New Orleans Felony Lawyer
Serving Clients Accused of Serious Crimes in Gretna, Jefferson Parish, and New Orleans
Felonies are the most serious crimes. They involve allegations of the most serious conduct and carry the most severe penalties, including forfeiture, fines, long-term imprisonment and even capital punishment. If you find yourself under investigation for a felony, even if you have yet to be arrested, indicted, or charged, it is vital that you retain a dedicated and zealous Louisiana felony defense attorney. You need someone in your corner at all stages of the investigation and prosecution to make sure that one misstep does not derail the rest of your life.
If you are facing felony charges, you want someone focused and dedicated exclusively to defending against criminal charges. The Law Offices of Robert S. Toale does not split time between criminal cases and personal injury matters to make a quick buck. We do criminal law, and we have 30 years of experience doing just that. Our New Orleans felony lawyers have decades of experience defending clients against the most serious criminal charges including:
- Felony drug crimes, such as serious drug trafficking
- Federal crimes
- Felony DWI
- Sexual offenses
- Violent crimes, including assault & battery and homicide
- White collar crimes, such as fraud, embezzlement, and computer crimes
Punishments for felonies in Louisiana
Technically, a felony is any crime that is punishable by a jail sentence of a year or more. Felony crimes in Louisiana are punished according to guidelines for each specific crime. Violent offenses, sexual offenses, offenses involving weapons, and offenses involving very large drug quantities or large monetary values are punished the most severely.
Louisiana still carries the death penalty for “capital offenses.” While the death penalty is reserved only for the most serious crimes, any felony conviction can ruin the life of a defendant. Besides capital punishment, felony convictions can carry serious, life-altering penalties including life imprisonment (with or without the possibility of parole), probation, hard labor (while imprisoned), fines, and restitution, as well as probation and community service.
Felony convictions will not only land a defendant in prison; they will also have consequences with regard to immigration status, employability, housing, credit, and professional licensing, not to mention reputational damage. Felony convictions become part of your permanent record. You can lose your entire livelihood, especially if the crime relates to your profession. While there are procedures for having felony records expunged, it takes at least a decade, and the procedure is not available for all crimes. Any felony conviction is likely to affect your life for years to come. You need a dedicated New Orleans criminal defense lawyer on your side to mitigate the potentially devastating effects of a felony conviction.
Hire an attorney immediately
If you are facing felony investigation or felony charges, you need to seek help from a seasoned Louisiana criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. One of the biggest mistakes people make is to wait too long to get legal help. By the time they decide to bring in a lawyer, significant damage has likely already been done to their defense. The sooner you get a legal expert involved, the better your chances of a successful result.
A dedicated criminal defense lawyer can help you manage the investigation, increase your chances of getting out on bail, and help you fight for reduced charges, mitigated penalties, or to have the charges dropped entirely. We will work with you to determine whether a plea for reduced charges is in your best interest, whether the prosecutor can be convinced to dismiss the charges, or whether we should fight your case all the way through trial and, if necessary, appeal. We do not let overzealous prosecutors or police steamroll and bully our clients. Our job is defending your life and your rights.
Contact Our New Orleans Felony Defense Lawyer
If you are under investigation for a felony or have already been arrested or charged with a serious crime in New Orleans, contact the Law Offices of Robert S. Toale. We have decades of experience defending clients against felony investigations and charges and will bring our experience to bear to fight for your rights. Call 504-368-8440 for immediate assistance, or contact us online to schedule a no-cost, confidential consultation.