Law enforcement agencies at all levels are increasingly cracking down on doctors and pharmacists who abuse their authority by providing potentially-lethal amounts of drugs -- particularly opioids -- to patients. A pharmacy here in Chalmette has been the target of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation.
We've seen some high-profile stories of fraternity hazing rituals gone horribly wrong in recent years, resulting in the deaths of young men. Earlier this year, a Penn State student died during hazing. In September, a freshman at Louisiana State University died after becoming severely intoxicated during a hazing ritual.
High-profile cases often generate a lot of press when the evidence seems to suggest that a person is guilty and he or she fights against it, claiming to be innocent. However, what flies under the radar is that some legal professionals believe many people -- tens of thousands, according to one judge -- have admitted guilt when they were actually innocent.
When a child is charged as an adult, the court is essentially saying that the child should have known as much about his or her actions as an adult, and should therefore bear equal responsibility. People sometimes worry that juvenile courts won't give a strict sentence to someone who committed a serious crime, so charging a teen as an adult is seen as one way to avoid the issue.
Mardi Gras is a time of fun and partying. Visitors come from all around the world to experience the non-stop party atmosphere. Sometimes the temptation is too great, and people have a bit too much to drink, and driving afterward can be a recipe for disaster. The dense crowds, closed streets for parades, and other obstacles make the city difficult to navigate, even if you are sober.
A former Louisiana state liquor lobbyist is the focus of child porn charges that he claims are "selective and vindictive." The former lobbyist is the brother of the former Jefferson Parish president.
You know that the police typically have to get a search warrant in order to avoid violating your Fourth Amendment rights. This is to protect your privacy and make sure that police are only searching and seizing items when there's a valid reason to do so.
People often post on social media without stopping to think first. Clearly, this can lead to frayed personal relationships and could even get you fired, but can it get you thrown in jail?
One of the most common criminal offenses that you will hear about is driving under the influence of alcohol. This affects many people, mainly because alcohol is widely available and because many people want to relax and enjoy a drink every now and then. Even a drink or two could be enough to get your blood alcohol level to a point where the police could arrest you for driving under the influence.
Being accused of a crime is a very serious time in anyone's life. The consequences for being convicted of a criminal charge are severe, and they can haunt you for a long time after you have completed your legal consequences. You may have difficulty finding a new job, keeping your current one, or finding a suitable place to live because your criminal record will become an issue for employers and landlords.