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    This Blog is for general information purposes only.  While we do our best to keep all our posts updated, the Louisiana legislature makes changes to our laws every year.  Unfortunately, we sometimes unintentionally fail to make appropriate updates.  If you have any specific questions, please contact our firm.  We are here to assist you with your… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Crimes Defined, Federal Crimes.

  Federal Bankruptcy Fraud Bankruptcy fraud is a federal criminal offense. These cases are investigated by the United States Trustee Program, which is a component of the Department of Justice responsible for overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases and private trustees under 28 U.S.C. §586 and 11 U.S.C. §101, et seq. It consists of 21… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Criminal Statutes, Cyber Crimes, Legislative News.

  Louisiana Joins Trend of States Banning ‘Revenge Porn’ “Vengeance is mine” is a quote often attributed to God by Bible followers. (Romans: 12:19, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”) It encourages people to leave justice to a higher power in lieu of taking matters into their own hands.   But, “vengeance… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Case Law, Parole, Prison -- Louisiana.

  Price v. Wade Correctional Center Should individuals who violate parole conditions after completing a prison term lose the lion’s share of the good-time credit they previously earned while incarcerated? Not according to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which recently ruled in favor of a man who was denied his good-time credits by the… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Case Law, U.S. Supreme Court.

  Supreme Court Rules Executions Performed With Controversial Drugs Not Unconstitutional Another day, another 5-4 split on the U.S. Supreme Court along ideological lines. I’m referring to the recent high-court decision in which held that executions carried out by a controversial three-drug protocol did not constitute “cruel and unusual punishment” under the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment. Lead… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Case Law, Search and Seizure, U.S. Supreme Court.

  Florence vs. County of Burlington: United States Supreme Court Rules Strip Searches in Jails are always Legal Recently, I had a client who was charged with with simple possession of marijuana. He was actually arrested for an outstanding traffic ticket attachment when the deputies allegedly found a joint on him after a strip search…. Read more »

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  Carjacking Crimes — Federal Law The statute for federal carjacking is found at 18 U.S.C.A. § 2119. Under federal law, carjacking is the taking of a motor vehicle that has been transported, shipped, or received in interstate or foreign commerce from the person or presence of another by force and violence or by intimidation, or… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Case Law, Computer Crimes, Search and Seizure.

  Issues of Privacy Rights Pertaining to Computers and other Electronic Devices Winding Their Way Through the Courts In a separate web posting I detailed the ruling and background pertaining to Riley v. California, a 2014 U.S. Supreme Court decision which said that police cannot search the contents of a cell phone without a judicial… Read more »

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  Riley v. California: Supreme Court of the United States Says Law Enforcement May Not Look at Contents of Cell Phone without Warrant Can a cop seize your smart phone or flip-top phone and have his way with it — combing through such devices (despite the lack of a search warrant) in a desperate effort… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Criminal Statutes, Traffic Tickets.

  Failure to pay bridge or bridge-causeway toll — La. R.S. 14:71.2 Have you ever wondered, what happens to that guy in front of you who just plows through the toll booth without paying? The law in Louisiana for this offense is very specific. A Failure to pay bridge or bridge-causeway toll is the intentional… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Case Law, Jury, U.S. Supreme Court.

  Court Agrees to Hear Matter Pertaining to Exclusion of Black Jurors in Georgia Murder Trial – Foster v. Humphrey The famous U.S. Supreme Court case of Batson v. Kentucky in 1986 ruled that prosecutors could not use peremptory challenges (the dismissal of jurors without having to state a valid cause) during a criminal trial… Read more »