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New Orleans Felony Defense Lawyer

Getting arrested can be scary. Knowing that you are facing felony charges can be even scarier. Felony convictions can follow you for the rest of your life, impacting your job, education, social life, and your constitutional rights. Felonies are no laughing matter, as you can see. But fortunately, you can fight them. There are several defenses that an experienced criminal defense lawyer can use to protect your legal rights and reduce your charges and penalties.

You need a strong advocate on your side. That’s where Palazzo Law Firm comes in. Our experienced and aggressive team will work hard to resolve the charges against you. Give us a call and schedule a free consultation with a New Orleans felony defense lawyer today.

Common Felony Offenses

When you think of felonies, murder is probably the one that comes to mind first. Some other common felony offenses include:

  • Robbery refers to theft of another person’s property using force or threats. When a weapon is involved, it is referred to as armed robbery.
  • Kidnapping refers to abducting someone and holding them hostage. Despite the name, this crime applies to people of all ages, and not just kids.
  • Sex crimes. Child molestation, child pornography possession, sexual assault, and rape are common crimes that are charged as felonies.
  • Drug crimes. Drug cultivation, manufacturing, and trafficking crimes can be felonies — even if it’s just marijuana involved.
  • Weapon crimes. While the Second Amendment allows you to bear arms, there are restrictions on gun use. Assault with a deadly weapon, illegally carrying a concealed weapon, and carrying a firearm in prohibited property are common felony crimes.

Common Felony Defenses

If you have been accused of a felony, you can defend yourself in the following ways:

  • With an alibi, you prove that you were somewhere else when the crime occurred and therefore could not have committed the crime.
  • Self-defense. If you can show that you defended yourself against someone who was trying to injure or kill you, then self-defense may be a justifiable defense.
  • Consent is a valid defense in rape accusations. You would have to prove that the victim willingly agreed to have sex with you, though, which is difficult.
  • Violations of constitutional rights. We all have constitutional rights and they can sometimes be violated by police. Examples include arresting someone without probable cause, coercing a confession, unlawful search and seizure, and not reading a suspect their Miranda rights.

Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today

Felonies are major crimes. Besides fines and jail time, you face long-term consequences, such as employment difficulties, loss of civil rights, inability to find housing, as well as social aspects. There’s a stigma involved in being a convicted felon. Palazzo Law Firm understands that there is a lot at stake. We will work hard to defend your case and help you hold onto your rights and freedoms. To speak with a New Orleans felony defense lawyer, call 504-433-1442 or fill out the online form.

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