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Do I have to take a chemical test in Louisiana?

When police officers stop you because they suspect you of driving while impaired, you can expect them to ask you to take several types of sobriety tests. Many people feel understandably reluctant to comply, thinking the test results may bolster the prosecution's case against them.

Unfortunately, refusing to take a chemical test generally creates more ammunition against you, not less. Louisiana's implied consent law states that, by driving on Louisiana's roads, you consent to a blood alcohol content test. Refusing can result in additional criminal charges, which can garner a conviction even if the original DUI case does not. Your refusal can also result in a driver's license suspension, the terms of which may vary.

Criminal defense: Louisiana woman accused of drive-by shooting

It is difficult to meet someone who does not have some form of social media account. While social media has had a significant impact on how people communicate with one another, some claim that these changes are not always positive, that it can sometimes spark unnecessary conflict. In fact, a woman in Louisiana has recently been arrested and now is likely preparing her criminal defense following an interaction allegedly sparked by a social media dispute.

The incident happened one night on a day in June.  According to reports, two vehicles drove up to a residence where three women were standing. Reports claim that shots were fired from one of the vehicle, injuring all the women. They were transported to the hospital where they are expected to recover.

Criminal defense: Louisiana teen charged with murder

Electronics have revolutionized how people work and protect themselves. For example, surveillance cameras can help provide security for businesses and neighborhoods. However, the footage obtained from these cameras is not always the best quality, often making it difficult to accurately identify a person seen on footage. Despite this potential uncertainty, a teenager in Louisiana is left preparing a criminal defense after he was charged with murder and attempted murder.

The incident that led to the 17-year-old's arrest occurred in Jan. 2017, several months before he was taken into custody. Police say video footage showed a car registered to the mother of the teenager arriving at a scene just prior to a shooting. Police say that the footage shows the teen removing a rifle from the vehicle and walking from the street and then into an alley. Reports claims that he then opened fire on the two victims who were apparently in a vehicle.

Man accused of drunk driving regarding motor vehicle collision

There are multiple different potential causes of a car accident. At night, a person could have more difficulty seeing, especially when cars are stopped or parked illegally. Even if a police officer on the side of the road has his or her lights engaged, for example, those lights can prove more disorienting than helpful. Unfortunately, a Louisiana man has recently been accused of drunk driving following a motor vehicle collision involving a police officer's car.

The incident happened during the early morning hours of a day in early June. According to reports, a police officer had stopped to investigate a vehicle that was illegally parked. The officer claims that he left his emergency lights on as he spoke with the driver of the car in question. The officer claims that he then noticed a sports utility vehicle that concerned him.

Louisiana man likely preparing criminal defense after arrest

The end of a relationship can be complicated, especially if one person has trouble with the decision to end it. Regardless, most couples in Louisiana are able to end their relationship relatively calmly. Unfortunately, police claim that was not the case for one man. He is now left to decide on a criminal defense after multiple charges were filed against him.

The case involves a 21-year-old man and his ex-girlfriend. According to police, the man forced his way into his ex's house where he began threatening her with a knife and hitting her. After the intervention of a juvenile, the woman claims she was able to escape to a neighbor's house and call 911. In the meantime, the man reportedly fled the scene, taking the alleged victim's sports utility vehicle, purse and cellphone with him.

When can sealed juvenile records be reviewed?

If law enforcement arrests your child in Louisiana, this immediately becomes a criminal history linked to a record that may affect future college and job prospects. Fortunately, there is a way to keep a criminal record from ruining his or her future. Depending on the circumstances of the arrest or conviction, you may be able to have the record sealed.

Sealing a record keeps it from being accessible to people who are running a routine background check. Your child may even be able to claim that there is no criminal record when filling out applications. However, there are some situations where certain people may be able to view it.

Supreme Court overturns decision regarding disability in divorce

Often, couples in Louisiana make the decision to end their marriage after they have spent many years together. For military couples, it may be especially difficult for a spouse to be employed -- should he or she choose -- because of the need to move every few years, making it difficult to contribute to retirement savings. However, former spouses are likely entitled to a portion of retirement benefits from the other spouse under certain circumstances. The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued a ruling that settled a hotly contested issue regarding the division of military disability following a divorce when a former spouse was awarded a share of her husband's retirement pay.

The case involves an Air Force veteran and his former wife. When they divorced in 1991, the woman was awarded half of her ex-husband's military retirement pay. However, in 2005, the man was given a 20 percent disability rating and became eligible for disability pay. Veterans who receive disability pay have to waive the same portion from their retirement pay-- a decision that many choose to do because disability pay is not taxable. In this case, the man was receiving $1,500 in retirement; when he opted to receive $250 a month in disability pay, his month pension pay was reduced to $1,250.

Man faces drug charges following Louisiana traffic stop

While the average person in Louisiana is aware of certain rights provided by the United States Constitution, he or she may be unaware of the entire scope of these rights. As a result, decisions could be made based upon a lack of knowledge, with negative consequences. For example, one man in Louisiana now faces drug charges following a traffic stop.

According to reports, the 40-year-old man was pulled over by a trooper with the Louisiana State Police. The trooper claims that the man crossed the center line several times prior to the traffic stop. The man, according to the trooper, was acting nervously following the stop.

How Louisiana’s direct action rule affects car accident lawsuits

Motor vehicle accidents are among the most common reasons why people file personal injury lawsuits. Often a result of careless driving, car crashes can cause severe damage to a person’s health and finances, with repercussions that many victims continue to feel for many years afterward.

As the victim of a car accident, you may think mostly of the other vehicle’s driver when you talk about filing a case. After all, the other motorist caused the crash and should compensate you for your injuries and expenses. However, most people should know that, when it comes to motor vehicle accidents, insurance companies play a large role.

Man charged with drunk driving following fatal accident

As most drivers are aware, driving at night can be more difficult due to reduced visibility. In some cases, it may be more difficult for drivers to stop in time to avoid unexpected obstacles in the roadway, because they may be unable to see them in time to avoid a collision. Unfortunately, one man is accused of drunk driving in Louisiana following a recent crash involving an allegedly drunk man lying in the road.

The alleged incident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on a day in May. Reports indicate that a 34-year-old male was lying in the road. Unfortunately, he was reportedly struck by a pickup truck driven by a 49-year-old man.

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