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Understanding ignition interlock device regulations

Louisiana is one of eight states across the country that allow attachment of ignition interlock devices to vehicles even if the person is a first-time offender of drunk driving. This is a considerably serious provision, as not only is an ignition interlock device costly to install, it also prevents the driver from having a preset alcohol limit (even within a legal limit) while driving.

What is the pre-trial diversion program?

It is human to err-everyone make mistakes sometimes. When those mistakes are related to breaking the law, the person making the mistake ends up facing long-term consequences that can affect the rest of their lives. However, when the person who has broken the law is a first-time offender and facing charges for non-violent offenses, such as drug charges similar to simple possession, it may be possible for the person charged to avail themselves of the drug-diversion program in Louisiana.

What areas can be searched with a search warrant?

Louisiana residents have seen enough procedural dramas on television to know that police officers need a warrant before entering their house. Unfortunately, though, they don't know more than that-they may not be aware that the warrant specifies which areas may be searched and which people can be searched and only the sought after evidence may be searched for. That means that police officers can only search places where they may reasonably find the evidence-officers searching for a rifle may not look inside a jewelery box.

Why should I accept a plea bargain?

Louisiana residents probably know they have the constitutional right to a trial by their peers, but going through a criminal trial may not be the best way to defend oneself in every situation. Depending on the circumstances, individuals facing criminal charges may not want to go through the criminal justice system and their defense may be possible in another way-through plea negotiation.

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