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A Louisiana Criminal Law Firm

The law office of Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger is able to help individuals and businesses with all types of criminal law matters. Unlike most other firms, our Louisiana attorneys are able to draw from their diverse backgrounds and experience in criminal law.

To schedule an initial consultation with our Louisiana and Mississippi attorneys, contact us online at, or call 225-383-9703. 

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Louisiana has one of the nation’s highest rates for incarcerating drug offenders.  This trend shows no signs of slowing down. 

Realistically, the “war on drugs” has proven to be a long and unwinnable war. Its premise is fundamentally flawed, because it targets those who simply need help dealing with their addictions. Unfortunately, this is hard to do, due to mandatory minimum jail sentences, as well as recent efforts to defund rehabilitative efforts.

In order to justify their annual budgets, para-military style narcotics task forces are undoubtedly being encouraged to make as many traffic stops, detentions and arrests as possible. You and your loved ones do not need to become part of law enforcement’s “budgetary statistics.”  If you are accused of a narcotics offense, you need a team of lawyers knowledgeable enough to challenge the constitutional basis for your arrest and experienced enough to handle your jury trial. 

At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, a significant portion of our criminal defense practice is dedicated to defending those accused of drug offenses, which gives us a keen understanding of when to use aggressive tactics – and when to use a more restrained, patient approach. 

Drug-related crimes may include: 

To help you fight drug charges, and secure your constitutional rights, we will:

We have a proven record of success in having drug charges dropped or reduced, especially for first-time offenders willing to enter a treatment or rehab program.

To schedule your consultation, contact us online today at, or call 225-383-9703.


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Many law enforcement agencies depend on the proceeds generated from forfeited assets to fund their annual budgets.  It’s not surprising that relatively harmless conduct – even pure speculation of a connection to narcotics trafficking – can result in the seizure of cars, cash, and jewelry, and in some cases homes and bank accounts. 

In narcotic trafficking cases, the proof required to seize your property is far less than the level of proof necessary to convict you. Even if you’re found innocent, you could still end up completely broke. 

To properly handle claims brought against your property and assets, you need an experienced team of defense attorneys in cases of narcotic trafficking and asset forfeiture.

These assets can include:

In these cases, prosecutors devote substantial resources tracking your financial activities, and often take advantage of Asset Forfeiture laws to increase penalties. Without the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you face a much higher risk of asset seizure - and conviction.

As advocates for asset recovery, our experienced team of lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of you and your family by: 

If you’re facing asset seizure stemming from drug or white-collar charges, contact us today to schedule a consultation at, or by calling 225-383-9703. 

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Bad things happen to good people all the time.  In Louisiana, “joie de vivre” and “laissez les bon temp rouler” are cultural mantras that embody the carefree nature of our recreation. 

Unfortunately, that can lead to the occasional lapse of judgment, which can result in a DWI arrest. The pain and loss caused by alcohol-related fatalities, combined with recent legislation, have resulted in harsher criminal and civil penalties. These include increased mandatory minimum jail sentences, longer suspensions of driver’s licenses, and fewer rights in an administrative proceeding to save your license. Due to these harsher penalties, you need a team of lawyers who actively bring DUI/DWI cases to trial, to ensure that your rights are protected. 

Mannaseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger has over 20 years experience providing sound legal advice and an aggressive defense for our clients facing drunken driving charges. Over time, we have successfully challenged a substantial number of Breathalyzer Tests, Field Sobriety Tests, and evidence from blood tests. We’re committed to helping you minimize or avoid the lingering negative effects of a conviction.

Our DUI/DWI Defense Attorneys will defend you to the fullest extent of the law, as well as manage all aspects of your defense, including:

If you have been accused of driving while impaired, contact us today to schedule a consultation at, or by calling 225-383-9703. 


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The words “innocent until proven guilty” embody a mythical belief that whenever a government elects to deprive ordinary citizens of their freedom, the government faces an uphill battle. Reality paints a much different picture. In today’s society, prosecutors have it easy, as they are deemed “the good guys” at the outset of the case.  Experienced trial lawyers know this, and understand they are the ones facing an uphill battle in their quest for justice. 

