5 Stages Of A Criminal Case

5 Stages Of A Criminal Case

There are 5 stages to a criminal case that everyone arrested needs to know about.  They five stages are as follows: the first appearance, the arraignment, motions, pre-trial conference and trial.   First Appearance The first appearance is the accused’s first...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Animal Bites

Animal Bites

Although animal-attack claims most commonly involve dog bites, many other types of domesticated animals, such as ferrets, cats and even birds, can also bite humans. Even non-domesticated animals, such as large cats ordinarily found in the wild, but owned by some...

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Assault And Battery Lawsuits

Assault And Battery Lawsuits

In civil court, assault and battery are intentional torts, and can be the basis of a personal injury lawsuit against the person who commits them. Assault and battery are different from other personal injury claims in that the person accused of assault or battery must...

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