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Take drunk driving charges in Louisiana seriously

Louisiana is a state that lives by the mantra "Laissez les bon temps rouler." Some places have drive-thru liquor stores and alcoholic beverages can be found in almost all grocery, corner and convenience stores.

Because of the abundance of alcoholic offerings, it is imperative that anyone who is driving understands some of the basics about drunk driving here. Check out the following points:

Know when you should file a child support modification petition

We recently discussed some of the changes that are coming with the governor's criminal justice reform bill. If you recall, one of these is that some inmates aren't going to have to pay child support while they are incarcerated. This is something that many people are debating; however, anyone can understand that inmates can't pay child support since they can't hold a gainful job.

We know that this isn't the only time when a parent might have difficulties paying child support. If you have a child support order and find that you can't make the payments, you might be able to have the child support order modified. We can help you learn about this possibility.

Criminal justice reform changes child support orders for inmates

The news of Governor John Bel Edwards' criminal justice reform bill is a big deal for the state and those who are involved in the criminal justice system. But, not everyone is excited about how some of these changes are going to change things in the state.

One of these changes has to do with child support payments. As of now, parents who are incarcerated are still responsible for paying child support payments. When the bill goes into effect in 2019, this isn't going to be the case for some inmates.

Fight against unfair penalties of criminal convictions

We recently discussed the problem of mass incarceration in Louisiana. This issue is one that has given Louisiana a notorious reputation. For the people who are facing criminal convictions, the risk of incarceration is considerable. Even though Gov. John Bel Edwards recently signed a package of deals, which we discussed in the previous blog post, there is still a lot of work to be done.

One thing that you have to understand when you are facing criminal charges is that theoretically, the prosecution has to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that if you are able to make the jurors doubt the prosecution's claims, even if that doubt is small, you shouldn't be found guilty. The criminal justice system doesn't always work that way.

Reducing the incarceration rate in Louisiana

Governor John Bel Edwards recently signed some laws into effect to try to combat the high incarceration rate that plagues Louisiana. These 10 bills are being touted as being the bold, progressive strategy that will get Louisiana down from being the state with the highest incarceration rate in the country.

One of the issues in Louisiana is the mandatory minimum sentencing laws that are in place. Louisiana has a "three strikes" law that can land a person on a third drug dealing charge in prison for life upon conviction. These mandatory minimum sentences have skyrocketed the number of people who are incarcerated here.

Considerations of liability in bounce house injuries

Having fun in an inflatable bounce house is something that many children enjoy. These large inflatable structures come in a host of themes and sizes. There are commercial ones that are set up at fairs and festivals, but there are also smaller ones that are set up at homes.

Many people don't realize how dangerous these bounce houses are. On average, around 30 bounce house injuries occur on a daily basis. When these injuries are severe enough to warrant medical treatment, there is a question of liability that comes into the picture.

Know your options for cross-border custody battles

Lake Charles is right on the Louisiana-Texas border. This brings up a challenge for some people who are going through a child custody case. What will happen if your ex moves across the border or if you need to move across the border? Many people might assume that this is a no-brainer, but if you and your ex have a child custody agreement, this might not be so easy.

We know that you might have some concerns about how the interstate child custody case would be handled. We can help you learn about what factors are present in your case. Once we have that information, we can work toward finding a solution for you.

Grand juries and trial juries are both important

The criminal justice system is full of concepts that you should know if you are facing criminal charges. One of these is the jury. There are two types of juries that are involved in the criminal justice system -- trial juries and grand juries. Each of these has a very different purpose.

The grand jury is a jury that hears a case before the defendant is actually even a defendant. The grand jury listens to the evidence in a case and determines if there should be charges levied against the person. This is a large jury that has 23 people sitting on it. These individuals hear all of the cases that occur within the months that they are serving. The grand jury doesn't convene on a daily basis, so having a case go before it might take a little time. Interestingly, the prosecutor doesn't have to follow the grand jury's recommendation about a case.

Your defense shouldn't be rushed so act quickly

The criminal justice system in Louisiana is something that does come with some harsh penalties. These penalties include being sentenced to hard labor. Stop and think about that for a few minutes. If you commit certain crimes, you might spend the next few years or longer trying to cope with having to do rigorous work as part of your punishment.

We know that you don't want to have to do that. The desire to avoid this possibility if you are facing charges that might come with that sentence should provide you with the fuel that you need to get started on your defense.

The entire cost of an injury has to be included in your claim

Being involved in a car accident on the interstate is something that can lead to serious injuries. These injuries might impact your life in negative ways. Thinking about how the effects can impact your finances can be depressing, but it's important to understand nonetheless.

If the car crash was the other driver's fault, you might decide to seek compensation for the damages that you suffered. This is something that could help to reduce the effects that your injuries have on your finances.

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