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Plea bargaining pros and cons for Louisiana defendants

Baton Rouge defendants have a right to a fair trial, but many cases are resolved before a case reaches that point. Criminal cases frequently are settled through plea negotiations between the defendant and prosecutors. Both sides have reasons to avoid trial.

Responding to an accusation of shoplifting in a Louisiana store

Some Baton Rouge defendants don't realize the impact a crime can have. Shoplifting seems like a lightweight offense. Shoplifting merchandise with a value of less than $300 is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and a jail term no longer than six months.

Repeat DWI convictions may upgrade Louisiana homicide charge

A criminal history can have an enormous impact upon a Baton Rouge defendant's case. Criminal charges and punishments can increase substantially, with a string of prior arrests and convictions. This is extremely detrimental for defendants with past DWI convictions accused of present day alcohol-related offenses.

What are the consequences of insurance fraud charges?

Insurance companies make a lot of money from premiums paid for health, property and liability coverage. No matter how Baton Rouge residents feel about that, state and federal fraud laws clearly forbid trying to take advantage of an insurer for personal gain.

Are penalties harsh for Louisiana intellectual property crimes?

Patents and copyrights, with an estimated value of trillions of dollars, have been issued to protect the ideas and creations of U.S. individuals and companies. The theft of Louisiana intellectual property is a crime that seems fairly harmless, but the government doesn't see it that way. Intellectual property account for a national economic loss of $250 billion every year.

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