Sometimes a change in law or circumstances will prompt a judge to take a second look at a prisoner's sentence. Resentencing brings up important issues of criminal defense. Recently, a Louisiana judge has reduced the sentence of a man convicted for his role in a fatal car accident last year, saying that a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision would have unfairly kept the man in prison for the rest of his life.
A Louisiana man was recently sentenced to three years of probation, fined $5,000 and ordered to pay a share of a $160,000 settlement as part of a federal investigation into corruption in Jefferson Parish. The man pleaded guilty last year to charges of fraud and theft. He could have been sentenced to as many as six months in prison.
Two residents of Rosepine, Louisiana have been arrested after a 10-month-old child tested positive for methamphetamine. According to the Vernon Parish sheriff, investigators from the Narcotics Task Force were contacted by the staff of Beauregard Memorial Hospital regarding the child. The child's mother explained that she was in a house where the drug had been used, which might have resulted in the child's exposure to the narcotic. The mother also reportedly confessed to receiving and using the narcotic in the past. The mother is under arrest on drug charges and has been booked for cruelty to a juvenile and possession of methamphetamine.
Crimes related to drugs are not uncommon in the United States. Many people are arrested by law enforcement agencies on suspicion of drug crimes in different parts of the country. Louisiana is no different. For example, authorities recently arrested a person for multiple drug offenses.
Houston-based rapper Lil Flip was arrested in Louisiana on Christmas night after being pulled over for speeding by deputies from the De Soto Parish Sheriff's Office. The rapper was arrested on drug charges and weapon charges.
The Drugs Enforcement Agency of Louisiana recently arrested several people for being in possession of drugs. The officers of the agency raided a local strip club, as well as the house of the club owner, and allegedly found a variety of drugs on the premises and also arrested several people on drug charges. The officers arrested the owner of the club, but the charges against the owner are unknown as the U.S. Attorney's Office currently refuses to name the allegations. However, there were violations of federal laws that bar a person from manufacturing, storing, distributing or using controlled substances in places of business.
Louisiana residents might be interested to know that an international, multimillion dollar fraud scheme, which allegedly sold prescription painkillers without a proper in-person examination, has been exposed. The alleged fraud scheme started in 2010 and lasted until late 2012. Police arrested five website operators, two pharmacists and three physicians involved in the fraud scheme.
A 25-year-old man was arrested in Houma, Louisiana, on aggravated second-degree battery charges for taking a woman hostage. The Houma Police Department was trying to locate the accused, who was wanted on criminal charges of aggravated second-degree battery. With the assistance of the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's Office, the Houma Police Department tracked down the accused in a trailer in Grand Caillou.
In Louisiana, being convicted of a drug crime carries serious consequences. Individuals who have been accused of drug crimes should explore all of their legal options for mitigating the negative repercussions. Before a court can find a defendant guilty, the prosecution must present sufficient, credible evidence to prove the suspect's culpability beyond a reasonable doubt.
Being convicted of a white collar crime can have serious consequences the defendant likely never imagined. Recently, a youth baseball coach in Louisiana pleaded guilty to securities fraud, money laundering and felony theft after being accused of running a Ponzi scheme.