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Lafayette Personal Injury, Criminal Law And Family Law Blog

Criminal defense can help keep focus on current case

Being accused of a crime in Louisiana can be very unsettling. A young man who was hired to do some work for a family has been charged in connection with a burglary at the home. The 22-year-old did have a prior arrest for a burglary that took place a year ago. It is not known if a criminal defense attorney has been hired or assigned to the case.

The owner of the house where the man had been hired to do some work apparently noticed that a house key was missing. A short time after he noticed the key was missing a burglary took place at his home. Items stolen included firearms, valuable coins and a safe. There were reportedly no signs of forced entry.

Fatal car accidents cause survivors immense grief

The unexpected death of a loved one is never easy to accept. Crowded Louisiana roadways contribute to an increase in the number of car accidents that occur annually on area highways. A recent fender bender became a tragic fatal accident on a recent Sunday evening when another vehicle became involved. The accident happened on an elevated expressway near New Orleans.

Three men were working to move a disabled vehicle from the roadway. The SUV had reportedly become disabled as a result of an earlier crash. Another vehicle approached the incident and failed to stop and was unable to avoid colliding with the three men who were helping to move the disabled vehicle. The impact caused the men to be thrown from the elevated roadway.

Accessing the Louisiana drug courts after a criminal charge

Certain mental health conditions can have a profound impact on your legal situation and your future success. Addiction is definitely one of those conditions, and it is often the result of previous issues, like abuse or trauma.

Left unchecked, addiction can soon result in criminal charges that can change the course of your life. Many people who commit drug offenses do not do so because they take joy in breaking the law. Instead, their medical condition of addiction pushes them to do something that would otherwise not be in their nature.

Driver impairment can lead to fatal car accidents

Whenever an individual makes the decision to operate a motor vehicle on a Louisiana roadway, he or she assumes a great responsibility. In addition to his or her own life, the driver is also responsible for the lives of others within the vehicle but also others with whom the vehicle may come in contact. Car accidents occur all too often and can have devastating results for all involved.

Other vehicles and pedestrians can often be found along the side of the road. The conscientious driver remains aware of his or her surroundings and watches out for other drivers as well as other obstacles. Any type of distraction or impairment can prevent the driver from reacting in time to prevent tragedy.

Family law can help in achieving a new normal

Getting married promotes feelings of anticipation and hope for what one believes will be a bright and happy future with one's partner. The reality in Louisiana is that a significant number of marriages do end in divorce and many of those involve children. Family law can cover financial and property aspects of a separation as well as child custody and support issues.

When parents decide to divorce, their top concern is frequently the continuing well-being of their children. It is widely accepted that children do best when they can maintain a strong relationship with both parents. Coming to terms with that can be a challenge while one is at the same time trying to arrive at a new normal with one's ex-spouse.

Criminal defense: Woman charged with drunk driving

A woman was arrested in Baton Rouge following an accident that injured a state trooper, according to local news. A Louisiana State Patrol trooper apparently suffered moderate injuries in a crash involving a suspected drunk driver. The suspect has been taken into custody and is awaiting a trial date. There is no word as to whether she has retained criminal defense counsel or if a trial date has been set. 

According to the release provided by state police, the trooper was stopped in a squad car with his emergency lights activated as he was overseeing a construction zone. The woman is believed to have avoided road blocks before striking the back of the trooper's vehicle. It is not clear how fast she was traveling, but the trooper was injured in the crash. 

Criminal defense and crime of passion

Passion is a powerful emotion. It can cause feelings of love, joy, anger and fear just to name a few. Passion can also lead to action. Passion may have contributed to an action that left a young woman dead on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. The Louisiana man accused in her death is facing charges for which he is entitled to a criminal defense.

The woman worked as a waitress at a restaurant in the French Quarter. The accused shooter, who was believed to be the woman's ex-boyfriend, was seen on surveillance film approaching the waitress at about midnight on a recent evening. He appeared to pull out a gun as he approached her and allegedly pointed it at a bystander. The waitress reportedly attempted to wrest the gun from the man, and in the ensuing struggle, the gun went off.

Uninsured drivers complicate things after car accidents

Getting hurt by a negligent driver is one thing, and getting hurt by an uninsured driver is something else entirely. It can be extremely frustrating to realize that not only were you injured through no fault of your own, but that getting the compensation you need will be even harder than it has to be. Here are a few things that are important to know about recovering compensation after car accidents with uninsured drivers.

So what are you supposed to do when you find out that the driver who caused your accident never even bothered to get insurance? You turn toward your own insurance company. Under Louisiana state law, insurance companies are required to offer uninsured motorist coverage. Not sure if you have this coverage? The only way to opt out of this coverage is to reject it in writing, so you are most likely covered.

Factors used to determine child custody in Louisiana

Separating parents can face issues in agreeing on a child custody arrangement that works best. It's easy for these situations to escalate, causing both parents to become angry and resentful. Overcoming these conflicts is never simple, but with the assistance of the child custody courts and mediation services in Lafayette, it can be possible.

When deciding on a custody arrangement, child custody courts make a decision that they consider to be in the best interests of the child. This means that they evaluate the entire situation and consider how certain arrangements would affect the child's overall well-being. The following are some of the main factors that child custody courts take into account when making a custody decision.

Bomb scare, drug charges result in need for criminal defense

The fight against illegal drug trafficking in Louisiana is an ongoing battle. A recent case in Lake Charles involves two men who might benefit from consulting a criminal defense professional. The two were passengers on a bus traveling on I-10 late one afternoon.

One of the two men had reported he was suffering from chest pains, causing the bus to pull over and call 911 for assistance. When the ambulance arrived, the man who complained of chest pains left the bus and went to the ambulance. A passenger alleged that the man had alluded to a bomb being present on the bus before heading to the ambulance. The bus was evacuated, and during the evacuation, a second man fled.