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What is arson and are there any defenses?

By Robert S. Toale |

Arson involves the burning of property. In Louisiana and other jurisdictions across the nation, an accusation of arson must allege the defendant’s willful intention to burn or scorch the property. Accidental fires generally cannot serve as the bases of arson claims. In addition to willfully engaging in the burning of property, a claim of… Read More »

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Know your rights when it comes to defending sex crime charges

By Robert S. Toale |

Thanks to the internet, communicating with others in distant lands is no longer a lengthy, time-consuming process. In fact, New Orleans residents can quickly email, video chat, message, or call practically anyone in the world who has internet access at practically any time of day. The internet has shrunk distances and has brought together… Read More »

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How do you defend yourself from kidnapping charges?

By Robert S. Toale |

Just recently this New Orleans criminal defense law blog discussed some of the issues individuals may face if they are accused of kidnapping. This week’s post looks at some of the elements of the state’s simple kidnapping law and how those elements may provide defenses to those who must overcome related criminal charges. For… Read More »

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Kidnapping allegations can result in federal criminal charges

By Robert S. Toale |

Kidnapping can involve the concealment, abduction, or confinement of another individual. In Louisiana, a person can face state charges based on their alleged kidnapping of another individual; however, the presence of certain facts and conditions can remove what may have otherwise been a state kidnapping case to the federal criminal court system. Pursuant to… Read More »

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Why would someone have to register as a sex offender?

By Robert S. Toale |

When a person is acquitted of a sex crime charge it means that a criminal court did not find him guilty of the accusations lodged against him. A New Orleans resident who is acquitted or found not guilty of his criminal charges has the opportunity to go back to his life without the specter… Read More »

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Indecent exposure can result in a criminal charge

By Robert S. Toale |

Not all sex crimes require an alleged perpetrator to have physical contact with another person. Crimes that involve imagery or that are committed over the Internet often do not involve physical contact. Another sex crime that does not generally involve physical contact with another individual is indecent exposure. A Louisiana resident may find himself… Read More »

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Airport security searches can lead to drug charges

By Robert S. Toale |

Summer is right around the corner and many New Orleans residents have vacations planned for the warm months of June and July. While some will be traveling to their destinations by car, others will utilize air travel deals and will fly through Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport to reach their intended end points…. Read More »

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Louisiana considers increasing age for criminal liability

By Robert S. Toale |

Most 17-year-olds are still in high school. None have the right to vote and none have the right to purchase alcohol or cigarettes. Those rights do not come until later in the youths’ lives; however, in Louisiana, a 17-year-old child can be charged as an adult if they commit a crime. Recently, however, the… Read More »

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Intent can play a role in a criminal conviction

By Robert S. Toale |

When a New Orleans resident is charged with a crime, their case is handled by a criminal prosecutor who must prove that all of the elements of the crime were met. For many crimes, an individual must have a certain mental state or intent to commit the crime in order to be found guilty…. Read More »

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What is insider trading?

By Robert S. Toale |

Stories about insider trading make the Louisiana news from time to time, but for many people insider trading is not a concept that they could easily explain. This blog post will provide basic information about the crime of insider trading and may serve as a starting point for those readers interested learning more about… Read More »

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