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When accused of committing felonies, what you do next matters

Like most Louisiana residents, when you are accused of something, you want to tell your side of the story. However, when you are accused of committing felonies, are under arrest and potentially face serious charges, telling your story without first consulting a criminal defense attorney would probably be a mistake. In fact, any statements you make could end up being used against you in court no matter how innocent they sounded in your head when you made them. 

Facing charges for felonies? Know your Fifth Amendment rights

The U.S. Constitution provides Louisiana residents with certain protections when coming into contact with the criminal justice system. If you have ever watched a crime television show or movie, you probably have heard about the Miranda Rights. One of those rights includes the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution that allows you to remain silent when facing charges for felonies.

Charged with felonies in New Orleans? Watch out for prosecutors

Fans of the New Orleans Saints probably remember that former player Will Smith and his wife were shot on April 9, 2016 in what was described as a traffic dispute. The 29-year-old man charged in that incident was convicted on Dec. 11, 2016 of attempted manslaughter and manslaughter. He was subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison. Now, Cardell Hayes seeks a new trial on the felonies he allegedly committed.

Man charged with felonies will have right to confront witness

Ordinarily, contacting tip lines such as Crimestoppers allows callers to remain anonymous under Louisiana law despite the fact that it does not provide the accused with the right to confront all witnesses against him or her in court. A tipster in a case involving felonies connected to the death of a woman in June 2015 had this protection at one time. However, the judge presiding over the criminal case recently ruled that the tipster's subsequent actions nullified that protection.

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.

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.

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 only requires 10 of 12 jurors to agree on most felonies

Every so often, one of Louisiana's criminal laws is challenged in connection with a case. For instance, the state only requires 10 out of 12 jurors to agree to convict in most felony cases. Unless an accused individual faces the death penalty, a unanimous verdict is not required if he or she is on trial for felonies committed in the state -- even if the individual faces life in prison.

Similar felonies by another man might be the key to freeing a man

Despite the safeguards put into place by the criminal justice system here in the United States, innocent people sometimes end up being convicted of crimes they did not commit. A man who has spent the majority of his life in a Louisiana correctional institution claims that he was wrongfully convicted. He says that another man who was committing similar felonies at the same time actually committed the crime.


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