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Probation violation charges are serious and can lead to prison

One of the possible penalties that a person will face for a criminal conviction is to be placed on probation. This is sometimes called community supervision. The program allows the person to remain out of jail or prison, but he or she is placed under the supervision of an officer who monitors him or her while he or she lives in the community.

Plan now for getting home safely during football season

Preseason football is just around the corner with the Cowboys and Cardinals kicking things off on August 3. The Saints debut on August 10 this year, so if that is your team, now is the time to get ready for the season. No matter which football team you are rooting for, the chances are good that you will soon find yourself having a good time with your friends during the game.

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.

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.

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.

Parole rescinded for convicted murderer after procedural error

People who are already involved in the criminal justice system know that somethings can change at the drop of a hat. Nothing is really certain until it actually happens. Recently, a convicted murder realized just how true this is.

Know how the criminal charge type can affect you

When you find out that you are charged with a crime, you have to find out the classification of the charges. Typically, criminal charges fall under two categories -- felonies or misdemeanors. Of these two, felonies are the most serious. This doesn't mean that you can ignore misdemeanors. In cases involving each type of criminal charge, you can face penalties that go beyond the court-imposed penalties.

4 tips for fighting distracted driving charges

Distracted driving results in crashes that leave people injured and dead. No one believes that distracted driving is safe, and there are laws to prevent people from driving with distractions. If you were in a car accident, you know that if you're accused of distracted driving, you could be found at fault and face a criminal charge.

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