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Familial DNA testing may create criminal defense challenges

During the investigations of allegedly criminal matters Louisiana law enforcement officials collect DNA evidence that they attempt to match to DNA samples in a database so that they may learn the identities of the individuals they believe perpetrated the underlying crimes. There are problems with the current system of collecting and testing DNA; in some cases individuals are wrongly identified as the perpetrators of violent crimes when in fact they are completely innocent.

Understanding the basics of plea bargains

There are a variety of ways a criminal case may progress through the criminal justice process. One method of resolving a case is through a plea bargain. Plea bargains are a common method of resolving criminal cases in the United States. A plea bargain is an agreement between the individual accused of a crime and the prosecuting attorney in which the accused individual pleads guilty typically in order to receive a reduced sentence or reduced criminal charges. Plea bargains are primarily utilized as a method of saving time and money while resolving criminal cases.

What types of plea bargains are there?

Most of us have heard the term plea bargain but may have wondered exactly what it refers to and what different types of plea bargains might be available. In general, plea bargaining is a method of reducing charges or potential penalties through an agreement between the accused individual and the prosecutor prosecuting the case. There are generally three types of plea negotiations, including charge plea bargaining, sentence plea bargaining fact plea bargaining.

Understanding the serious issue of domestic violence

Domestic abuse is an unquestionably serious concern for individuals involved in alleged domestic violence situations and for families and communities. There are a variety of behaviors that may be considered domestic abuse so it is helpful to be familiar with what those are if involved in family violence circumstances. Domestic violence circumstances can have a potentially serious impact on the future and freedom of the accused individual so it is important to understand what domestic violence refers to and includes.

Confrontation with ex-girlfriend leads to allegations against man

Baton Rouge residents might not be thinking about the long-term consequences in a moment of anger. After the fact, though, they will face a litany of issues if there is an incident and it leads to allegations of assault and other crimes. When arrested and dealing with these charges along with the penalties, one of the most important decisions is to plan for a strong criminal defense. This is key regardless of the charges that a person has lodged against him or her.

Seeking criminal defense attorneys essential when facing charges

Allegations of criminal activity can seriously impact a Louisianan's reputation. Even if not true, allegations that lead to criminal charges can affect a person's life. Louisiana State Senator Troy Brown, who is facing criminal charges in connection with a domestic fight, reported on this blog in a previous post, undoubtedly knows. It is essential, therefore, for a Louisianan to obtain expert legal counsel in the event he or she is facing criminal charges.

Plea negotiation can help resolve Louisiana criminal trials

There are numerous steps between when a Louisianan has been charged with a crime and the conclusion of a criminal case. Sometimes the process will involve a criminal trial. In other cases, however, a defendant and the prosecution may negotiate through what is known as plea negotiation and avoid a criminal trial.

Louisiana Senator faces criminal charge following domestic fight

A Louisiana state Senator has found himself facing potential legal trouble after a recent arrest. State Senator Troy Brown, a second-term senator who represents Ascension Parish District 2, was arrested recently at his home in Geismar.

Criminal charges elevated to murder after drug overdose

Louisiana law contains a large number of criminal drug offenses. A person convicted of a drug offense may face a fine and time in prison, in addition to the stigma of having a drug conviction on his or her record. The state's drug laws involve a wide variety of criminal activity, including possession, distribution, and trafficking of illegal drugs. Interestingly, a Louisiana case that appeared to be simply drug-related has recently been elevated to include criminal charges of murder.

Louisiana attorneys protect criminal defendants’ rights

No two criminal trials are exactly alike. Each case brought by a Louisiana prosecutor will involve a different set of facts and circumstances. Some cases may require a large number of witnesses; some may require extensive legal research due to complex legal issues. Sometimes defendants have conflicting versions of what transpired, as this blog reported in a previous post about a Louisiana couple’s pending criminal charges.