3 Post Trial Proceedings

3 Post Trial Proceedings

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXwD7Iazn64&feature=youtu.be Granted, no one charged with a crime wants to lose at trial.  But, even when you do, hope is not lost.  There are 3 post-trial pleadings a defendant can file that would vacate his conviction and...

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6 Types Of Criminal Sentences

6 Types Of Criminal Sentences

In Louisiana there are essentially 6 modes of sentencing people convicted of a criminal offense: a fine, jail, probation, home incarceration  a split sentence and a habitual offender adjudication.  This blog post will discuss each method.  Prior to doing so, there are...

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2 Categories Of Evidence

2 Categories Of Evidence

In all criminal cases there are 2 categories of evidence: direct evidence and circumstantial evidence. Direct evidence is anything the witness observed through his senses.  “I saw this”  or “I heard this” or “I could smell alcohol on his breath” are common examples of...

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6 Major Time Limitations

6 Major Time Limitations

Louisiana’s criminal code has a myriad of deadlines and time limitations scattered throughout its text.  That said, there are 6 major deadlines every practitioner should know about.   First Appearance The first major deadline is the defendant’s initial appearance...

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Stop And Frisk

Stop And Frisk

Stop and frisk is an active form of policing that has come under scrutiny by various civil liberties groups.  In essence, this is the power of the police to stop and detain someone then conduct a weapon pat down. Generally speaking, these tactics are deployed in high...

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4 Types Of Pleas

4 Types Of Pleas

There are 4 types of pleas a person can enter into at an arraignment: not guilty, guilty, nolo contendere and not guilty by reason of insanity. Not Guilty The most common plea is a not guilty plea.  In fact, if the accused is silent and refuses to enter into a plea,...

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