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Lafayette Personal Injury, Criminal Law And Family Law Blog

Can I afford to file for divorce in Louisiana?

If you are unhappy in your marriage, you have likely been considering the possibility of divorce for some time. While many unhappily married people dream about the liberating feeling of being single again, they are often faced with many different barriers that prevent them from taking action. The prospect of losing the strong bond you have with your children could be one worry you have. Additionally, the prospect of going through financial struggles due to the divorce may be another concern.

If you are worried that you cannot afford to go through a divorce, or that a divorce will lead you to be worse off financially, you should take the time to research how you will likely be affected. Your current financial situation, your ability to earn your own income, and the laws in your state will significantly affect the likely outcome.

Accused in Louisiana entitled to a criminal defense

Gun crimes continue to be a serious issue in Louisiana. A recent incident involved a reported shooting at an elementary school that was not occupied at the time. Thoughts of what could have happened had the incident occurred during the school day may have been very unsettling. A person is in custody, though it is important to remember that anyone facing criminal charges is presumed innocent and is entitled to a criminal defense.

Officers from the West Monroe Police Department responded to a report of possible gun shots fired at Riverbend Elementary School. When they arrived on the scene they reported seeing a glass door that appeared to have been shattered by multiple bullets. After reviewing the school's video surveillance tape, they reported that it showed a man entering the school and fleeing into a restroom.

Those facing charges are entitled to criminal defense

The use and trafficking of illegal drugs continues to be a serious problem in Louisiana. While the opioid crisis has seen some decline, the use and trafficking of cocaine and methamphetamine appears to be on the rise. Two men have recently been arrested. Anyone under arrest and facing charges for drug crimes is entitled to a criminal defense.

The arrests followed an extensive undercover investigation carried out by local law enforcement officers. During the course of the investigation, multiple purchases of crack cocaine, methamphetamine and synthetic marijuana were successfully carried out by undercover agents. This led to the issuing of the arrest warrants.

Criminal defense can aid in drunk driving charges

The holiday season is upon us in Louisiana and that means spending time with friends and family, attending parties and partaking of festive food and drinks, often including alcohol. It is a time when people may enjoy a drink or two and not be aware of alcohol's effect on one's ability to safely drive a car. The combination has the potential to cause a serious and possibly fatal car accident. Anyone facing charges in such a situation is entitled to a criminal defense.

A recent accident took place early one Sunday morning. A man was driving on the I-10 and was allegedly speeding. He reportedly rear-ended a car in front of him and the impact reportedly pushed that car into the vehicle in front of it, causing a chain reaction accident.

Those arrested for drug crimes have right to criminal defense

Louisiana police continue their efforts to combat the continuing drug crisis in the state. While opioids have somewhat receded from the headlines, methamphetamines are becoming more prevalent. A recent case involving methamphetamine trafficking resulted in the arrests of three suspects. The accused have a constitutionally guaranteed right to a criminal defense.

The accused were recently brought to trial. One of the defendants was found to have made a trip to California from where he reportedly shipped about one pound of meth to one of the other defendants. The package was intercepted as it was being transferred from the second defendant to the third defendant. In addition to the drug trafficking charges, one of the defendants was suspected in multiple homicide and burglary cases.

Responding to a Louisiana shoplifting accusation

If you're leaving a Louisiana store and you are suddenly held by store security because they suspect that you have stolen an item, you will likely panic. You may become angry or instinctively want to flee the situation. Regardless of whether you intentionally stole an item from the store or not, the way that you react could help to diffuse the situation and minimize the consequences.

The following are some tips on how to react to a shoplifting charge in Louisiana, as well as an overview of some of your defense options.

Accused always have right to criminal defense

The drug industry continues to present serious challenges to law enforcement in Louisiana. A recent arrest of three members of an alleged New Orleans gang is one of the most recent incidents in the state's war on drugs. The four who are facing charges are presumed innocent until and unless found guilty in a court of law, and they are entitled to a criminal defense.

The arrests followed a lengthy investigation that ended with grand jury indictments of four individuals. Three of the individuals have been placed under arrest, and one remains at large. The indictments mention over 30 different criminal acts the individuals were believed to have been involved in. One of these incidents was an alleged gang shootout in 2017 that injured a bystander.

Distracted or fatigued driving can cause fatal car accidents

Cars are the primary form of transportation for most people. Distracted driving and driver fatigue are both significant dangers, as are impairment from drugs or alcohol, when one is behind the wheel of a car in Louisiana. Serious car accidents can result and can often times be fatal. One such accident recently occurred near St. James Parrish on LA-18.

The accident occurred in the early hours of a recent Saturday morning. One person driving a Hummer was heading south on the roadway. Another vehicle was heading north. For unknown reasons, the Hummer crossed the yellow line and hit the other car head-on. It is believed that neither driver was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Tragic car accidents continue to plague area roadways

On a recent afternoon in Iberia Parish two people were going about their business. One, an 81-year-old woman, was driving a pickup truck. The other, a 37-year-old man, was riding his motorcycle. Their paths crossed in a tragic manner at an intersection on LA Highway 87 where they were both involved in one of the week's horrific car accidents.

The pickup was traveling west on Westwood Dr. toward LA 87. The motorcycle was about to enter the intersection of LA 87 and Westwood Dr. The driver of the pickup reportedly failed to obey a stop sign and collided with the motorcycle in the intersection. Both drivers were properly restrained and wearing appropriate safety equipment.

Experienced criminal defense important for juvenile suspects

The early hours of the morning are not unusual times for criminal activity in Louisiana. A spate of attempted burglaries was reportedly prevented early one recent morning. Officers from Jefferson Parrish were patrolling in Metairie when they reported observing suspicious activity involving multiple people appearing to attempt to break into parked vehicles. Anyone apprehended as a result of the investigation is entitled to a criminal defense.

On observing the suspicious activity, the officer at the scene reported approaching the people in order to get a better understanding of the situation. As he approached, they allegedly fled to one of the vehicles and drove off. The vehicle in which they reportedly fled was a Nissan that had previously been reported stolen.