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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.

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.

Does my arrest stay on my record?

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.

Man arrested for armed robbery of store

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.

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