If you are accused of a serious crime, you need a team of trial-ready attorneys willing to face this reality, and capable of converting society’s mantra: “innocent until proven guilty” into “not guilty” at your trial.

At Mannaseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we believe you are innocent until proven guilty.

This is a vital consideration during an investigation of any serious crime, or when facing any criminal charges such as:

Why hire us?

If you are facing charges for any serious crime, contact us today to schedule a consultation at, or call our Baton Rouge office at 225-383-9703. 


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Per capita, the United States has more citizens incarcerated than any other free society in the world. Also, per capita, Louisiana has more citizens incarcerated than any other state in the U.S. Both statistics are frightening. The Department of Justice has reported that misidentification and false confessions are two primary reasons why innocent people are in jail-sometimes for life. 

When faced with this harsh reality, those accused need seasoned trial lawyers to come to their defense and champion their cause. 

At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we have extensive experience in representing those charged with serious crimes such as:   

We also have a substantial record of success in obtaining reduced or dismissed charges for these crimes, as well as winning murder and violent crime cases at trial and on appeal. 

If you are facing charges or have been falsely accused, it’s important you seek legal protection as soon as possible. To schedule a consultation, contact us today at or call us at 225-383-9703.


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In today’s world, being branded a sex offender is the equivalent of wearing a Scarlet Letter.

The mere accusation of sexual assault can cause irreparable damage to your personal relationships and professional reputation–and when the accuser is a child, that damage is magnified. 

Compounding matters, federal and state governments are “cracking down” on sex offenders by making conviction penalties more serious.  That is why you need a team of experienced, trial-ready lawyers who can quickly come to your defense. We will help eliminate accusations, avoid arrest and when necessary, challenge them in court before a jury of your peers. 

At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, our experienced attorneys have earned a solid reputation for high ethical standards and exceptional professionalism. We focus on protecting your rights and providing comprehensive representation to obtain the most optimal outcome in high-stakes cases such as: 

Our attorneys work swiftly to obtain and preserve access to all relevant facts in your case.  We take the necessary steps to minimize media attention and the negative consequences to your professional and personal life as well. 

Thorough trial preparation and a team approach are the keys to your successful defense in these cases. 

To schedule a consultation, contact us online at or call our Baton Rouge office at 225-383-9703 today. 



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In recent times, white-collar crimes among business and government officials have drawn more media attention than ever before–outraging a nation and devastating the lives of thousands of victims.

Not surprisingly, the mere accusation of any impropriety can bring with it constant news coverage, embarrassment, and public shame.  The fate of those convicted of these crimes can be equally as devastating, ranging from substantial fines to lengthy prison terms.

At Mannaseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we have the comprehensive understanding of the complexities of business required to provide the highest level of representation for white-collar crimes such as: 

Our criminal lawyers are experienced in handling the large numbers of documents and evidentiary analysis often involved in white-collar cases. We have a proven record of success in obtaining a reduction or dismissal of charges prior to trial.

Our primary goals are to protect your rights at every stage of your defense. Obviously, our main objective is to prevent the prosecution of those falsely accused of wrong doing. But, we do realize that good people can do bad things.  In such cases, we strive to obtain an outcome with the least impact on your life. To maximize your success, we will be thoroughly prepared for trial. We will also help provide swift and decisive action in order to minimize or avoid the negative consequences associated with a criminal investigation or prosecution.

We understand your career, professional and personal reputations are on the line. You need straightforward answers and adequate guidance for your defense. 

If you have been charged with, or are currently under investigation for a white collar crime in Louisiana, schedule a consultation today. Contact us online at, or call 225-383-9703. 


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Today, the U.S. government is devoting more resources than ever before in combating political corruption. As an elected or appointed official, charges of political corruption can have devastating effects on your personal and professional life. Your future depends on quickly acquiring experienced, reputable legal representation.

At Mannaseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we have defense attorneys who were former prosecutors handling high-profile cases involving politicians, public figures and members of law enforcement.   Our firm is well-equipped to handle cases involving:

We understand the sooner we begin working on your behalf, the more effective your defense.

