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When can an officer search without a search warrant?


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?

What are the consequences for a hate crime conviction?

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.

Assault and battery are distinct criminal charges in Louisiana


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.

What are the consequences for possession of child pornography?


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.

Search and seizure requirements affect Louisiana defendants


Louisiana residents charged with drug crimes may wonder what rights they have. While a person who has been charged with a crime has numerous legal rights, one particularly relevant right for those arrested on drug charges is one's right against unreasonable search and seizure. The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects United States citizens, including criminal suspects, from unreasonable search and seizure.

What constitutes kidnapping of a child in Louisiana?


The taking of a child is a serious offense. Kidnapping a child is a felony that may be prosecuted under state or federal law. Different forms of child abduction under Louisiana law are based on who allegedly took the child, the age of the child, and why the child may have been taken.

Real estate heir arrested on criminal charges in Louisiana

A recently-aired HBO documentary received a boon in publicity when its star was arrested just prior to the airing of the sixth and final episode. Police arrested Robert Durst, millionaire member of the wealthy Durst family of New York, whose real estate fortune is estimated to be worth approximately 4 billion dollars, in New Orleans on criminal charges.

Have I committed computer fraud?


Computer fraud, also known as internet fraud, covers a wide range of activities that use a computer or the internet. Prosecutors alleging computer fraud are alleging that an accused has dishonestly used a computer to attempt to incite another person into taking an action, or not taking an action, that will cause the other person loss. Computer fraud charges are often federal crimes.

Veteran Louisiana attorneys defend against criminal charges


If you are facing criminal charges, whether at the federal or state level, you may fear that you do not have any options. It can be daunting to hear what may be a long list of charges that the police are alleging, but it is important to explore the best available options for your defense.

Former baseball star faces felony charges after Louisiana arrest


Those who are convicted on sex crime charges in Louisiana face an uphill battle even after they serve time, pay fines or otherwise deal with the immediate penalties. While all those convicted of felonies carry that status with them, those convicted of sex crimes must also confirm their status by registering as a sex offender.