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The Latest Cyberattack Against New Orleans City Government Raises Questions About Computer Crimes

By Robert S. Toale |

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 »

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COVID-19 – What Are Your Rights?

By Robert S. Toale |

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 »

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Carjacking Charges in Louisiana: What’s the Difference Between Carjacking and Vehicle Theft?

By Robert S. Toale |

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 »

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In 2019, New Orleans Had the Lowest Annual Murder Count in Nearly 50 Years

By Robert S. Toale |

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 »

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What Are Police Officers Looking for in Field Sobriety Tests?

By Robert S. Toale |

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 »

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Activities That May Constitute ‘Disturbing the Peace’ in New Orleans, Louisiana

By Robert S. Toale |

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 »

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You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer if Your Child is Accused of Car Burglary in New Orleans

By Robert S. Toale |

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 »

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Understanding the Difference Between Assault And Battery

By Robert S. Toale |

Assault and battery are both crimes of violence in Louisiana. Both can be charged as misdemeanors or assault, depending on the circumstances and the nature of the crime. Both should be taken seriously, as a criminal conviction for either assault or battery can lead to serious consequences for you and your family. What Is… Read More »

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Understanding The “Stand Your Ground” Law In Louisiana

By Robert S. Toale |

The use of extreme violence is almost always against the law in Louisiana. One area where non-consensual violence may be permitted, though, is when a person is using violence in self-defense. Self-defense is the area of law where the “Stand Your Ground” provisions come into play. What Does The Law Say? Louisiana Statute 14:20… Read More »

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White House to Enforce Federal Marijuana Law while Louisiana Medical Marijuana Moves Forward

By Robert S. Toale |

Marijuana law is on shaky ground. On February 23, 2017, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that the Department of Justice would be stepping up enforcement of federal law in states that have legalized recreational marijuana. While this move is not surprising given Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ historical distaste for marijuana, it is… Read More »

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