By carefully analyzing the details of a state or federal investigation, we can take aggressive action before formal charges are filed, working toward a dismissal or reduction of charges.

If you have been charged with, or are currently under investigation in Louisiana, schedule a consultation today. Contact us online at, or call 225-383-9703. 

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Today in the U.S., fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid claims have exceeded $60 billion a year. These result in more federally-funded task forces, harsher penalties, higher fines, and longer prison terms.

In fact, the Federal government has designated Baton Rouge as one of a few metropolitan areas for a special Medicare Fraud Task Force. They have assigned attorneys from the Department of Justice to locate and prosecute those conspiring to commit healthcare fraud.

If you have been charged with Medicare fraud, you need an experienced team of attorneys with the knowledge necessary to navigate the complexities of healthcare fraud cases–and the willingness to take your case to trial.

We defend healthcare professionals facing Medicare and Medicaid fraud charges, including: 

The areas of fraud we have defended include:  

As trial-ready attorneys, we seek to prevent prosecution for clients we can show are not guilty. We can also minimize potential criminal exposure or negotiate a civil monetary penalty in lieu of prosecution for some clients. When a case is headed for trial, we take the time necessary to ensure your case is thoroughly prepared.

If you have been charged with, or are currently under investigation for Medicare or Medicaid fraud in Louisiana, schedule a consultation today. Contact us online at, or call 225-383-9703 today. 

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Americans spend an average of 8 to 10 hours a day on the computer. Consequently, the rising number of reports of internet crimes isn’t surprising. Special law enforcement task forces have been created with the sole purpose of entrapping internet users into illicit schemes.

As always, the increase in “police presence” is associated with more severe and harsher penalties that could devastate your personal and professional lives. Therefore, it’s critical to obtain experienced representation as quickly as possible. 

At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, our attorneys have the experience to defend those accused of internet crimes. We have the resources to gather and analyze the volumes of computer files and electronic data associated with Internet and computer crimes such as: 

If you have been charged with, or are currently under investigation for an internet or other cyber crime, schedule a consultation today. Contact us online at, or call 225-383-9703. 


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If you are released on parole, or sentenced to probation rather than jail time, there are many rules you have to follow. Break one and the clock begins ticking, while a parole officer takes immediate action. This could result in an immediate revocation of parole or probation - in other words, you'll go back to jail.

Unfortunately, those accused of probation and parole violations will sit in jail until the reason for their infraction is resolved.  This can take a long time, unless you take action and hire capable counsel immediately.

Many times, an experienced lawyer can reach out to your parole officer or probation judge to secure your release, or map out a course of action to make sure in does not result in a revocation.

Some common probation violations include: 

For over 20 years, our experienced criminal defense lawyers have applied their thorough understanding of the law and court system to help thousands with parole and probation violations. 

For clients testing positive for drugs, we want the judge and everyone else involved to see you as a human being needing help, not jail time. It is our goal to help you minimize the possibility of incarceration. We have been successful in obtaining substance abuse treatment for our clients, rather than jail sentencing.

If you have been accused of violating your parole or probation in Louisiana, it is important you seek experienced representation immediately. Call to schedule your confidential consultation today at, or by calling 225-383-9703. 


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For those serving our country in Iraq or Afghanistan, we understand the traumas of combat, and the complex issues facing them upon returning home. An increasingly number of veterans suffer from Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is a real and recognized mental illness.  Some veterans with PTSD turn to alcohol or drugs, or display unusual or even criminal behavior. 

At Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, we believe crimes committed by those suffering from PTSD or other conditions need help rather than jail. We have a high record of success defending soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, including the rare accomplishment of overturning a dishonorable discharge.

Unfortunately, not all civilian attorneys are qualified to represent military personnel. Our team of experienced attorneys and paralegals are ably led by veteran W. Robert Gill, who formerly served as a Judge Advocate General. He served as both a prosecutor and defense counsel for the Army. Together, we fight for the rights of our clients who have been charged with military or civilian offenses including: 

If you are active-duty or reserve military suffering from PTSD, and you are facing court martial or serious civilian criminal charges, please schedule a consultation today to discuss your rights and legal options.  Contact us at or call 225-383-9703. 


