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Has a drunk driving charge brought your summer fun to a halt?

Many people in Louisiana, no doubt including some in Lake Charles, are winding down their summers, getting ready once again for college or another year of work before the next vacation. It's not uncommon to try to squeeze in as much socializing as possible before the season of rest and relaxation ends and autumn arrives. It's also not uncommon for socializing to include alcohol, which, in certain situations, can bring seasonal fun to an abrupt end if someone gets pulled over for suspected drunk driving on his or her way home.

When a police officer pulls you over and winds up filing impaired driving charges against you, does it necessarily mean you are going to be convicted in court? It definitely does not; in fact, there are many situations where police are mistaken or breath test results are faulty, etc., which could lead a court to dismiss charges before they ever go to trial. A particular outcome should never be assumed, but it is often possible to fight drunk driving charges in court.

ACLU steps in regarding Louisiana criminal defense situation

A problem is brewing in Louisiana that involves people who have posted bail and are released from jail. It seems that a particular parish where the court is allowing those being released from jail to be charged extra supervision fees before they can go free. The fees are supposedly being paid to a private company that offers pretrial supervision services.

People awaiting trial are being made to pay close to $600 for things like ankle monitors and special post-jail rehabilitation classes and programs. The problem is that many people never get the ankle monitors, and some say they were never even informed about rehabilitation services. The American Civil Liberties Union has identified the situation as a major problem.

Major estate planning mistakes many Louisiana residents make

Some people don't like to talk about their own mortality, and they may avoid the topic as best they can. Others understand that estate planning is a valuable tool that can be be used to protect their assets, as well as make known their final wishes and instructions regarding their property, assets, medical care and financial issues. There are several common mistakes that many Louisiana residents (and others throughout the nation) make, however, that are to be avoided whenever possible.

The top most error many estate owners make is not executing any type of written estate plan. Some think that merely sharing their thoughts on certain estate topics (such as who should inherit their money, house, property, business, etc.) is sufficient. This is hardly ever the case, since the probate court makes such decisions when a person dies without having signed a final will and testament.

When a traffic stop turns into a criminal defense situation

Sometimes, getting pulled over in a traffic stop in Louisiana is merely an inconvenience. An officer may issue some type of warning and send a motorist on his or her way. In other situations, such as one that recently occurred in Morehouse, traffic stops can quickly turn into serious criminal defense situations if the attending officer suspects a drug-related crime has been committed.

A 59-year-old man was behind the wheel when police pulled him over in a traffic stop. At some point, police say they found illegal drugs in the man's possession. They reportedly obtained multiple search warrants, which exacerbated the situation and has placed the man's freedom at risk.

Prescription sharing could land you in legal trouble

Most individuals need some sort of medication at some point in their lives either due to an illness or injury. If you need a prescription, you likely plan on following the instructions given by your doctor when it comes to taking the medication. Of course, you may find that you do not need the entirety of the prescription and end up with some left over.

Leftover medicine is not unusual, but the way in which you attend to those pills could make the difference between a harmless situation and potentially facing criminal charges. Though the latter may seem extreme, if you choose to share your medication with another individual, you could end up in a serious legal predicament.

Clarifying elder law issues for those in Louisiana and beyond

Many Louisiana residents are currently taking care of their aging parents or other elderly loved ones. For some, this includes researching and choosing appropriate assisted-living facilities for family members who can no longer care for themselves at home. Others make regular visits to their parents at home, assisting them in various ways, often including financial, medical and legal matters that may prove all-the-more challenging with age.

Elder law addresses various issues that typically pertain to older people, and those acting as personal assistants for their loved ones may want to scout out resources in their areas so they know where to turn for support if problems arise. The federal government first recognized the need to provide protection for aging citizens in 1965 with the passage of the Older Americans Act (OAA). Through this law, the Administration on Aging was created as part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

What's the state of your current estate planning process?

If you read the title to this post and thought it might not apply to you because you do not have an actual estate plan in place, you are likely not the only Louisiana reader to do so. However, there's no time like the present (as they say) to think of such things as it always takes a first idea and/or discussion to get the ball rolling. If making sure your final wishes regarding finances, assets and health care are honored is important to you, then you'll want to keep reading.

When some people see the word estate, they automatically think of palatial mansions or properties with multiple dwelling places, outbuildings and perhaps even substantial amounts of acreage. To the contrary, not every estate is massive in size, but that doesn't make the estate planning topic any less relevant to those with simpler lifestyles. Executing a solid estate plan can help you ensure successful transfer of property or business interests, as well as minimize taxes that will need to be paid when the time comes to administer your estate.

Man charged with drunk driving after hitting police officer's car

On a recent Monday in Louisiana, an unfortunate incident took place that resulted in one man facing criminal charges. The 29-year-old was accused of drunk driving after his vehicle was reportedly involved in an accident. A police officer was also involved in the incident, and was taken to a nearby hospital after suffering injuries.

The police officer was reportedly aiding another accident victim at the time. He had checked on the victim and was returning to his vehicle to obtain a medical kit. Another vehicle, driven by the now-accused man, allegedly crashed into a car that was stopped in the road behind the police officer's car.

Louisiana fisherman likely thinking about criminal defense

Shrimpers in Louisiana are legally obligated to adhere to certain regulations regarding their vessels, nets, etc. when heading out on waterways to fish. The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries often conducts routine inspections to make sure boaters are following the rules. Such an inspection didn't go so well for one man recently, who is now facing serious drug charges and likely searching for criminal defense support.

The incident occurred on a recent Tuesday when agents working offshore waters stopped a 42-foot boat for a routine inspection. Officials claim they immediately noticed the 39-year-old fisherman's nets were over-sized. They also say there were dead seagulls on the boat's deck.

Criminal defense problems can arise in a snap

The saying that one thing leads to another couldn't have been truer for two men in Louisiana on a recent Sunday. They were on a boat in Terrebonne Parish when authorities confronted them regarding some red snapping turtles that authorities say trying to sell. There are strict regulations about such things, and not only do officials say the two men did not adhere to the rules, they've also accused them of drug crimes as well.

Someone reportedly called the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agency to inform them that men were trying to sell red snappers at a particular dock. A wholesale commercial dealer's license is needed to do so. The agents who responded to the call spoke with the men and say that neither had the appropriate license. The men also allegedly failed to provide a necessary three-hour notification to the Individual Fishing Quota program.

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