Most criminal charges in Louisiana courts rest on the question of whether the defendant was actually responsible for the crime, but for white collar crime charges often the central question is whether a crime occurred. After all, when someone is murdered, there is typically no question as to whether a crime was committed. By contrast, when someone is accused of money laundering or insider trading, the court must look at complicated, technical evidence and determine whether any of the behavior broke the law.
Facing jail time or a hefty fine could seriously alter the lives of the accused as well as their loved ones. Being charged with a severe crime could be a damaged reputation, even if they are not convicted. This is why it is crucial that defendants develop a strong defense against criminal charges against them.
The laws regarding sexual exploitation of children in Louisiana are very strict and prosecutors can be zealous in trying to make sure those convicted receive the maximum penalty. At the same time, juries and the general public are unlikely to have much sympathy for those accused of these crimes. Even close friends of the accused may turn their backs when such allegations come to light. At times like these, a strong criminal defense is extremely important.
Those who are convicted of crimes in Louisiana may have to pay fines and court fees on top of any jail time they must serve. The exact amount depends upon the alleged crime, the applicable law and other factors, but these payments are especially important in cases involving fraud, embezzlement and other white collar crime charges. In some cases, restitution of unlawfully acquired money can take the place of jail time. However, Louisiana has until recently been very slow to collect money for restitution. That may be set to change now that the state has hired a private contractor to collect this money.
Drugs often receive a great deal of attention from law enforcement, as well as from the general public. In some situations, Louisiana residents come together in an effort to push drugs out of their community by keeping watch over their neighbors and reporting what they view as suspicious activities to the police. The result of some of these efforts is the arrest of people-sometimes a large number of people-suspected of involvement in drug activities.