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What is a suspended sentence?

Some people in Louisiana may hear about what lawyers and judges call a "suspended sentence." In Louisiana, a judge can suspend a sentence for most criminal convictions, including a conviction following a felony charge.

A suspended sentence is a sentence that a judge "suspends" ever the head of the defendant, meaning that the defendant does not go to jail immediately but will usually have to go through a period of probation. If the person completes probation without incident, then the person does not have to worry about going to jail all.

New Louisiana laws will make DWI convictions more serious

Last year, the Louisiana legislature passed a number of laws, many of which went in to effect a few weeks ago at the beginning of 2015. Some of these laws will impact those Baton Rouge residents who unfortunately find themselves being accused of a crime.

Perhaps in response to ongoing public pressure, the legislature toughened up the state's DUI laws. Under the new laws, a person who gets convicted of a DUI charge, even a first-time offense, could face a minimum of 10 days behind bars. Those who repeat a DUI one time will, according to sources, face 30 days in jail. In addition to the jail sentence, those convicted may also have to perform 34 hours of mandatory community service.

How we fight against child sexual abuse charges

Last week's post discussed how Louisianans from different backgrounds and experiences can find themselves facing a charge of child sexual abuse. Even behavior that in of itself might not be illegal can still arouse the suspicion of authorities, and one report that seems credible to Louisiana prosecutors and police can mean that a person is looking at a substantial time in prison and the potential of a lifetime of social stigma.

If you or a loved one is contacted by the police over an allegation of child sexual abuse, it is important that the accused realize that he or she has certain legal rights. Experienced sex crime attorneys like those at The Law Offices of Ossie Brown can help advise a person under investigation on to how to proceed. What a person says or does during this important time can make or break a person's case.

Baton Rouge woman accused of rape against a child

Many people both in Louisiana and in other parts of the country may have the impression that a sexual predator or a perpetrator of illegal sexual acts is usually an older, "creepy" male with something obviously deeply disturbing about him.

In fact, though, Baton Rouge residents of all ages and walks of life can find themselves accused of one of the many different types of Louisiana sex crimes. As a case in point, a young woman from Baton Rouge has been arrested on various charges, including "aggravated rape," based on an alleged relationship with an underage boy.

Online anonymity result in alleged internet crimes

The Internet can seem like an impossibly anonymous place when compared to the friendly atmosphere of Baton Rouge. Anyone who can access the Internet may choose to create alternate personas or use pseudonyms to obscure his actual identity; the truth is that when a person is online he may never really know with whom he is trying to communicate. Even when a person is engaged in what he believes is a harmless communication he could actually be committing a crime and potentially be monitored by law enforcement authorities.

Since the use of online services has dramatically risen in the last two decades, so too has the need for legislators to increase the protections for users of the information gateway. Crimes such as cyber bullying, internet fraud and hacking did not exist in their online forms a generation ago. Actions that were once only punishable in tangible life are now crimes when perpetrated through electronic means.

What is Gwen's Law?

Earlier this year, the Louisiana State Legislature passed "Gwen's Law" in the wake of a terrible tragedy that ended with the death of both a young mother and her estranged husband. While the supporters of Gwen's Law no doubt had the best of intentions, the law has wide-ranging implications that could affect the rights of ordinary Louisianans who happen to be accused of a making a first-time mistake.

Legislators enacted Gwen's Law after a man, who was on bond for threatening his wife and daughter, wound up killing the woman before committing suicide. The law provides for a court hearing a domestic violence manner to issue a protection order as a condition of a person's bail.

Baton Rouge raids lead to 11 arrests on drug charges

Eleven people who were living in the Baton Rouge area are now facing allegations that they were engaging in drug distribution after Baton Rouge authorities conducted a series of raids on various locations throughout the Baton Rouge area.

The men and women who were arrested all must now deal with drug charges of various types, but all of which carry with them serious consequences, including the possibility of prison time. According to police, the raids yielded over $100,000 cash, several different types of drugs and various firearms. Police say that among the firearms, they located a grenade launcher.

We handle drug and drugged driving cases

Several of our recent posts have discussed the variety of legal trouble that Louisiana residents can run into because of prescription drugs or other forms of controlled substances. In addition to having to be on alert for the possibility of being accused of drug possession, a person who needs prescription drug can also find himself or herself looking at an OWI conviction.

Just like alcohol, drugs, even legal prescription drugs, can affect a person's ability to drive. This means that a person who wants to drive on the Louisiana roads needs both to be aware of how he or she responds to a prescription drug and to read the warning labels on the drug.

An overview of federal drug schedules

Several of the recent posts on this blog have discussed the drug laws of Louisiana and how they apply both to ordinary citizens and to medical professionals. Particularly, these posts have discussed charges related to use or dispensation of prescription drugs.

As many Louisianans who follow this blog know, drug charges related to the alleged misuse of prescription drugs can have serious consequences, including the possibility of a felony conviction and even a lengthy prison sentence. What some might not quite understand, however, is what exactly a federally controlled substance is and how a drug or medicine comes to be considered such.

What is 'doctor shopping'?

Residents of Louisiana who read this blog may have seen last week's post describing how several people were allegedly engaging in break-in's at pharmacies in order to get access to valuable prescription drugs. These prescription drugs can be re-sold on the black market, and they can also be used and abused by the people who acquire them.

People of Louisiana should remember that, in any event, doing something dramatic liking breaking in to a pharmacy or forging a prescription are not the only ways a person can run afoul of Louisiana law while seeking drugs. Even if they are doing so for legitimate purposes, Louisianans can find themselves facing a felony conviction and serious consequences by engaging in so-called "doctor shopping."

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