Prosecutors in one state have moved to throw out convictions in over 21,000 drug cases after it was discovered that some of the evidence had been tainted. This comes five years after a chemist at the drug lab was caught falsifying test results and tampering with the evidence. District attorneys in seven different counties have been asked to produce a list of which cases they would still be willing to prosecute on the drug charges in which that chemist was involved. Drug charges can be a serious accusation in Louisiana.
A Louisiana police officer has been fired after charges that she was drinking and driving in her police cruiser. The public information officer in Mandeville was apparently terminated after she was investigated by internal affairs. She is suspected of DUI, after being found behind the wheel of her police cruiser with alcohol allegedly in her system. She apparently admitted to having a few drinks before driving the vehicle.
A home improvement project often involves a great deal of effort and time coordinating between different people to complete a job. As a result, many people in Louisiana seek help from a contractor. Even a professional could make a mistake when it comes to ensuring that all people contracted to complete a job are paid. Unfortunately, one contractor was recently arrested and now faces a fraud charge.
If you have taken a chemical test because a Louisiana law enforcement officer believed you were driving under the influence of illegal substances, a positive result can have devastating consequences. When you have not been using illicit drugs, that result could be a major shock, too. Before you panic, you should know that a medication you are taking legally could have caused your false positive.
Identity theft is becoming more common in Louisiana and other states. Just recently, a woman who was working at a McDonald's drive-through was accused of stealing a customer's debit card information and using it to swipe the customer's identity. The 31-year-old allegedly used the debit card information to make purchases for herself. She now faces an ID theft charge and three counts of transferring money illegally.