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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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Two Louisiana Men Face Sex Trafficking Charges

By Robert S. Toale |

Sex crimes of all magnitudes carry with them serious consequences. Sex trafficking allegations are very serious. The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for the Administration for Children and Families describes this sex crime as the forcing of an underage person to engage in a sex act for commercial purposes. Two Louisiana men… Read More »

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Do Trespassing Laws Apply To Hunters?

By Robert S. Toale |

Louisiana hunters can go for hours without seeing other individuals when they are in the pursuit of game. They may choose to stay in one place and hope for luck to claim their targets or they may choose to move from hunting site to hunting site to improve their odds of making a kill…. Read More »

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A Discussion Of Tax Evasion And Its Possible Defenses

By Robert S. Toale |

Decades ago, Al Capone was suspected of being one of the most powerful crime bosses in America. As the head of an alleged crime family in Chicago, Capone was assumed to been involved in number of suspected murders. However, readers of this New Orleans criminal defense law blog may be surprised to hear that… Read More »

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A Review Of The Louisiana Laws Related To Marijuana

By Robert S. Toale |

Some states have legalized marijuana use for medicinal and recreational purposes. The federal government continues to ban marijuana possession under the Controlled Substances Act. With the many divergent state and federal laws that govern one’s legal ability to possess or use marijuana, a New Orleans resident might be rather confused about the whole state… Read More »

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What Are The Elements Of A Rape Case?

By Robert S. Toale |

In order for a defendant to be proven guilty of committing a crime, a prosecutor must successfully demonstrate that the individual met all of the required elements of the claim brought against him or her. In Louisiana, there are three different degrees of rape charges and each sets forth different elements required to prove… Read More »

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Doctor Indicted On Federal Charges

By Robert S. Toale |

In some criminal matters, a prosecutor may choose to present his or her allegations to a grand jury in order to determine the potential success of his or her case at trial. When this occurs, the prosecutor is seeking an indictment, which is a finding by the grand jury that the accused may be… Read More »

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What Happens If I Am Suspected Of Committing A Probation Violation?

By Robert S. Toale |

To understand the significance of violating probation, an individual must first understand what it means to be on probation. Readers of this New Orleans criminal defense law blog are encouraged to understand the terms of their probation sentences in order to gain a better understand of what may constitute violations. This post shall discuss… Read More »

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