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Lafayette Personal Injury, Criminal Law And Family Law Blog

Family law professionals back budgeting when considering divorce

Having a budget enables a person to live and support a lifestyle with the means available. When two people marry, finances are typically combined to allow for a new budget that may provide a better standard of living than was enjoyed prior to the marriage. But what if the marriage doesn't last and the couple decides to divorce? Family law professionals in Louisiana and elsewhere indicate that financial ramifications can be significant but certain measures can be taken to ease the financial outcome. 

Establishing a post-divorce budget should be one of the first steps. A budget should reflect accurate budgetary needs such as fixed expenses and estimated expenses for items such as gas, food and housing. When these items are provided for, savings can be designated for bigger ticket items such as college, retirement or vacation. In addition, it's a good idea to plan for expenses that may be incurred in the divorce process.

Legal options may be available via criminal defense

Summertime often seems to bring an increase in crimes in Louisiana, particularly crimes involving robbery. A recent burglary occurred in Lake Charles, and three people are now suspects of committing the crime. The three have a right to criminal defense that is protected by the United States Constitution.

The alleged crime occurred at a bar and deli on a recent Sunday night. The thieves appeared to have gained entrance to the establishment after hours by cutting a hole in the wall, which caused several thousands of dollars of damage. In addition to the damage to the property, three poker machines were reportedly broken into and their cash boxes were taken.

5 dangers other vehicles pose to motorcycles

Riding a motorcycle is exhilarating partly because of the danger that comes with such an activity. Even if you always wear your helmet and proper riding gear, and follow all of the traffic laws, a motorcycle wreck can still have catastrophic results. While bad weather and bad roads can play a large part in motorcycle accidents, many of the dangers you face while out for a ride come directly from the cars and trucks you share the road with.

Since staying safe should be a priority every time you climb on your bike, it is not only important to practice safe riding techniques but to also understand where the greatest dangers lay. Here are a few ways that other vehicles are dangerous to motorcycle riders.

Accused teens have equal rights to criminal defense

The death of a person in a violent crime is certainly a tragedy. When juveniles are suspected of the crime it can be seen as a double tragedy because of the possible harm it can cause to the their futures. A failed car theft purportedly led to the death of an older woman as the would-be thieves reportedly opened fire and shot her. The teens accused in the Louisiana crime are entitled to a criminal defense.

An older couple were heading to their car when they reportedly saw a group of teens rummaging through it. When the couple called out to the teens at least one of the teens allegedly responded with gunfire. The man was hit in the arm but his wife was hit in the head and died before emergency crews could respond.

Fraternity life, death and criminal defense

Greek societies at Louisiana colleges and universities can provide a means for making lasting social connections and can also ease the transition from living at home to the independence of being a college student. There are many traditions of fraternities that can be beneficial but there are also traditions that can be dangerous and lead to law-breaking activities. Chief among these may be the abundance of alcohol at some functions and the rituals of hazing that have increased in severity over the years. Criminal defense attorneys have become familiar with the possible legal consequences of hazing in recent years.

A recent case at Louisiana State University involved the death of a pledge who was 18 years old and wanted to become a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The young man's death was believed to have been caused by alcohol poisoning and 10 young men were charged in connection with the death.  Two of the men recently pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges and were each sentenced to 30 days in jail.

All accused have a right to a criminal defense

The drug problem in Louisiana continues to be the focus of many law enforcement investigations. Anyone caught up in the process of these investigations and charged with a crime has a right to a criminal defense. A recent case in Baton Rouge resulted in the arrest of a man charged with possession of a large amount of the drug known as ecstasy.

An investigation resulted in officers executing a search warrant that reportedly netted the seizure of ecstasy and other narcotic drugs as well as the arrest of the suspect. Firearms that were allegedly stolen were also retrieved as part of the executed warrant. The drugs that were reportedly confiscated included ecstasy and methamphetamine. Firearms reported to have been found included multiple AR-15s as well as several handguns. Two of the handguns had been reported stolen. 

Failure to comply with traffic laws can result in car accidents

A person walking along a roadway in Louisiana on a Monday afternoon is not expecting to be the victim of a fatal accident. That tragic outcome was reality for a man walking along Highway 10 near St. Francisville. He was struck by a car and died as a result of his injuries. Sadly, such car accidents are not a rare occurrence.

The man driving the car fled the scene following the collision. According to a report from the West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's office, a witness to the accident made a note of the license plate and reported it to the police. The officers quickly caught up with the vehicle and its driver at a nearby McDonalds. Alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor in the accident, but a blood test was reportedly performed to test for the presence of narcotics.

Making a car insurance claim? Tips to help you avoid trouble

Making a car insurance claim after an accident is easier said than done. This is particularly true if you have other things on your mind, such as treating a serious injury.

It's a mistake to assume that your car insurance agent is on your side. If you put all your trust in this person, you may end up disappointed with the process and the compensation you receive for your injuries and related damages.

Criminal defense access is right enjoyed by accused in Louisiana

The problem of illegal drugs in Louisiana is an ongoing one. In the continuing battle to protect the community and reduce the crime associated with the illegal drug trade, police are actively pursuing leads to help find and detain persons associated with the drug trade. Any person charged with a drug crime is entitled to a criminal defense.

One such police investigation resulted in the arrest of three people in Grant Parrish. The three, two women and a man, were all in their 30s. They were arrested for having meth in their possession and for endangering a child. There was allegedly a 4-year-old child in the same room with the three accused and the meth.

Fatal personal injury to 3 men; police think driver was impaired

Two good Samaritans recently stopped on a Louisiana highway to help a man whose vehicle had become disabled on the roadway. Little did they know, it would be the last act of service they ever offered in this life. The two men, as well as the man they stopped to help all suffered fatal personal injury when another vehicle crashed into them and the disabled car.

The two men had approached the stranded traveler to try to help him push his vehicle out of the line of traffic. While they were doing so, an Impala hit the car and all three men, plus two other vehicles, as well. Sadly, none of the three men who were hit survived the crash.