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Youthful indiscretion can lead to need for criminal defense

One's teen years are supposed to be a time of adventure, risk-taking and self-discovery. Too often that can lead a young person down the wrong path. When that path runs afoul of the law, it can leave a young person facing the reality of needing a criminal defense in Louisiana.

According to police reports, three young men, ages 16, 15 and 14, were arrested and charged with armed robbery. The three are being held in the Juvenile Justice Center. They face additional charges of aggravated battery and fleeing from an officer, according to a spokesperson for the New Orleans Police Department.

A traffic stop aided by a K-9 unit leads to drug charges

Seeing flashing red and blue lights in one's rearview mirror is never a pleasant experience. It is advisable to pull over and comply with a Louisiana police officer's requests, which typically begin with a request for a driver's license and registration. A car was pulled over near Larose for improper lane usage. A search resulting from the stop ended with three people facing drug charges.

The car was initially pulled over by narcotics agents who cited the illegal lane use. The officers were joined by a K-9 unit that allegedly detected marijuana in the car. The agents reported that they detected a strong marijuana odor emanating from the car and a subsequent search revealed amounts of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. The driver reportedly had two outstanding warrants for drug distribution.

Drug charges need not leave a person feeling helpless

A new year has arrived but sadly many issues from the old year did not end with it. The drug problem in Louisiana continues to be a major problem. Police from Ouachita Parish are in search of a suspect who is wanted on drug charges as a result of a recent search.

A warrant was recently executed to allow a search of the suspect's home. The suspect reportedly fled as the officers executed the warrant. The officers executed a search of the home located on Foster Street in Monroe. During the search, a young woman was found in the house with her 1-year-old child.

Drug charges have long term ramifications

Law enforcement agencies in Louisiana continue to battle the drug crisis that is consuming so much of the nation. The crisis is a continuing one that shows little sign of abating as we end one year and begin another. The failure of one person to appear in court led to the arrest of three additional people who now face drug charges.

A man who had previously been arrested and charged with possession of schedule II drugs with intent to distribute them failed to appear in court, and so a warrant was issued for his arrest. Officers reportedly observed a vehicle with an illegal license plate on Pitre Street in Terrebonne Parish. After following the vehicle they say they saw the suspect exit the vehicle. As the officers approached the vehicle, the suspect allegedly fled but was later apprehended. Three additional people in the vehicle were arrested and charged with narcotics violations.

Factors that can impact breath test accuracy

Seeing those blue lights come on in your rearview mirror can be a horrible feeling, and you may wind up feeling even worse if the law enforcement official who pulls you over asks you to submit to a breath test. Breath tests, when conducted correctly and under the right conditions, are often precise, but there are several outside factors that can make their results less-than-accurate.

Part of the problem associated with breath test devices is that they typically take an indirect estimate of your blood alcohol content, rather than an official reading. In fact, Alcohol Alert reports that the reading a breath test device produces can vary by as much as 15 percent from your actual blood alcohol content. The penalties associated with drinking and driving in Louisiana are substantial, so if you have any doubt whatsoever that the results of your breath test are accurate, it may serve you well to get to the bottom of things. So, what types of outside factors can affect the accuracy of these devices?

Drunk driving can lead to a bad situation

Winter is often a bad time for car accidents in Louisiana as it ushers in the party season associated with Christmas and New Year's. The holiday festivities frequently include alcohol and people may drink more than normal and may not be aware of how alcohol can affect them when behind the wheel. Sadly, accidents that involve drunk driving frequently result in fatalities.

An accident that occurred in Glades County resulted in two deaths. A Louisiana man is facing charges for manslaughter while under the influence. He is also facing three charges of property damage related to the crash.

Designating a driver is one method of avoiding drunk driving

The holiday season has arrived in Louisiana, and with it the holiday party season. There is a significant increase in the number of parties and other social engagements in the month of December. Many of these engagements will involve alcohol. Sadly, that can also mean an increase in incidents of drunk driving, which can contribute to holiday fatalities.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of fatal crashes caused by drunk drivers increases over the holidays. Last December, there were 20 crashes related to alcohol and 22 fatalities in Louisiana. There are steps that can be taken to lessen the chance of being involved in a drunk driving incident.

Important to know one's rights when facing drug charges

The battle against illegal drugs continues to rage in Louisiana. Law enforcement officers are working tirelessly to attempt to stem the tide of illegal drugs. Undercover investigations can result in arrests and drug charges. The people facing charges are entitled to a defense and are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty in a court of law.

As the result of a recent investigation by the Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office, a shipment of illegal drugs was reportedly intercepted. Based on information received in the course of the investigation, the sheriff's office arrested two suspects. The two were charged with possession with intent to distribute narcotics. One of the suspects also faces charges for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.

Drug charges can have lasting ramifications

The drug crisis in the country and in Louisiana continues unabated. Trafficking in illegal drugs continues to be a major problem. However, it is important to remember that anyone who is arrested and charged with trafficking or possession is presumed innocent of drug charges until proven guilty by a court of law. This is a right that is enshrined in the United States Constitution.

A man was recently arrested on suspicion of transporting large amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana and promethazine. The man and his truck were pulled over on highway 117 between Houston and Natchitoches. A K-9 search of the truck allegedly revealed 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.1 pounds of marijuana and 2 gallons of promethazine syrup.

Mental illness can be a factor in criminal defense

Violent crime is a fact of life in Louisiana and around the country. Any one accused of committing a violent crime is entitled to a criminal defense. This includes a man who was recently arrested and is formally accused in a case of double homicide.

The alleged crime took place when a couple reportedly gave the man a ride from a mall in Shreveport. The couple were also residents of Shreveport. Their bodies were found in a burned-out car on a local street in Shreveport. It is believed that the accused man approached them in the mall parking lot and that they then gave him a ride.

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