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Baton Rouge man faces unusual felony charge

Louisiana residents who read this blog frequently know that violent crimes like robbery, rape, assault and murder can carry with them substantial penalties, including a lengthy prison sentence. For this reason, a Baton Rouge resident accused of these types of crimes may want to mount an aggressive defense against the state's charges. What some people might not realize, however, is that Louisiana also has laws on the books that can quickly turn what some might see as obnoxious or provocative behavior into a serious felony charge.

One Baton Rouge man unfortunately found this out the hard way when he was charged with "intentional exposure of the AIDS virus" against a deputy. The man now faces the possibility of a hefty fine and an 11-year prison sentence.

Baton Rouge sobriety checkpoints lead to DUI charges

Drivers could be stopped for various reasons. An officer could suspect that a traffic violation has been committed. In other cases, a driver is questioned and possibly arrested following an accident. Moreover, a driver could be stopped at various checkpoints. This often occurs when authorities seek to deter drunk drivers on the roadways.

In what some Louisiana residents may see as part of a holiday tradition, Baton Rouge authorities conducted more than one field sobriety checkpoint on the local roads in an effort to nab suspected drunk drivers who were reveling during the long Independence Day weekend.

Four detained on allegations of drug trafficking

Louisiana authorities recently arrested four people who were traveling on an interstate in West Baton Rouge Parish after they discovered $500,000 worth of "Molly," a synthetic drug that has been compared to the party drug ecstasy.

Police claim they made a routine traffic stop of a vehicle that was traveling through the area. Apparently, the driver was not using his lane of traffic properly. Police say that during the stop, they noted unusual behavior and decided to call in a drug dog. Allegedly, the drug dog was able to "hit" on the car, alerting authorities to the presence of drugs in the vehicle.

US Supreme Court restricts police inspection of cellphones

As its term winds down for the year, the United States Supreme Court has issued an important decision that will both affect the rights of Louisiana residents accused of crimes and require Louisiana officials to exercise extra care before looking through a suspect's cellphone when they take the suspect into custody.

The Court ruled unanimously that police may not rely on the mere fact that they have arrested someone as a justification for searching that person's cellphone for evidence of crimes. The Court reasoned that in the present day and age, people store a lot of deeply personal information on their phones, and that law enforcement officials must therefore obtain a search warrant before lifting data from these phones.

National prostitution sweep leads to 20 arrests in Baton Rouge

In a story that has attracted national attention, federal agents made arrests across the country for prostitution and related allegations recently. Several people from the Baton Rouge area found themselves involved in this roundup. In all, 20 people, including 3 alleged "pimps" and 17 alleged prostitutes, were charged with sex crimes in connection with this sweep. This sweep, however, is only part of a lengthy federal crackdown on sex trafficking.

People from other cities in Louisiana did not escape from the federal dragnet. Authorities arrested people in New Orleans, Monroe, Alexandria, Lake Charles and Shreveport.

Baton Rouge man faces assault charges

Authorities who serve the Baton Rouge metropolitan area recently took a man into custody, alleging that he attacked his girlfriend and then threatened harm to the woman's family. In addition to assault charges, the man also faces charges of "domestic abuse battery." Like all of those convicted of domestic violence crimes in Louisiana, the man potentially faces serious consequences that could affect him well into the future.

Deputies were called after the man arrived at his home. While he and his girlfriend, the alleged victim in this case, shared the residence, she was reportedly moving out at the time of the incident. According to the woman, the man first tried to choke her, but she got him to stop by striking him with her palm.

Police sweep Internet, make child pornography arrests

The Internet has become commonplace for many in Louisiana. It is a basic part of their everyday lives. Pretty much any type of activity can take place online. Knowing this, police and other law enforcement officials have increased their online presence in order to make sure people -- particularly children -- are safe on the Internet. During June, these efforts will likely be noticed by the community since June is National Internet Safety Month.

In one recent online operation -- Operation Broken Heart -- the Louisiana Internet crimes against children task force has conducted a series of arrests in a one-month sting. In total, 19 people were charged as part of the operation. According to officials, the operation focused on finding and charging individuals engaged in the production, distribution or possession of child pornography. It also included people who were accused of sex tourism online and the online solicitation of children.

Louisiana increases penalties for registered sex offenders

Louisiana police and prosecutors take all crimes seriously. However, certain crimes are subject to aggressive prosecution and have particularly harsh penalties - perhaps sex crimes most of all. Those accused of sex crimes, especially crimes against children, are subject to immediate consequences. When the allegations arise, people can lose their jobs, their friends and suffer a damaged reputation -- all before being found guilty.

If people are found guilty, they can be sentenced to very serious long-term consequences. These penalties include long prison sentences and being required to register on the sex-offender registry. Registered sex offenders can face social stigma and limited housing and employment opportunities. For years after their prison sentences are complete, registered sex offenders may find that they are required to check in with authorities and report their location. Recently, Louisiana passed new legislation -- HB 638 -- which increases penalties for certain individuals who have been convicted of sex crimes. Under this bill, people who do not follow the rules of the sex offender registry following their release from prison can be sentenced to additional time in prison. Even for a first offense, people can be sentenced to between two and 10 years in prison and to a fine of up to $1,000. This prison sentence will include hard labor and will not include the possibly for early release or probation.

Baton Rouge doctor faces charges for selling prescription drugs

A Louisiana physician who practiced in the Baton Rouge area finds his professional reputation and personal liberty at stake after the state accused him of selling unnecessary prescriptions for profit. The man, who is 64 years of age, remains in a local jail and has not yet posted bond. He is charged with the "illegal distribution" of prescription drugs.

Police claim that they began to investigate this doctor about eight months ago, at which time police say that they received complaints about the doctor's behavior. Police now say that, in exchange for payment, the doctor would write a prescription for a controlled substance, even if his patient did not really need the medicine. If the police theories are proven, the doctor would have run afoul of Louisiana state law and would face potential fines and jail time. Moreover, he could also face the loss of his privilege to practice medicine.

Louisiana man arrested on third DUI charge

A man from a town near Baton Rouge is now facing his third DUI charge after being arrested following an accident. In addition to the drunk driving charge, the man also faces allegations of leaving the scene of an accident, drug paraphernalia possession and carrying a handgun.

According to reports, someone drove a vehicle into a house. The vehicle was registered to the man whom police later arrested, and some people say that they saw a man running away from the accident after the driver of the car had plowed through the residence.

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