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Elizabeth B. Carpenter Law Firm is a litigation group focusing on New Orleans Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Cyber Crimes and Personal Injury Law. Each client is offered the individual attention and personal touch of a high end boutique law firm. We are extremely selective in the cases that we accept. Our firm is built on the foundation that every client deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion regardless of the legal issues they are battling.
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New Orleans Criminal Defense Lawyer Elizabeth Carpenter Speaks at the NOPA Annual Educational Seminar on Cyber Crimes
New Orleans Cyber Crimes Attorney
Elizabeth B. Carpenter Law is uniquely qualified to defend clients who have been accused of a Cyber Crimes in New Orleans area. We have represented countless clients in Louisiana Cyber Crimes ranging from Internet Fraud to Child Pornography Offenses. Our knowledge of the law and experience in Computer Crimes Defense gives us the skill you need to effectively challenge the allegations made against you.
New Orleans Criminal Defense Lawyer Elizabeth Carpenter
Speaks at the NOPA Annual Educational Seminar on Cyber Crimes
Elizabeth Carpenter, Esq., a New Orleans cyber crime attorney experienced in sex crime defense, spoke at NOPA’s Annual Educational Seminar on October 26, 2012 about digital forensics and defense in cyber crimes cases.
New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
New Orleans criminal defense attorney Elizabeth Carpenter spoke last Friday in a session titled Cyber Crimes: Digital Forensics and Defense at the Annual Education Seminar in New Orleans, a continuing education seminar organized by the New Orleans Paralegal Association (NOPA).
Sex crimes defense requires a very specific defense strategy backed by extensive investigation and trial preparation—something that not all defense attorneys have a background for. NOPA asked Carpenter to speak at their Annual Education Seminar because she has undergone training in Forensics and DNA Evidence at the National Institute of Justice and the DNA Initiative Project, and because she has extensive experience as a New Orleans child pornography defense attorney and cyber crimes attorney.
Not all defense attorneys are willing or equipped to defend Internet crimes, explained Carpenter. “To form an Internet crimes defense in New Orleans, your attorney has to be familiar with the technology in question. If you’re arrested or served with a search warrant for child pornography or other cyber crimes, a computer forensic technician will go through the hard drive of your computer and write up a forensic report. If your attorney doesn’t know how to read the more technical parts of those reports, they won’t be able to form a strong defense.”
The penalties for cyber crime offenses in Louisiana are severe. The sentencing guidelines for even a first-time offender require a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years and a possible maximum of 10 years without parole per count, along with a fine of up to $10,000. Furthermore, anyone convicted of a child pornography-related cyber crime must register as a sex offender, a requirement that can lead to loss of employment, estrangement from family, and even difficulty finding housing.
“A cyber crime charge is not something that is easy to face,” said Carpenter, “both because of the technical aspects of cases such as these and because of the stigma attached to Internet crimes. It’s important to have someone representing you who is familiar with the procedures involved, and it’s also important to have an attorney who is on your side. My job as a cyber crimes defense attorney isn’t to judge you—it’s to use my experience to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.”
Are you under investigation for or have you been charged with a cyber crime in New Orleans? Contact Elizabeth B Carpenter, a New Orleans Cyber Crimes Defense Attorney at our firm for a consultation about your case today! Available 24/7 at 504-599-5955!
Are you facing criminal charges related to internet child porn?
Child pornography is a serious criminal offense that can be charged in either Federal or State court. This sex crime is punishable by prison, fines and sex offender registration. A New Orleans child pornography defense attorney can help you avoid these penalties by offering you legal guidance and representation regarding your charges.
For more information about child pornography defense visit our dedicated web page focused exclusively to child pornography defense. Available 24/7 at 504-599-5955!
New Orleans DWI DUI Attorney
Louisiana’s new laws regarding DWIs increase consequences for DWI offenders; attorney Carpenter offers experienced, capable representation to help combat them.
New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) August 14, 2012
Criminal defense attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. announced this week the expansion of herNew Orleans DWI services, citing new laws slotted to go into effect on August 1st as prompting a need for more extensive, informed representation for DWI / DUI offenders.
“Louisiana just passed a good five or six laws regarding DWIs and license suspensions, and they’re going to make it harder for attorneys to defend DWIs,” Carpenter said. “This will make it even more important to hire a highly trained and qualified DWI attorney, since only an attorney who knows all of the regulations that law enforcement is required to follow will be equipped to handle these kinds of cases.”
One of the new laws that will soon take effect states that police officers will no longer be required to appear and give testimony in administrative hearings for driver’s license suspension after they make a DWI arrest. Before, if an officer didn’t attend the hearing, the driver’s license could not be suspended; now, Carpenter says, it will be far more difficult to prevent license suspension: “Without an officer present, it’s impossible to perform a cross-examination; without a cross-examination, you can’t argue the case effectively,” she explained. “It’s going to make it extraordinarily difficult to save DWI clients from having their licenses suspended.”
