When it comes to criminal charges, people in Louisiana and other areas of the country who lack legal training and experience are often unsure of the steps that follow an arrest. Without help, the most basic aspects of building a criminal defense may be out of their reach. For example, a man charged with attempted murder is likely wondering about his options.
The charges stem from an alleged incident that occurred in late August outside of a hair salon. Police claim that a 25-year-old man and and 21-year-old man became involved in a physical altercation. The former is believed to have shot at the latter, who then fired back. Both men were transported to the hospital in personal vehicles.
An employee of the salon who was taking a break outside was also injured. While reports indicate that a bullet grazed his hip, breaking his leg, the severity of the other two mens' injuries is uncertain. Criminal charges have since been filed against both men. The older man faces charges of attempted murder while the younger man is accused of being a felon in possession of a gun.
It is unclear what caused the altercation between the two men or if the man now accused of attempted murder may have been concerned for his life. To help him build an effective criminal defense, he may choose to hire an experienced Louisiana attorney. Such a professional can help him make critical decisions throughout the process, including whether to accept a plea deal or fight the charges in court.
Source: nola.com, "Man booked in gun battle outside Magazine Street salon", Emily Lane, Aug. 31, 2017