Posted by & filed under U.S. Supreme Court, Weapons Crimes.

  May a felon sell rather than give up his guns? By: Elizabeth B. Carpenter — Firearm Defense Attorney New Orleans   The Unites State Supreme Court has agreed to examine this issue during the present session in the case Henderson vs. United States.     This case centers on Tony Henderson, a former U.S. Border… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Prostitution Legalization.

  7 Reasons Prostitution Should Be Legalized   By Elizabeth Bagert Carpenter — New Orleans Prostitution Attorney   The subject of prostitution has been analyzed and discussed for thousands of years. It was around 5000 years ago that civilized societies started to regulate prostitution. Those in power decided to use the mutual exchange of sex… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Drug Crimes, Federal Law.

  The federal government announced that more than 65 prescription medications containing the most widely-prescribed painkiller, hydrocodone, will now be subject to new, stricter federal prescribing rules as of this past week.   The new regulations published by the DEA will make medications which contain hydrocodone subject to the same restrictions as other narcotics such as… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Expungement.

  The $25,000 question: Who can see my expunged record?   By Elizabeth B. Carpenter — New Orleans Expungement Attorney   In my law practice, every client wants and needs to know whether he needs to state that he has had a criminal record expunged on a job application.The answer to this question is often best… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Crimes Defined, Domestic Violence Battery, Legislative News, Weapons Crimes.

  During the 2014 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers added and modified many laws pertaining to domestic violence.  One of the most significant actions taken was the creation of Louisiana Revised Statute 14:95.10, which prohibits someone previously convicted of domestic abuse battery from possessing a firearm or carrying a concealed weapon for 10 years. The statute was created… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Federal Law, Sentencing, White Collar Crime.

  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 »

Posted by & filed under Legislative News, Traffic Tickets.

  New Louisiana Traffic Laws 2014 Today is August 1st.  This means that many laws and amendments passed during the 2014 Louisiana Legislative Session will affect motorists throughout the state starting today. Below I have listed a few notable changes affecting motorists.  Please note: the new laws pertaining to DWI arrests and convictions are not included… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Drug Crimes, Federal Law, Sentencing.

  It’s Time to Open these Gates! The U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC) voted in favor of making new federal drug guideline sentence reductions retroactive.   Most of you know by now, our country is in the midst of an incarceration crisis.  Our great nation locks up more, per-capita, than any other nation.  Many of these… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Personal Musings, Prison -- Louisiana, Prison Reform.

  Grief When a Family Member is Incarcerated I just returned to my office after a difficult morning in court.  My client was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison for a crime that I believe does not merit such a harsh penalty.  This is an aspect of my work that I dislike to say the… Read more »

Posted by & filed under Federal Law, Federal Offense, Law Enforcement / Police.

  FACTS, LIES and VIDEOTAPED INTERROGATIONS The Justice Department recently said that the F.B.I. and other federal law enforcement agencies are encouraged to videotape interviews with suspects in most instances. This new policy does not apply in cases where agents need urgent national security-related information that could expose sources or methods or where the interviewed subject… Read more »