5 Types Of Automobile Searches

5 Types Of Automobile Searches

Many routine traffic stops morph into a full fledge search of the car and its occupants.  These searches are usually exceptions to the warrant requirement.  Broadly speaking, they will fall into one of five categories: Plain view, Consent, K-9 sniff, incident to...
3 Burdens Of Proof

3 Burdens Of Proof

Louisiana law utilizes 3 different burdens of proof throughout the criminal justice process.  These three burdens of proof are: the reasonable doubt standard, probable cause and reasonable suspicion.  This post describes each burden and identifies when they are...
3 Major Categories Of Evidence To Suppress

3 Major Categories Of Evidence To Suppress

Anyone accused of a crime in Louisiana may petition the court to suppress any seized evidence that will be used against him at trial upon grounds that it was unconstitutionally obtained.  Broadly speaking, there are 3 categories of evidence sought to be suppressed:...
4 Types Of Arrests In Louisiana

4 Types Of Arrests In Louisiana

There are 4 ways that people can be arrested in Louisiana: citation; an on scene arrest; by an arrest warrant and by a grand jury warrant.  In each case, there needs to be a showing of probable cause made by the police, but the level of judicial oversight varies...