A second new law states that even if a person submits to a breathalyzer test and doesn’t test over the limit, their license can be suspended if law enforcement suspects they are under the influence of marijuana or other drugs and they refuse to submit to urinalysis. Until now, urinalysis refusal was not automatic grounds for license suspension. Furthermore, penalties for a second offense DWI have also been enhanced; if a second DWI arrest occurs within one year of the first arrest, the offender will automatically be sentenced to a mandatory 30-day jail sentence.
Carpenter has completed courses on NHTSA DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing and the breath-testing machine known as the Intoxilyzer 5000—the same courses that police officers take during their own training. Her education in this field allows her to challenge the common errors that police officers make during a DWI arrest; sometimes these errors form enough evidence to have the entire case dismissed.
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Ms. Carpenter has defended nearly every kind of Drinking and Driving case Imaginable. It is very important to consult a DWI attorney immediately after a DWI arrest to preserve your driving privileges. DWI arrests are based solely on officers’ subjective opinions and machines used to measure blood alcohol content can be unreliable, especially when not administered properly. Therefore, DWI defense is very complicated and involves an intricate understanding of the scientific as well as the legal issues. Ms. Carpenter has completed courses on NHTSA DWI Detection and Field Sobriety Testing and the breath testing machine known as the Intoxilyzer 5000. These are the same courses law enforcement must take. This level of dedication to the defense of DWI charges helps helps Ms. Carpenter challenge the common errors that police officers make when arresting citizens for DWI in the New Orleans area. Quite often, these errors form enough evidence to have the entire case dismissed.
New Orleans Attorney Louisiana State Board of Nurses
New Orleans Attorney Elizabeth B.
Carpenter Announces New Service
for Louisiana State Nurses
Carpenter expands practice to include representing nurses before the Louisiana State Board of Nursing in cases including disciplinary, license suspension, and eligibility proceedings.
New Orleans, Louisiana — March 15, 2012
New Orleans-based attorney Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq.announced this week a new service focused on defending nurses before the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.Carpenter will represent nurses facing complaints and charges including, but not limited to, violations of the Nurse Practice Act, patient confidentiality breaches, DWIs, drug or alcohol problems, and failures to complete continuing education credits. She is also offering her services for petitioning for license reinstatement, appeal of license denial, and modification of disciplinary orders already handed down by the board.
The experienced criminal defense attorney explained that her decision to offer this new service stemmed from experiences with someone in her own family becoming seriously ill and spending an extended length of time in an intensive care unit earlier this year.
“I saw firsthand the amount of stress that nurses are under—performing procedures all day, seeing countless patients, dealing with hysterical family members, and working back-to-back, 12-hour shifts—and I realized how easy it is for nurses to be unjustly blamed for something,” said Carpenter. “To my surprise, there are not many attorneys in New Orleans who offer this service; I decided that if nurses needed an advocate here, then I would become one.”
With Carpenter’s help, nurses facing disciplinary actions or license eligibility denials will have the opportunity to petition the Louisiana State Board of Nursing for alternate solutions, such as overlooking past incidents on their record or admitting them conditionally until certain requirements are fulfilled.
“We can’t afford to have experienced, dedicated nurses being denied licenses or removed from their jobs undeservedly—especially now, when there’s a shortage of licensed registered nurses in the state of Louisiana,” said Carpenter. “I look forward to helping some of these exceptional men and women get back into the hospitals where they belong.”
ABOUT ELIZABETH B. CARPENTER, ESQ.
Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. is an experienced New Orleans criminal defense attorney. She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Law School, and is a member and supporter of theLouisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Her law offices have successfully represented clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Lafayette, Plaquemines, St. John, St. Tammany and St. Charles Parishes. Carpenter’s mission is to provide clients with exceptional, personalized, and professional service.
Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq.
New Orleans Criminal Defense News
Exciting News! Today, I secured new office space in the CBD. Our office will be located in Place St. Charles at 201 St. Charles Avenue. We should be completely moved by December 1, 2011. In the summer of 2012, we hope to have a second location in Metairie. Stay tuned for more updates!
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NEW ORLEANS CRIMINAL DEFENSE BLOG
EXPUNGEMENT DAY: This is a community event wherein clients can come to the Dr. Leo S. Butler Community Center in Baton Rouge on Saturday, January 14, 2012 from 9:30 am to 1 pm for free legal advice relating to eligibility for and benefits of expungement. In addition, there will be “Ask A Lawyer” stations where attendees can obtain legal advice concerning housing and employment law issues as well as stations where they can register to vote.