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Strategies for combating mass incarceration

One thing national headlines focus on when it comes to Louisiana is the size of the prison populations here. It is one of the highest rates of incarceration in the United States and the world. Understanding the problem is important, but the next step, coming up with a solution, is the true challenge.

Considerations for parents with kids facing charges

There is nothing funny about your children facing criminal charges, and knowing what to do in a situation may make you feel hopeless will help decrease your anxiety. When standing between your child and the law, you have to take a realistic approach and consider the best way to move forward.

When can I appeal a conviction?

When a trial court makes a decision, there is an assumption that their finding is the correct one and higher courts are hesitant to hear an appeal from the lower court. In order to hear it, the it must be demonstrated to the appellate court that there was an error in the trial and this was either a substantial error or a material one. This basically rules out harmless errors-those that are not likely to make a substantial difference in the result of the trial as they do not affect the defendant's substantial rights.

How serious is illegal possession or use of a prescription drug?

Some substances are legal when prescribed by a doctor, but that does not make them legal for everybody. Possession of a prescription drug without a prescription can result in serious penalties and may even be considered a felony. A drug possession charge could have major consequences in your life so here are some important points you should know: 

Musician facing misdemeanor drug possession charges

When one is a performer in the public eye, their image is very important. They work hard to maintain good repute in front of people of all ages and walks of life, as their work is to be enjoyed by the mainstream public. Any accusations of wayward behavior could prove detrimental to their image and therefore their livelihood-when those accusations translate into charges of criminal activity, it could cause irreparable damage.

Increase in DUI arrests across the state on Labor Day weekend

There are certain times of the year when law enforcement agencies crack down on drunk driving across the country, and Labor Day is one of those times. Authorities also advertise the number of stops conducted and arrests made on these events. As a result of the public pressure and push for taking a serious line against drunk drivers, many people may find themselves facing charges they did not anticipate or stopped for reasons that are not permissible.

Don't shy away from availing constitutional right to attorney

As mentioned in last week's post, even when one is facing serious criminal charges, they have certain constitutional protections that are available to them and that they should avail. One of those rights, as enumerated in the Miranda warnings, is the right to an attorney and speaking to one as soon as one is facing criminal charges is beneficial for the accused.

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