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Being charged with serious felonies like murder is frightening

Being charged with any felony is enough to make a Louisiana resident fearful. When those felonies consist of charges for first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder, the fear can become paralyzing. One man faces these charges after four deaths in two apartments.

Why innocent people confess to crimes

People who have never come into contact with the criminal process may find it hard to understand why anyone would falsely admit to committing a crime. After all, why suffer the legal penalties and public humiliation for something you did not do? However unlikely it sounds, solid facts, including DNA evidence, make it clear that false confessions are more common than people think.

Long awaited sentencing changes for felonies could happen

Louisiana's current sentencing laws vary widely. With 618 possible felonies, the sentencing options can get confusing. This makes it a challenge to determine what the outcome of a particular case might be for any given individual, which means that two people convicted of the same crime could face disparate sentences. In addition, Louisiana has one of the highest incarceration rates in the country.

Fatal auto accidents involving children leave voids in families

Louisiana parents send their children off to school each day, expecting them to return unharmed at the end of the day. Sadly, that does not always happen. When children die in fatal auto accidents, it leaves voids in their families that can never truly be filled.

Will tow truck driver's family file a wrongful death claim?

No one wants to hear that a loved one died in a traffic accident. When that call comes, most people are shocked, need answers and might not know where to turn due to the financial impact of a family member's unexpected death. If that death was caused by the negligence of another, surviving family members might be able to receive restitution through the successful navigation of a wrongful death claim.

Drunk driving charges affect several aspects of a driver's life

Many Louisiana residents might not make the right decision when it comes to getting behind the wheel after drinking. Drunk driving charges could affect both their personal and private lives. That mistake should not derail their lives -- especially without a conviction.

Deciding whether it is a good idea to testify in your own defense

According to the National Association for Court Management, legal organizations in Iowa report as many as 58 percent of cases go to court and involve a party who has no representation. Statistics like these may vary, but it is certainly true that many defendants feel compelled to testify in their own behalf. If you are one of them, you may be wondering whether or not it will be beneficial to your case. There are several things you should consider in making the decision, including the following. You will be under intense scrutiny Many people who elect to represent themselves are unprepared for the intense scrutiny they will be subjected to at the hands of the judge and jury, and of course, the prosecution. It is difficult to determine what presentation, body language and phrasing will be the most persuasive to your audience. The pressure can be overwhelmingly stressful for anybody who has never been in such a situation before.

Are bite marks conclusive forensic evidence in some felonies?

In the past, cases involving certain crimes relied on bite marks, which supposedly identified the culprit. Many people here in Louisiana and across the country could be sitting in prison right now after convictions for felonies based on bite mark evidence. The problem is that forensic experts have serious doubts about the validity of using this type of evidence.

Louisiana's fatal alcohol-related auto accidents are dropping

Even though far too many families lose loved ones on Louisiana's roadways every year, any lives that are saved could be considered a victory of sorts. That is why the news that ignition interlock devices are helping lower the number of fatal alcohol-related auto accidents in the state is good news. These devices are designed to keep drivers who have been convicted of driving under the influence from doing it again.

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