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Three Ways To Beat Drug Trafficking Charges In Monroe

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Many people throughout Monroe are arrested for drug possession and they are soon shocked to learn that they are actually being charged with drug trafficking, which is a much more serious charge. In Louisiana, drug possession charges can be escalated to drug trafficking when a person possesses a certain quantity of illegal drugs. Drug… Read More »

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Can Passengers Face DUI Charges In Ouachita Parish?

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Most people in Ouachita Parish are aware that if they are caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 percent or more, they may be criminally charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated (OWI). However, many people are surprised to be charged with alcohol-related offenses after being a passenger in another person’s… Read More »

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Four Ways Social Media Can Affect Your Criminal Case

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Social media sites such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have made it easier to connect with friends, family members, and even people you have never met before. These platforms are also a great outlet for news and entertainment. Still, it is important to remember that regardless of the privacy settings you select, nothing you… Read More »

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What Are The Long-Term Consequences Of A Felony Conviction?

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Felony offenses are the most serious in Ouachita Parish. A conviction will result in long prison sentences, high fines, and other consequences. For example, a convicted felon may have to register as a sex offender, and Louisiana still allows for the use of the death penalty. Even after a person has served their time,… Read More »

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Is Revenge Porn A Crime In Monroe?

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The Internet, social media platforms, and the other forms of media we all use today have brought many different benefits. Unfortunately, there is also a dark side to these different mediums, including non-consensual explicit content. Revenge porn is just one example of sexual cyber harassment. When certain material is posted online for anyone to… Read More »

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What Is Stalking And Are There Defenses Available?

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Stalking is not classified as a violent crime in Ouachita Parish or under federal law. Still, a false accusation for this type of harassment can have a devastating impact on your life. If convicted, you may serve jail time, have to pay high fines, and you may even find yourself ostracized in your personal… Read More »

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Can Your Employer Fire You For A DUI Charge?

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If you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI), you may have many concerns about your future. You may wonder if you will have to serve jail time, pay high fines, and are likely worried about having a permanent criminal record. In addition to these common concerns, you may also wonder how… Read More »

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Should You Accept A Plea Bargain After Being Criminally Charged?

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After being charged with a crime, it is natural to wonder how you can avoid the harshest consequences. It is never possible to predict exactly how a criminal case may be resolved and you and your Ouachita Parish criminal defense lawyer may be considering a plea bargain. Plea bargains have many different benefits, but… Read More »

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How Long Do You Have To Register As A Sex Offender?

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A conviction for a sex offense will result in consequences that will extend far past any prison sentence you serve. One penalty that comes with a conviction for a sex offense is the requirement to register with the state as a sex offender. If you have to register as a sex offender, you will… Read More »

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Questions To Ask Law Enforcement During A Drug Search

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An arrest occurs every three seconds in the United States, and less serious crimes such as drug offenses and disorderly conduct account for approximately 80 percent of these arrests. Being arrested, or even detained, is a very scary and stressful experience. Before an arrest though, law enforcement may conduct a drug search. If you… Read More »

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