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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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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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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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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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We Can Help You With Your Criminal Defense Strategy

By Robert S. Toale |

Last week this New Orleans criminal defense law blog presented some of the consequences that an individual may face if he or she is suspected of committing a probation violation. Probation violations, parole violations and a wide range of other criminal charges can impose restrictions on a person’s life and can prevent him or… Read More »

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A Discussion Of The Insanity Defense In Louisiana

By Robert S. Toale |

This New Orleans criminal defense law blog has devoted a number of prior posts to the discussion of defenses to particular crimes. This post presents a general defense that may be used not only for a single crime but rather applies to a number of criminal charges. That defense is insanity. In Louisiana, a… Read More »

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