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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 »

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  Litigating Claims Under the P.L.R.A. Under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, prisoners shall be protected from inhumane treatment or anything considered to be “cruel and unusual” while they are incarcerated in a U.S. Prison. When the Eighth Amendment was first passed to protect prisoners, “cruel and unusual” meant extreme forms of torture… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Legislative News, Sex Crimes.

  New Louisiana Laws Aim to Crack Down on Human Trafficking In the eyes of some social-service agencies and law-enforcement officials, Louisiana has proven to be a hub for human trafficking. Young women – some under 18, some a little older — are regularly brought into the state, or recruited from within, and allegedly forced… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Legislative News, Sex Crimes.

  Proposed Louisiana law seeks to further erode privacy of sex-offender registrants   The Louisiana State Senate on May 24 passed House Bill 1146, which aims to give the public access to email addresses and online screen names of registered sex offenders. House members passed it earlier in May. The impetus behind the bill, which… Read more »

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

  Welch vs. United States: Supreme Court Holds that Johnson vs. United States is Retroactive A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling may make it possible for some convicted felons who were later sent to prison for possessing a firearm to obtain relief from their sentences. The issues surrounding the Court’s new attitude toward firearm-possession rules… Read more »

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  Bills to regulate drones hovering in Louisiana Legislature Amid booming sales of drones (unmanned aircraft) across the nation, states are trying to figure out how to regulate their commercial and recreational use. In many cases, lawmakers at the state and federal level are debating whether regulations are needed, given that most statutes already address… Read more »

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  2016 Legislative session to address gun, marijuana, job laws The regular session of the Louisiana Legislature got underway March 14 and continues through June 6. While the big question concerns how lawmakers plan to balance the state’s gaping billion-dollar-plus budget hole, a variety of bills concerning guns and drugs are being monitored by criminal-defense… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Drug Crimes, Marijuana Legalization, Municipal Offenses, Penalties.

  Penalties for Marijuana Possession Reduced in New Orleans About a month ago, I wrote about the possibility of the New Orleans City Counsel reducing the penalties for possession of Marijuana in the city limits. The Counsel voted unanimously on March 17 to allow police more leeway in issuing citations for simple marijuana possession. The… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Crimes Defined, Legislative News, Sex Crimes.

  Misdemeanor Sexual Battery During the 2015 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers created the crime of misdemeanor sexual battery.  This offense is defined as the following:   The intentional touching of the breasts or buttocks of the victim by the offender, or the offender by the victim, using any instrumentality or any part of the body… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Cyber Crimes, Legislative News, Uncategorized.

  Unlawful distribution of material harmful to minors through the Internet — La. R.S. 14:91.14 This criminal offense was created by Louisiana lawmakers during the 2015 legislative session. This statute went into effect on August 1, 2015.   Any person or entity in Louisiana that publishes material harmful to minors on the Internet shall, prior… Read more »