When it comes to the criminal justice system, many Louisiana residents may get most of their knowledge from what they see on television and in the movies. In reality, court cases differ significantly from what is depicted in the movies, which many may only realize when they personally have been charged with a crime.
Homicide is one of the most serious crimes a person can be accused of in Louisiana. When faced with such allegations, one's head may be swirling with questions about how they can defend themselves and what their future will bring. When facing the very real possibility of a lengthy prison stay, it is essential for a person who is charged with homicide to establish a solid defense.
Being charged with a crime is not something any Louisiana resident aspires to. Although there is a marked difference between felonies and misdemeanors, neither is viewed in a positive light. Misdemeanors are crimes that do not rise to the level of a felony and are often considered "lower level" charges. Many criminal defendants would consider a misdemeanor a minor wrongdoing, although the penalties can still negatively impact one's life. Those convicted of a misdemeanor may have to pay expensive fines or spend time in jail.
Based on the crime alleged, an individual can face federal charges or state charges. This has to do with the nature of the crime as well as the type of crime. Federal crimes are crimes that are against federal law. State crimes are those crimes that the states can prosecute based on state law. A felony can fall into either one of these categories depending on the nature and circumstances surrounding the alleged criminal activity. Cases prosecuted in federal court or in state court may have different punishments.
When charged with a crime, there is a marked difference in being charged with a misdemeanor and being charged with a felony. A misdemeanor is a lesser charge more or less. With a misdemeanor, the person that has been charged and processed through the legal system usually has to pay a fine and/or do some type of community service.
Crimes that are dealt with by the legal system are handled very differently depending on the crime. Criminal activity runs the gamut from misdemeanors to felonies, and the law treats each of these very distinctly. Misdemeanors are those crimes that are less severe in nature, and therefore punished accordingly. Usually misdemeanors carry with them a lesser sentence, meaning less time in jail. Felonies, on the other hand, are a whole other animal in that felonies are more severe and dangerous in nature.
Like every other state, Louisiana classifies crimes as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the gravity of an act and the injury to its victims. Misdemeanor offenses are comparatively minor. Felonies, however, are considered to be severe, and the consequences for a conviction typically include imprisonment. Even felonies, though, are subdivided into violent and nonviolent offenses. Violent felony offenses are crimes that physically harm or kill victims. Nonviolent offenses do not physically harm victims, but they still create injury of some sort, usually financial. Certain types of fraud, such as those involving the public health-care system, are nonviolent felonies.
Throughout the country, including Louisiana, criminal offenses are broken down into two main categories based on their severity: misdemeanors and felonies. Felony charges are more serious and have potentially life-altering consequences if the accused is convicted, including time in prison. Among the most common felonies are murders, rapes, assaults, robberies and thefts. Anyone accused of one of these offenses should seek immediate legal help.
Generally, felony charges carry stiffer fines and penalties compared with misdemeanor offenses. When someone faces felony charges, this can mean that that person is being accused of criminal offenses that go against the moral turpitude of the community. In Louisiana, criminal offenses such as murder, rape, assault and drug charges often fall into the felony category. Anyone who is facing these kinds of charges should explore their legal options in order to avoid severe consequences that follow a conviction.
Felonies constitute the most serious of criminal offenses. In Louisiana, as in most states, felonies include violent crimes such as assault, rape and murder, as well as nonviolent crimes that legislatures determine to be so serious as to warrant extreme punishment. This felony category includes financial crimes against the government and taxpayers. Anyone arrested on a felony charge is subject to severe penalties if convicted. Establishing a strong criminal defense is the only real way for the accused to defend himself or herself against the charges.