Author Archives: Jay Butchko
Can You Be Charged With A DUI For Driving Under The Influence Of Marijuana?
All motorists know that driving while under the influence of alcohol is against the law, and that a conviction comes with serious penalties. However, when it comes to driving under the influence of marijuana, too many people are still confused about the issue. Getting behind the wheel while impaired is always against the law,… Read More »
Understanding The Defense Of Entrapment
Fans of true crime shows, podcasts, and movies may be familiar with the term ‘entrapment.’ Or, maybe you have been charged with a crime and believe a police officer framed you or convinced you to commit a crime. Entrapment is a defense to many criminal charges, but it is one that is largely misunderstood…. Read More »
Important Deadlines In Criminal Cases
If you have been charged with a criminal offense, you may wonder why your case is taking so long to proceed and if there is anything you can do to expedite it. The law in Louisiana outlines certain deadlines in a criminal case for the very purpose of ensuring defendants are treated fairly and… Read More »
What Are The Penalties For Domestic Abuse Battery?
Domestic violence, including domestic abuse battery and similar domestic violence crimes, are taken very seriously throughout the state. There is never an excuse for domestic violence to occur. Still, innocent people also should not face charges when they have done nothing wrong, no matter the crime alleged. If you have been arrested for a… Read More »
Four Common Exceptions To The Search Warrant Requirement
Under the Fourth Amendment, all Americans have the right to be protected from illegal searches and seizures. Generally speaking, this means that if law enforcement wants to search or enter an area, they must obtain a warrant that allows them to take such action. The warrant requirement, though, is not absolute and there are… Read More »
Top Reasons To Hire A Monroe Criminal Defense Lawyer Before You Are Charged
If law enforcement has accused you of a crime but charges have not yet been laid, you may not take the accusations seriously. However, just because charges have not been filed yet does not mean law enforcement is not pursuing the case. A pre-filing investigation may be ongoing to strengthen law enforcement’s case. During… Read More »
Three Common Defenses In Domestic Abuse Cases
Domestic violence is taken very seriously by prosecutors in Ouachita Parish, and throughout the state. This offense can result in a felony conviction, which could result in prison time and prevent the person from owning firearms. If you are convicted of domestic abuse, your future employment prospects could be negatively impacted. Few employers today… Read More »
Will A Conviction For A Drug Crime Affect Student Aid?
Many college and university students rely on scholarships and student loans to help them pay for their education. If you fall into this category and are arrested or convicted for a drug crime, you may worry that it will affect your student aid. A conviction for a drug crime may affect your student aid,… Read More »
Understanding Administrative Hearings After A DWI Charge
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may not be familiar with the legal process you are about to face. You may know that you will be criminally prosecuted, and may even have to serve jail time or pay high fines to the state. However, you… Read More »
Mailing Drugs Can Result In Criminal Charges
People may consider mailing drugs for several different reasons. A person may order certain drugs online, or one person may send a friend or family member drugs through the mail for very innocent reasons. Sometimes, people may even send drugs through the mail with the intention to traffic and distribute illicit substances. Regardless of… Read More »