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June 2017 Archives

Domestic assault: hearing both sides of the story

Domestic violence, sometimes called domestic assault or domestic abuse, occurs when a person assaults or abuses a member of their family or household. It can include a pattern or cycle of violence and can involve physical violence, emotional abuse and other forms of inflicted harm. In Louisiana and jurisdictions throughout the country, domestic violence charges can be alleged in marital relationships, parent-child relationships, relationships that involve unmarried cohabitation and other domestic situations.

Can taking a selfie lead to felony charges?

Cell phones are not just for making calls. Baton Rouge residents use their handheld devices to search the Internet, find driving directions, make dining reservations, send emails and quite often take pictures. The high resolution of many phone cameras makes them a good option for people who do not wish to carry separate cameras so that they may capture the special moments in their lives. And thanks in part to the ubiquity of cell phone cameras, individuals across the nation have begun taking "selfies" at an incredible rate.

Embezzlement is a serious white collar crime

Embezzlement is a type of theft that occurs when a person uses a position of power or control to take money or financial assets from others. Louisiana residents may often hear allegations of this crime occurring in banks or other institutions where individuals invest their money with the intention of seeing their assets grow. Charges of embezzlement are very serious, though, and if a person is convicted can result in the imposition of significant penalties.

Traffic stop leads to arrests on weapons and drug charges

A person's right to be protected from unreasonable searches and seizures is codified in the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Put simply, a Louisiana resident cannot be forced to have their person, car, home or other space invaded by law enforcement officials without a reason. Generally a police officer or other law enforcement officer must have a warrant or compelling reason to stop and search a person. If their suspicions are not based on sufficient information or evidence, then the results of their searches and seizures may not be legal.

Protect your rights with a dedicated criminal defense attorney

In the American criminal justice system, defendants are to be considered innocent until they are proven guilty. As such, the prosecutors who bring charges against individuals in the criminal courts are tasked with proving all of the elements of the crimes that they allege the defendants to have committed in order to secure guilty verdicts at trial. However, as some Baton Rouge residents may know, a presumption of innocence after a criminal charge may feel like empty words during a stressful and tense pretrial period.