U.S. Veterans and the criminal justice system

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    New Orleans-area Criminal Courts Trying to Help Troubled Veterans During the recent Veterans Day holiday, like most people in America, I was thinking about the plight of former soldiers. A large number of veterans are plagued by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and other mental-health issues. They are dealing with substance abuse, financial… Read more »

Montgomery vs. Louisiana – U.S. Supreme Court Hears Arguments

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  Montgomery v. Louisiana: Retroactive Application of Miller v. Alabama Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court debated whether a 2012 decision (Miller v. Alabama) – which struck down state laws imposing a mandatory and automatic life sentence without parole on juvenile convicted of homicide – should apply retroactively. At the time, the decision was meant… Read more »

Preliminary Versions of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

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  U.S. Senate and House Introduce Separate Versions of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015   Committees from both the U.S. Senate and the House have introduced bills that could reform federal sentencing. Below is a brief recap of each piece of legislation.   Senate Bill Reduces the enhanced penalties that apply to repeat… Read more »

Overview of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

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  What are the Federal Sentencing Guidelines? The federal sentencing guidelines are rules that federal judges are required to consider when sentencing someone who has been convicted of a crime.   These guidelines are written by the U.S. Sentencing Commission, an independent government agency that is part of the judicial branch of the federal government…. Read more »

U.S. Sentencing Commission 2014 Overview of Federal Criminal Cases

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  Sentencing Commission Overview of Federal Criminal Cases Fiscal Year 2014 The Sentencing Commission has published an overview of the 75,998 federal criminal cases in which the offender was sentenced in fiscal year 2014. Among these cases, 75,836 involved an individual offender and 162 involved a corporation/“organizational” offender. In fiscal year 2014:   24,011 drug… Read more »

U.S. Sentencing Commission Weighs Lesser Penalties White Collar Crimes

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  U.S. Sentencing Commission considers softer sentences for white collar crimes In the coming year the Feds will consider changes to sentencing guidelines for some white-collar crimes. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year reduced guideline ranges for nonviolent drug crimes, unanimously approved its latest set of items on the books. The top priority will… Read more »

Parole Eligibility Laws — Louisiana

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  Happy New Year!  I know that my blog has been rather quiet lately. The past few weeks have been packed with good food, family and friends,making goals for the new year and planning how I intend to accomplish said goals.  Anyway, I am back and ready to serve up some information onLouisiana criminal laws… Read more »

SUMMARY OF THE MULTIPLE OFFENDER LAW — Louisiana

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  Habitual Offender Law New Orleans SUMMARY OF THE MULTIPLE OFFENDER LAW  — La R.S. 15:529.1 The District Attorney may charge a person as a multiple or habitual offender after that person has been convicted of more than one felony. A felony is any crime which is punishable by imprisonment at hard labor. Common felonies include… Read more »

New Bill Would Eradicate Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Marijuana Possession In Louisiana

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New Orleans Drug Crimes Defense Attorney   Elizabeth B. Carpenter Law — New Orleans Marijuana Defense Attorney   Serving Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. John, Baton Rouge, St. Charles, Plaquemines Parishes.   New Bill Would Eradicate Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Marijuana Possession In Louisiana   Both the Louisiana House and Senate will reconvene for the… Read more »