Recent roundup leaves scores in need of criminal defense

The New Orleans Police Department recently conducted a roundup of individuals suspected of committing a variety of criminal offenses. The sweep resulted in the arrest of 45 people throughout the city, some of whom are facing charges for murder, attempted murder and other serious charges. Per their constitutional right, these Louisiana residents are entitled to criminal defense counsel to help them fight the charges they face.

Dubbed "Operation New Year Clean Sweep," the roundup is an example of the tactics law enforcement are using to drive down the number of murders and other violent crimes committed in the city. So far, it seems to be working, as the city has registered only nine murders this year compared to 17 during the same time frame last year. In addition, these coordinated efforts have helped reduce the city's violent crimes to the lowest levels in the past 47 years.

During this most recent operation, a 28-year-old man was charged with second-degree murder as well as attempted second-degree murder stemming from a shooting on Christmas Day in Algiers. Also, a 21-year-old man faces murder and attempted murder charges from a shooting during Mardi Gras in 2018. Other charges include attempted second-degree murder following a shooting that left a victim severely wounded as well as charges for armed robbery, robberies not involving weapons, rapes, assaults and more. Along with the New Orleans Police Department, the FBI, and U.S. Marshals Service and the Louisiana State Police all assisted with the arrests.

As noble as it is to try to rid the streets of violent criminals, each of the accused remains innocent in the eyes of the law unless and until convicted in court. As their cases proceed to trial, each of the accused is likely looking into his or her options for mounting an effective criminal defense. Working alongside competent and aggressive legal counsel can help ensure their rights are protected and may increase their chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate, "'Clean Sweep' operation nets 40-plus arrests across New Orleans, some for murder, NOPD says", Ramon Antonio Vargas, JAN 29, 2019

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