Author Archives: Jay Butchko
Posting or making a bond can make the difference between you staying in jail for a few hours or several days until the district attorney has decided whether to accept the charges and prosecute you or refuse the charges. If they accept the charges and you do not post bond, you may remain in… Read More »
Louisiana is Preparing to Reopen for Business with Stay at Home Order Soon Expiring
As the Coronavirus pandemic enters another month, Louisiana is preparing to reopen for business in anticipation of the Stay at Home order expiring Friday, May 15, 2020. State, parish, municipal and federal courts have been operating at a reduced capacity since mid-March following a national emergency declaration over COVID-19. That is about to change…. Read More »
New Orleans Police Continue Making Arrests for Minor Offenses During Covid-19 Pandemic
Despite the national emergency declared over the COVID-19 pandemic, New Orleans police are continuing to make arrests for minor and nonviolent offenses, the Washington Post reported this week. Among the crimes cited in the Post report were theft and trespassing. Yet across the nation, law enforcement agencies are making fewer arrests and jails are… Read More »
The Latest Cyberattack Against New Orleans City Government Raises Questions About Computer Crimes
There are more online threats and hackers these days than ever before. Identity theft, stealing user name and password data, spams, viruses… Cybercrime is a real thing that can hurt not only citizens and businesses but also governments. This was evident from a recent cyberattack that has hobbled the New Orleans city government since… Read More »
COVID-19 – What Are Your Rights?
Did you know that despite the public health declarations issued due to the COVID-19 national emergency that if you are arrested, you still have a constitutional right to a bond hearing? And while most of Louisiana is under order to stay at home, the courts are still operational? The 24th Judicial District Court in… Read More »
Carjacking Charges in Louisiana: What’s the Difference Between Carjacking and Vehicle Theft?
A pregnant woman had to run after a carjacker in Chalmette, a suburb of New Orleans in Louisiana. The video, which was shown on Fox 8, went viral. Video surveillance from neighbors showed a group of three men walking down Kinds Drive in Chalmette when they spotted a car parked in the driveway. The… Read More »
In 2019, New Orleans Had the Lowest Annual Murder Count in Nearly 50 Years
In 2019, New Orleans saw the lowest number of murders in nearly 50 years, and city leaders are taking credit for it. According to WWLTV, New Orleans ended 2019 with the lowest annual murder count since 1971. City leaders were quick to point out that the low number of murders in New Orleans is… Read More »
What Are Police Officers Looking for in Field Sobriety Tests?
When you got pulled over, you begin to regret getting behind the wheel as a police officer is approaching your vehicle. As the police officer begins asking questions and then tells you to exit your car, you realize that you shouldn’t have had that last drink. Yes, you are about to participate in field… Read More »
Activities That May Constitute ‘Disturbing the Peace’ in New Orleans, Louisiana
If you were arrested for disturbing the peace in New Orleans or elsewhere in Louisiana, you might be wondering what to expect and how to defend yourself against this criminal offense. In Louisiana, “disturbing the peace” is used as an alternative term for disorderly conduct. There are a variety of crimes that constitute disturbing… Read More »
You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer if Your Child is Accused of Car Burglary in New Orleans
Only about 9% of car burglaries reported to New Orleans police last year led to arrests. According to WDSU citing a report presented to the City Council, more than 6,000 vehicles were burglarized in New Orleans in 2019, which is the highest number since 2012. Only 570 car burglars were arrested, while juveniles made… Read More »