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The best time to hire a good criminal defense lawyer is before you are arrested. There are times when a good lawyer can prevent your arrest.  Unfortunately, because no one plans on getting arrested, this is rarely the case.

There is an assumption that the “system is fair,” and innocent people don’t go to jail.

This simply isn’t true.  Good people go to jail because they failed to hire a good lawyer who can competently handle their case when it begins. 

If you believe any of the following:

If you believe:

If any of these are true, then you should seek immediate help from our experienced legal team.

Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger have over 20 years of experience in aggressively obtaining justice for those who have reason to believe their trial attorney provided an ineffective defense, their conviction was based on a significant error, or their constitutional rights were violated.

We devote substantial resources to investigating mistakes that led to wrongful convictions and sentencing, and have been successful in numerous appeals and post-conviction relief hearings.

Not all trial errors can be addressed through criminal appeals. In fact, an appeal and a post-conviction application are two distinct procedures.  A post-conviction application allows you to raise constitutional errors, claims of ineffective counsel, and present newly discovered evidence.  Ordinarily, claims of an ineffective trial lawyer and newly discovered evidence can not be addressed on appeal.  

If you believe your constitutional rights were violated, your lawyer was ineffective, or you have come across new evidence that will exonerate you, schedule a consultation today. Contact us online at, or call 225-383-9703 today. 


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Facing the “Feds” is frightening.  When the unlimited resources of the Federal Government target you, the stakes get higher and the punishment gets harsher. In many cases, federal prosecutors will devote substantial resources against you—long before charges are even filed.

The reality is many professional criminal lawyers don’t possess the experience required to handle federal prosecutions. To overcome this challenge, and minimize potential damage, you need experienced representation on your side. 

The law firm of Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger has extensive experience defending clients on a wide range of federal criminal charges, including:

Drug Crimes:                       

White Collar Crimes:     

Weapons Violations:    

We are committed to preserving your constitutional rights, and being trial-ready – by uncovering any weaknesses in the government's case against you, devoting substantial time analyzing evidence, interviewing key witnesses, and consulting credible investigators and experts.

Contact our law firm today online at, or call us at 225-383-9703 to schedule a consultation. 


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The Statue of Liberty symbolizes the nostalgic lure of a diverse nation who welcomes “the tired, poor, huddle masses yearning to be free.”

In reality, these are hollow words today.  Due to factors such as the recent economic downturn, public sentiment has turned against foreign nationals who often come here simply looking for work.  In some instances, this is the only home they really know.

Due to the high-profile nature of this issue, Federal authorities are beginning to emphasize the halting, arrest, and prosecution of people in our community who do not possess valid citizenship or valid resident alien papers. For them penalties are extremely harsh, and in some cases, they can face up to 20 years in federal prison—just for wanting a better life. 

At Mannaseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, our lawyers have a wealth of experience defending those arrested and charged with illegally being in the country. If you have been charged with, or are currently under investigation for illegal re-entry, schedule a consultation today online at, or call 225-383-9703. 


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When choosing a criminal trial lawyer, it is not the time to bargain shop. There are many professed criminal trial lawyers who have little or no jury trial experience. This can result in a wrongful conviction that sends an innocent person to jail.  

Fortunately, there are options available to free the wrongly convicted. One of these options is a criminal appeal.  During an appeal, a qualified lawyer can review the court proceedings and challenge improper rulings by the court, wrongfully admitted evidence and illegally obtained confessions from your trial. The legal challenge begins with filing a brief, and in some instances, presenting an oral argument before the court of appeals.

If you feel you were wrongly convicted of a crime in Louisiana, you need immediate and experienced representation. At Mannaseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger, it is our job to get you out if you’re in and innocent. Based on hard work and years of in-depth legal expertise, we have a successful record effective appeals representation.  These include experiences arguing before the Louisiana Supreme Court, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Above all, we are committed to getting to know you and all the circumstances of your case, so we can make the most compelling legal and personal argument for overturning your conviction or granting you a new trial. 

To determine if there are grounds for an appeal, schedule a consultation today online at, or call 225-383-9703. 


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