Louisiana residents who are recovering from a serious injury or having trouble letting go of their anxieties may find themselves taking prescription medicines to ease their pain. But, they may not be aware that the medicines in their cabinets are considered controlled substances and it is illegal to possess them.
Even though state and federal criminal charges may sound similar to the ear, legally speaking, they are often not. If someone is facing federal charges, they may be facing higher fines and longer prison sentences. Since there is more on the line to lose, it is even more important to consider mounting a strong defense when federal drug charges are imminent, which often results if federal agencies are involved.
Legally speaking, an arrest is not the same as a conviction. The charges may be dropped and an arrested person released from custody for various reasons, including, but not limited to, the fact that someone else has been charged with committing the crime. An arrest is generally not considered proof that the arrested person engaged in the criminal conduct they were charged with. A conviction, on the other hand, is a different matter-it is often more than likely that the person engaged in the conduct they were charged with.
When Louisiana residents hear the term 'possession with intent to distribute, they may think, how does one know what one's intent was-how is it possible to prove intent in order to charge someone with this crime? The answer is not so clear cut-federal law requires that three elements be proven in order to face these charges: possession, intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute. Under federal law, the crime has not been committed until all three prongs are satisfied.
Being arrested for a serious crime such as robbery in New Orleans can be frightening. Those who find themselves in this situation may feel overwhelmed with the legal system and unsure what to do with their criminal defense case. A Terrytown man recently was arrested for armed robbery of a Marrero store.
Every year, thousands of individuals throughout the country face domestic violence charges. It is certainly not a controversial stance to say that domestic violence destroys lives of its victims, but the truth of the matter is that domestic violence charges also destroy lives.