Archive for March 2013
New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney
Attempt to Commit a Crime — La RS 14:27
Any person who, having a specific intent to commit a crime, does or omits an act for the purpose of and tending directly toward the accomplishing of his object is guilty of an attempt to commit the offense intended; and it shall be immaterial whether, under the circumstances, he would have actually accomplished his purpose.
Mere preparation to commit a crime shall not be sufficient to constitute an attempt; but lying in wait with a dangerous weapon with the intent to commit a crime, or searching for the intended victim with a dangerous weapon with the intent to commit a crime, shall be sufficient to constitute an attempt to commit the offense intended.
Further, the placing of any combustible or explosive substance in or near any structure, watercraft, movable, or forestland, with the specific intent eventually to set fire to or to damage by explosive substance such structure, watercraft, movable, or forestland, shall be sufficient to constitute an attempt to commit the crime of arson as defined in R.S. 14:51 through 53.
An attempt is a separate but lesser grade of the intended crime; and any person may be convicted of an attempt to commit a crime, although it appears on the trial that the crime intended or attempted was actually perpetrated by such person in pursuance of such attempt.
Whoever attempts to commit any crime shall be punished as follows:
If the offense so attempted is punishable by death or life imprisonment, he shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than 10 nor more than 50 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
If the offense so attempted is punishable by death or life imprisonment and is attempted against an individual who is a peace officer engaged in the performance of his lawful duty, he shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not less than 20 nor more than 50 years without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence.
If the offense so attempted is theft or receiving stolen things, and is not punishable as a felony, he shall be fined not more than 200.00 dollars, imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both.
If the offense so attempted is receiving stolen things, and is punishable as a felony, he shall be fined not more than 200.00 dollars, imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.
If the offense so attempted is theft of an amount not less than 300.00 dollars nor more than 5,000.00 dollars, he shall be fined not more than 500.00 dollars, imprisoned for not more than 1 year, or both.
If the offense so attempted is theft of an amount over 5,000.00 dollars, he shall be fined not more than 2,000.00 dollars, imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than 5 years, or both.
In all other cases he shall be fined or imprisoned or both, in the same manner as for the offense attempted; such fine or imprisonment shall not exceed one-half of the largest fine, or one-half of the longest term of imprisonment prescribed for the offense so attempted, or both.
If you or a loved one is facing a criminal offense, contact New Orleans Criminal Attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter for a consultation. We are ready to start working on your case today!
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Louisiana Definition of Criminal Conspiracy
Criminal Conspiracy — La RS 14:26
Criminal conspiracy is the agreement or combination of two or more persons for the specific purpose of committing any crime; provided that an agreement or combination to commit a crime shall not amount to a criminal conspiracy unless, in addition to such agreement or combination, one or more of such parties does an act in furtherance of the object of the agreement or combination.
If the intended basic crime has been consummated, the conspirators may be tried for either the conspiracy or the completed offense, and a conviction for one shall not bar prosecution for the other.
Whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit any crime shall be fined or imprisoned, or both, in the same manner as for the offense contemplated by the conspirators; provided, however, whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit a crime punishable by death or life imprisonment shall be imprisoned at hard labor for not more than 30 years.
Whoever is a party to a criminal conspiracy to commit any other crime shall be fined or imprisoned, or both, in the same manner as for the offense contemplated by the conspirators; but such fine or imprisonment shall not exceed 1/2 of the largest fine, or 1/2 the longest term of imprisonment prescribed for such offense, or both.
If you or a loved one is facing a criminal offense in the New Orleans area, contact Criminal Defense Attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter for a consultation. We are here to defend you!
New Orleans Weapons Crimes Attorney
The Louisiana News Bureau has just announced a proposed bill that aims to create the crime of unlawful storage of a firearm. This is House Bill 4 by Rep Norton.The proposed law provides that it is unlawful to keep or store a firearm unless it is in a locked container or is equipped with a lock to render the firearm inoperable.
The law proposes the following penalties:
First violation of a fine of not more than $300.
Second or subsequent violation of a fine of not more than $500, imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.
Proposed law creates an exception if the firearm is on the person or is in use.
With all due respect to Rep. Norton, I think that this is the most ridiculous piece of legislation. I would like to understand the purpose of it. Will this make the public safer? In light of the recent gun related tragedies in Colorado and Connecticut, I think that we are going to see a lot of proposed frivolous legislation such as this. Again, I think that this in a legislative intent to fix a symptom instead of a problem. What was the real issue in the recent massacres in Co. and Ct? The lack of sufficient funding and options for mental health treatment in this country.
If you have been accused of a gun or weapons crime in the New Orleans area, contact Elizabeth B. Carpenter to schedule a consultation. We are ready to take action and stand by your side.
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New Bill Would Eradicate Mandatory Minimum Sentences For
Marijuana Possession In Louisiana
Both the Louisiana House and Senate will reconvene for the 2013 Legislative Session in April 8, 2013. As an attorney, I subscribe to email alerts regarding legislative news. This evening I was thrilled to see a proposed bill that would eradicate mandatory minimum sentences for Marijuana Possession.
This bill is House Bill 103, sponsored by state Rep. Austin Badon, D-New Orleans. The proposed bill will lessen penalties for repeat offenders and not subject offenders to Louisiana’s Habitual Offender Law (RS La 15:529.1). This new law would also apply to synthetic cannabinoids.
I am actually opposed to the legalization of synthetic cannabinoids due to the severe health complications associated with its use. Of course, complete legalization of Marijuana would obliterate the demand for synthetic cannabinoids.
As a final thought, I think that Representative Badon is going to have a battle to fight in Baton Rouge over this new bill. The state and local governments as well as substance abuse clinics love the money that they can extort out of people who are found guilty of Marijuana Possession.
The following is a chart demonstrating the proposed changes to the law:
If you or a loved one has been charged with a Marijuana Offense in New Orleans area. Contact a New Orleans Drug Crime Attorney – Elizabeth B. Carpenter. We offer discounted fee for Marijuana Offenses!