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A conviction on a felony charge can have long-term consequences

In Louisiana a person may face criminal charges based upon their alleged violation of different state and federal laws. Their alleged crimes may fall into either the category of misdemeanors or felonies, with the latter category of crimes punished more severely than the former. When confronting serious charges like rape, murder, and others that classify as felonies, individuals may fear that their futures will significantly affected if they are convicted.

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.

Louisiana felony habitual offender law might be reformed

It may come as a surprise to Louisiana residents, but not those who have had run ins with the criminal justice system, that Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world. The state's governor recently announced his plan to overhaul the state's sentencing plan, in an effort to reduce their incarceration rate.

How does theft differ from burglary?

Louisiana residents may use the terms theft and burglary interchangeably, and may not even be aware that there is a crime called larceny, but in fact though these crimes are similar in some respects, there are some major differences between them. They are similar in the sense that they all involve an element of stealing-- taking someone else's property without authorization from them. However, that is where the similarity ends in the eyes of the law.