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Probation

How To Successfully Complete Probation In Monroe

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Probation is a very helpful tool for individuals who have been convicted of a crime. Still, probation is a serious life event that will have drastic effects on the way you live your life. People ordered to go through probation sometimes struggle to meet the many requirements that are placed on them. Unfortunately, failing… Read More »

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What To Do When Pulled Over For A DUI

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Seeing police lights and hearing sirens in your rearview mirror is a scary experience, especially if you have been drinking. Even when you have not consumed alcohol, being pulled over can be intimidating and overwhelming for anyone. The things you say and the actions you take will have a dramatic impact on your case…. Read More »

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Three Common Types Of Misdemeanors

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In Louisiana, like all states throughout the country, misdemeanor offenses are considered more minor than felony crimes. Still, a conviction for a misdemeanor can have jail time associated with a sentence, along with high fines and a permanent criminal history. Below, our Monroe misdemeanor defense lawyer outlines the three most common types of these… Read More »

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What Are Your Miranda rights?

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Anyone who has ever watched a crime television show or movie is familiar with the Miranda rights in the country. A familiarity, though, does not always mean that people have a thorough understanding of what these rights entail, or when they apply. For example, contrary to what many people think, a police officer is… Read More »

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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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