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Woman in Louisiana facing several legal problems re drunk driving

If a Louisiana resident gets behind the wheel of a car to drive after consuming alcohol, repercussions of that choice may unfold far into the future. One woman has been arrested for drunk driving several times. A case stemming from the second of three arrests was scheduled for trial, but has been continued.

It is not the first time the woman's trial has been delayed. Her attorney submitted the recent request to continue proceedings, and the court granted the request. There are many reasons a defense attorney would make such a request on behalf of a client.

How to determine which criminal defense strategy is best

Being charged with a crime in Louisiana is no small matter, regardless the particular details of an individual situation. Even being suspect in a most minor offense is enough to damage someone's personal and professional reputation. Not every criminal charge leads to conviction; however, many times a positive outcome hinges on the type of criminal defense presented in court.

There are usually several options regarding what type of defense to pursue when facing criminal charges. For someone with no background in criminal law, however, determining which option is the most viable in a particular situation may be quite challenging. For this and many other reasons, most defendants rely on experienced criminal defense guidance throughout their adjudication processes.

Jerry Lewis made some estate planning changes before he died

Jerry Lewis, famous actor and comedian of many years, died at age 91 from heart failure. In 2012, however, he executed some estate planning documents that included a final will and testament. The contents of his will were recently published and information contained therein may surprise many Louisiana readers.

Lewis's will included specific wording stating that he was officially disinheriting his six biological sons. They, nor their descendants are to receive any portion of the $50 million Lewis estate. Instead, the entire fortune is to be divided between Lewis's widow and his adopted daughter. It's certainly not the first time a parent has ever disinherited children; in fact, it happens all the time in the estate planning world.

Have accusations of domestic violence left you needing a defense?

You certainly know that domestic violence can seriously harm a person both physically and mentally. Because of the severity of such a situation, you may feel caught off guard if someone accuses you of such a criminal act. Though you may know that you did not participate in violent behavior, you could still find yourself facing serious charges.

This type of predicament may seem anything but lucky, but the bright side of the scenario relates to the fact that you have defense options against the allegations. You may still see it as unfair that you have to go through such proceedings at all, but taking the process seriously may work in your favor.

Drunk driving charges can ruin a job, finances and more

People make mistakes and that includes those who drive after consuming alcohol. Even if one is able to avoid conviction, simply being charged with such a Louisiana crime can negatively affect one's life. If police file charges, it means the near future will be filled with court appointments, which may necessitate time off work and other inconveniences.

If a person is blamed for a drunk driving accident, a defendant does not have to prove his or her innocence. To the contrary, it is up to the prosecution to prove otherwise, because every person is presumed innocent under the law. Although many prosecutors use aggressive tactics in their quests to secure convictions, an experienced criminal defense attorney knows how to counteract those strategies in court.

Thorough estate planning may help avoid disputes like this one

Many Hollywood entertainment fans in Louisiana were shocked and saddened when former television star Alan Thicke suddenly collapsed while playing ice hockey and died from a ruptured aorta. Since his death, his sons and his third wife have been fighting over his estate. The situation may prompt some readers to be very specific and thorough when navigating the estate planning process if they hope to help their families avoid similar problems.

In this case, Robin Thicke, Alan's son and a star in his own right, has joined efforts with his brother Brennan to file a complaint against their stepmother. The attorney representing the brothers told the court there is evidence that Thicke's third wife planned to ask for more than she was entitled to as her deceased husband's beneficiary. Her attorney said such allegations have no basis in truth given the fact that his client has no intention on disputing the prenuptial agreement she and Thicke signed before they were married.

Drunk driving charges: One way to ruin a weekend

If you get together with your friends on a Saturday night and enjoy a drink or two that happen to contain alcohol, it's not necessarily illegal if you drive home afterward. Whether you're breaking Louisiana law depends on several factors -- one of which is how much alcohol is in your bloodstream when you get behind the wheel. The most obvious way to avoid drunk driving problems in a situation like that would be to completely abstain from alcohol if you plan on driving a car.

Surprisingly, some people have faced drunk driving charges after chemical tests produced positive results for blood alcohol content levels, when they had never consumed a single alcoholic beverage! Many times, it has something to do with other products drivers used that contained alcohol as an ingredient. With assistance from an experienced criminal defense attorney, such situations are often able to be resolved in court, but usually not without tremendous challenges.

Parents of two minors will be making criminal defense decisions

Two children, ages five and 10, were reportedly at home when police officers came knocking at their door. The purpose of the impromptu visit was a premises search. The Louisiana officers who arrived were part of a special drug task force. The incident not only changed the rest of that particular day for the two siblings, it may have changed the rest of their entire lives as well.

That's because their parents were taken into police custody after the officers rummaged their home. Authorities claim to have found several types of cocaine inside the residence, as well as heroin, marijuana and a semi-automatic weapon. The latter led to criminal charges of felony possession of a firearm.

Hospital patient and wife facing criminal defense problems

An incident occurred in a Louisiana hospital that likely came as a surprise to the staff members involved. The situation led to a hospital patient and his wife needing criminal defense help. The events unfolded on a recent day when a nurse walked into the man's room to check on him.

The nurse later described the scene she allegedly came upon in the hospital room. She told authorities she found the patient and his wife, who was apparently visiting him at the time, passed out cold with tourniquets wrapped around their arms. The nurse said both people had syringes sticking out of their arms as well.

Elder law issues often accompany these aging concerns

Many older people in Louisiana consider it a good day if they don't encounter any major challenges regarding their current states of mind or health conditions. Most agree it's not easy growing old, at least in a physical sense. Generally speaking, people live longer nowadays, but the fact is not negated that older bodies do not look or function like their younger counterparts. Some older people enjoy their golden years with little to no problems; others not only face physical challenges, but run into to elder law problems as well.

Some of the most common health issues aging people face include arthritis, high blood pressure and heart or lung diseases. Those suffering ailments that mostly affect their minds, not bodies, may also struggle to function on a daily basis when their symptoms become advanced. Alzheimer's, depression, dementia and other cognitive-related illnesses can wreak havoc upon those suffering such conditions as well as their families and other caretakers.

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