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Drunk driving charge can be unsettling

A death caused by a motor vehicle accident is a tragedy. It can be all the more so if possibly caused by a drunk driver. A recent accident in Louisiana that took the life of a woman and seriously injured another reportedly was the result of drunk driving.

Early in the morning a woman was driving her car when she was hit from behind. The force of the impact caused the car to flip onto its roof and then burst into flames. She was pronounced dead at the scene. According to the coroner's report, her death was caused by burns and smoke inhalation. A passenger in the other vehicle also suffered burn injuries.

Top penalties doctors may face from medical boards

Reaching where you currently are in your medical career doubtless took years of hard work and high financial cost. The road to becoming an established doctor is long and arduous. Unfortunately, all of that can quickly face jeopardy from allegations of unprofessional or criminal conduct.

You may panic and worry about losing your ability to practice. On the other hand, you may not think it is a big deal because the case against you is insufficient. Either way, it is good to know what consequences you are likely to face if Louisiana's medical board finds you guilty, so you can have a realistic perspective and appropriate defense for your situation.

Financial implications need to be understood in gray divorce

The overall divorce rate in Louisiana and the United States in general is declining except in one age group. The divorce rate for those over 50, known as gray divorce, is actually on the increase. While financial concerns are paramount in any marriage dissolution, they can be critical when the parties are near retirement age. This is particularly true if one spouse did not work outside the home.

It is important to come up with a realistic budget for after the separation and make sure it includes immediate big-ticket items that might need to be purchased, as well as preparing for unforeseen expenses. If one is not accustomed to managing the household on a day-to-day basis, make sure that critical expenses are all accounted for. These include things like insurance, everyday expenses and housing costs.

Bike paths not enough protection in drunk driving crash

Bike paths are becoming a popular means to help ensure the safety of bicyclists and cars sharing the same roadways. There are many such bike paths in New Orleans and around Louisiana. On a night in March, they were not enough to protect two cyclists and others from a man who admits to having been intoxicated at the time of a crash. The apparent drunk driving crash resulted in the deaths of two cyclists and injuries to seven others.

A blood test taken from the driver two hours after the crash showed a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.14. The legal limit in Louisiana is .08. The prosecutor in the case believes the defendant's actual BAC at the time of the accident was likely higher and possibly as high as 0.215. Scientifically, there is apparently no way to prove that. At the higher BAC level, the charges against the driver could include crimes of violence that carry a mandatory sentence.

Multiple drunk driving charges can carry heavy penalties

Being charged with a crime in Louisiana is a serious issue. When that crime involves drunk driving the implications of the charges can be far-reaching. It can have a negative impact on one's ability to make a living and provide for one's family as the possibility of having a driver's license suspended is a very real possibility. This is particularly true if it is not a person's first offense.

A man was charged with driving while intoxicated as he was driving a lawn mower on Highway 1 one recent evening. Officers said the accused showed signs of being under the influence when they stopped him and asked him to pull over. The man allegedly refused to submit to a field sobriety test and reportedly issued death threats against the arresting officers.

Drug charges do not negate the presumption of innocence

The drug battle in Louisiana continues to be a time-consuming and labor-intensive issue for law enforcement as they try to get a handle on the problem. One aspect of the crisis that is starting to get more media attention is the number of counterfeit pills being produced that are getting into consumer's hands and possibly causing harm. A recent investigation has resulted in drug charges being brought against a 30-year-old gentleman from Baton Rouge.

A lengthy police investigation led to the arrest of the 30-year-old and 20 others who were charged in connection with what appeared to be a counterfeit pill ring. Those charged are believed to be responsible for the production of thousands of counterfeit pills made to resemble prescription pharmaceuticals. The pills reportedly contained undisclosed amounts of heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Premarital assets can complicate property division

When couples marry later in life, they typically bring a lot more with them than people in their twenties or early thirties may have. One spouse may have a sizeable retirement account and a house. The other may have a condo that the couple plans to rent out. Both spouses have cars, savings accounts and a good deal of personal property.

If the couple has a prenuptial agreement and decides to divorce, it may simplify the process considerably. But without one, how will they handle property division?

Inclement weather, a car accident and a drunk driving arrest

The recent inclement weather in Louisiana gave rise to multiple car accidents. The heavy amount of rain and water on the roadways can create flooding and hazardous driving conditions. One accident resulted in the driver facing charges for drunk driving and drug possession. The accident occurred on the northbound side of I-10 near Baton Rouge.

Police officers had been apprised of a wreck and found an SUV in a ditch when they arrived at the site of the accident. The vehicle was resting on its side. The driver, who did not appear to have suffered any serious injuries, reportedly told the officers that he had been drinking. Officers then conducted a pat-down search of the man.

Criminal defense can focus on rehabilitation in juvenile crime

Violence is a significant part of Louisiana's landscape. Video games that are pervasive among youth and the proliferation of guns may contribute to the increase in crimes allegedly committed by juveniles and the need for compassion in their criminal defense. A child who is suspected of committing a violent crime can benefit from a compassionate defense and a court that focuses on rehabilitation in lieu of punishment.

In a recent case in New Orleans, a 12-year-old boy has been detained following an apparent shooting at his home. The boy's mother is said to have suffered a gunshot wound to the head. She was rushed to a hospital by first responders who had responded to an emergency call. It was not clear who made the call. The woman is in the hospital and is said to be in critical condition.

Proper procedures important in connection with drug charges

The drug crisis in Louisiana continues unabated, and drugs that may have been on the decrease in popularity and availability seem to be resurging. Methamphetamine is one such drug, and a man from Rodessa was caught up in a police investigation that resulted in his being accused of drug charges. He was arrested and charged following a lengthy investigation.

Police claimed that the man was the owner of three properties in Shreveport that were being used in the distribution of illegal narcotics. Officers involved in the investigation claimed that the accused was selling marijuana from two properties, while a tenant was selling drugs from a third property. The police conducted surveillance on the properties and said they observed frequent travel by the accused between the properties immediately before and following the alleged drug sales.

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