preparing to take to the state's waterways. As you prepare your boat for the season, you may also benefit from reacquainting yourself with the laws. One that many people tend to forget about is boating under the influence, which you may also forget is a real charge that can have real impacts on your life.

Just as on land, driving a boat with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 is against the law. You could easily face the same penalties if convicted. A first offense could result in 48 hours of community service or two days in jail, along with a conviction on your record. A second offense could result in a mandatory two days in jail followed by 30 days of community service or 30 days in jail. A third offense could result in you spending a minimum of 45 days in a Louisiana jail.

Facing another drunk driving charge?

It happened. You were driving down the road, minding your own business, when you were pulled over by Louisiana police for suspected drunk driving. After going through all the field sobriety tests, you were arrested and taken to jail. This is not the first time this has happened to you and now you are concerned about what this will mean for your future.

If you are considered a repeat DUI offender, the court is not likely to treat your case lightly. This is just an offense that the state in general feels should be punished to the fullest extent. This does not mean that there is no hope for you. There are various defense options for drunk driving cases that may help your situation.