Changing Directions: A Case for a Modern and Empirical Approach to Pretrial Detention and Bail In many jurisdictions within Louisiana, Bail is set by a Judge upon the issuance of a warrant. That warrant is either issued before the arrest is made[1] or within 48 hours of an arrest[2]. In either event, the judge reliesContinue reading

Name Changes: Paperwork, Bureaucracy, and Headache

There are many scenarios wherein people need to change their name or the names of their loved ones. The most common scenario involves people who have recently been married or divorced. However, there are other situations in which a name change may be appropriate. Picture this, you just got married, you went on an amazingContinue reading “Name Changes: Paperwork, Bureaucracy, and Headache”

Grand Theft Auto VI: SWLA

Carjacking is the intentional taking of another person’s motor vehicle that occurs when the driver or passenger are present. This is only the first difference between this charge and the others in this article. Arguably more important is that this charge requires that the state prove the use of force or intimidation. If convicted ofContinue reading Grand Theft Auto VI: SWLA

Arrests, Convictions & the 2nd Amendment

Can you own/possess a firearm after a felony conviction?   Federal Law prohibits the ownership or possession of a firearm if you have been convicted in a federal court of any crime that has a possible punishment of more than one year. (even if you weren’t actually sentenced to one year) In Louisiana, if youContinue reading “Arrests, Convictions & the 2nd Amendment”

Bail or bust: Should you post bail?

Imagine that you are at home when you get a call from a friend or family member asking if you can bond them out of jail. Before you bond your friend or family member out of jail, you should know what entails. Posting bail for someone is often stressful but if you are prepared, it can greatly reduce the amount of stress the process creates.

DUI: What you need to know

Most people have had one too many and gotten behind the wheel. In fact, on average, a convicted drunk driver has driven drunk 80 times before his or her first arrest. Let’s set the scene. It’s a Friday night and you were at your favorite local watering hole with some friends. You had a couple drinks and you decided to go home. First thing you should always do, is take an Uber, Lyft, taxi, or call a designated driver. This is ALWAYS the safer and cheaper option. However, if you do drive under the influence, you need to be aware of important information.

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