What Is the Role of a Public Defender?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauMay 21, 20210 Comments

In the U.S., the role of a public defender is to represent clients who cannot pay for private counsel and who are at risk of losing their liberty if convicted. The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the rights of criminal defendants, including the right to a public trial without ...

Why Does Louisiana Lead the Nation in Murders?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauMay 06, 20210 Comments

Statistics of Violence in New Orleans and Surrounding Cities If you are a resident of Louisiana, then you know there is so much to adore about the Pelican State. Filled with sports fanatics, a subtropical climate, delicious Cajun and Creole cuisine, and a lower cost of living than the rest of th...

Is It a Crime to Not File Taxes?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauApr 28, 20210 Comments

Find Out if You Are Legally Obligated to File a Tax Return In the year 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government extended the yearly federal tax filing deadline from April 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. For some, this extension has made tax season a bit less stressful, but there is no...

How Should Firearms Be Transported in a Boat?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauApr 08, 20210 Comments

What “Shall-Issue” Laws Mean and How They Affect Your Rights in the Boat Lover's Dream State, Louisiana Gun ownership is regulated by federal law, including restriction of the ownership of specific types of firearms. The National Firearms Act puts restrictions on the sale or possession of short-b...

First-Degree Murder vs. Second-Degree Murder

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauMar 24, 20210 Comments

What Does a First-Degree Murder Charge Mean? A first-degree murder refers to an unlawful killing that is willful and premeditated. It is the most serious of all homicide offenses in Louisiana. First-degree murder is punishable by death or a sentence of life in prison at hard labor without benefit...

What Does the Law Say About Prostitution?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauMar 09, 20210 Comments

About Criminal Prostitution Law and What Acts Are Considered Prostitution Prostitution is defined as the exchange of sexual activity for money. It is illegal in all of the U.S. except in 12 of Nevada's 16 counties. In 1971, the Storey County Commission officially sanctioned Joe Conforte's Mustang...

How Does Court-Ordered Community Service Work?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauFeb 11, 20210 Comments

Common Examples of Court-ordered Community Service Court-ordered community service, also called community restitution, is a form of punishment that benefits the community that was harmed by the offender's crime. A judge has the authority to sentence a defendant to court-ordered community service,...

What Is a Forensic Attorney?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauJan 30, 20210 Comments

Reviewing DNA and Forensic Science Evidence Forensic investigations involve gathering and analyzing crime-related physical evidence in order to determine guilt or reach a conclusion in a case. During a forensic investigation, investigators will analyze blood, fluid, fingerprints, and residue to b...

What Are the Most Common Types of Violent Crimes?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauJan 29, 20210 Comments

Learn About the Main Types of Violent Crimes In the U.S., violent crimes are defined as incidents that involve force or the threat of force. In 2019, there were 1.2 million violent crimes reported in the country. This means that every year, millions of individuals find themselves being accused of...

An Overview of State vs. Federal Criminal Charges

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauDec 23, 20200 Comments

An Inside Look at Federal Crimes, Procedures, and Penalties The difference between state and federal crimes is significant. While state and federal charges should not be treated lightly, accusations brought by the federal government are particularly terrifying. This is because the US government h...

A Closer Look at Mail Fraud Offenses

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauDec 17, 20200 Comments

Avoid Federal Charges this Holiday Season According to the US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), any fraud that involves the US mail is mail fraud, whether it originates in the mail, by phone, or online. As such, you should be aware of the following types of mail fraud that federal agencies such ...

8 Examples of Extortion to Know

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauNov 22, 20200 Comments

What Is Extortion? Extortion is the communication of threats to another with the intention to obtain anything of value or any acquittance, advantage, or immunity of any description. If convicted, you could suffer imprisonment for one to 15 years in addition to fines, victim restitution, and more....

What Is the Castle Doctrine?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauNov 10, 20200 Comments

A Closer Look at Louisiana ‘Stand Your Ground' Laws Imagine this. It is 3 a.m. and you wake up to the sound of footsteps in your living room downstairs. You check your outdoor security camera footage to see if anyone broke into your house. To your surprise, someone did, in fact, break into your h...

Lead Exposure & Crime: Is There a Connection?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauOct 12, 20200 Comments

Lead as a Possible Influence of Crime Lead is a naturally occurring toxic metal that is found in the air, soil, water, homes, buildings and more. Fossil fuels such as gasoline in addition to paint, ceramics, pipes, batteries, cosmetics and more have historically contained lead, which is harmful t...

Who Can Own a Firearm in Louisiana?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauSep 30, 20200 Comments

LA Firearm Laws Louisiana is well-known for its relatively lenient firearm laws. As on open-carry state that typically does not require background checks to purchase a firearm, it's fair to say that the Second Amendment is a major priority in the state. For clarification, “firearm” means any pist...

DWI & License Suspensions

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauSep 12, 20200 Comments

How DWI Charges Impact Your Driving Privileges Driving while intoxicated (DWI) carries more penalties than you may realize. As a reminder, a DWI charge is issued when a driver's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 or above. Besides the typical jail times and fines, you may also lose a key co...

What Is the “Ban the Box” Movement?

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauAug 07, 20200 Comments

Louisiana's Significant Victory in Higher Education Louisiana is the first state in the nation to implement a statewide ban prohibiting public colleges from asking applicants about their criminal records. Considering that Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the country, this is a huge...

Battery Charges for Acts of Self-Defense

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauAug 05, 20200 Comments

Is It a Crime to Defend Yourself in Louisiana? Let's say you are walking home by yourself from a bar in the late hours of the night. While you are walking along the sidewalk, you see a person about 50 feet ahead leaning up against the wall and making eye contact with you. You continue walking, an...

Pros and Cons of DNA Evidence

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauJul 21, 20200 Comments

DNA Evidence Can Help or Hurt You DNA evidence is among the most valuable pieces of evidence used in criminal cases. No two people have the same DNA, meaning the use of such evidence can either prove a person's innocence or guilt with great accuracy. While this powerful tool has helped exonerate ...

How to Prepare for Your Legal Consultation

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauJul 13, 20200 Comments

When Your Freedom Is at Stake, You Must Be Prepared Facing criminal accusations of any kind can catch anyone off guard, regardless of whether they've been arrested before or not. Following an arrest, you must act strategically and hire a criminal defense attorney right away so they can protect yo...

Sex Crimes Penalties in Louisiana

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauJun 25, 20200 Comments

Louisiana Is Tough When Punishing Sex Crimes Sex crimes are among the most serious offenses one can commit. Thus, the state prosecutes such crimes very harshly and does not show mercy for the accused. Having experienced, skilled legal defense in your corner could save you from suffering the intim...

The Power of Humanizing Instead of Criminalizing

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauJun 11, 20200 Comments

Treating You Like You Are Innocent Until Proven Guilty The criminal justice system is notorious for its harsh treatment towards the accused. Defendants can be treated as prisoners before even getting sentenced, and prisoners themselves can be treated as sub-human during their sentence and even af...

Understanding Louisiana’s Prostitution Laws

Posted by Jarrett P. AmbeauMay 23, 20200 Comments

Observing the History of Prostitution in LA Louisiana is regarded as one of the toughest states when it comes to punishing sex crimes. Prior to 2012, Louisiana was the only state in the nation to require convicted prostitutes to register as sex offenders. This was a big deal because getting a sex...

  • 1 of 4