Whether an alleged crime will be pursued in the Louisiana court system or in the federal court system is of critical importance. The procedures, laws and practices differ at the state and federal level. As this blog reported in a previous post, an alleged crime may be a crime at both the state and federal level, but whether prosecutors pursue charges at the state or federal level depends on a number of factors.
As Louisiana residents may be aware, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires a police officer to have a valid search or arrest warrant, or probable cause that a crime has been committed, before the officer searches a person or seizes his or her property. Sometimes, however, including when police are investigating possible drug crimes, police are permitted to search without a warrant. When do these situations arise?
The term hate crime has a strong negative connotation. It is a forceful accusation to make against someone. It is not only a crime under Louisiana law, but it is also a federal crime.
The crimes of assault and battery are commonly grouped together. Louisiana residents may even think they are one crime, but that is not the case, especially when it comes to being charged for these crimes. The criminal charges of assault and battery are actually two separate charges in Louisiana.
Allegations of creating or possessing online child pornography are often headline-grabbing allegations. It is important for a person charged with such crimes to be aware of his or her rights and develop a strong criminal defense.