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Eyewitnesses are wrong because crimes are surprise events

After a fight outside of a bar, you get arrested by the police. An eyewitness claims that you started the fight by pulling out a knife and threatening someone else. You're facing serious charges.

There's just one problem: The eyewitness is wrong. You were there, but you were simply walking by. You had nothing to do with the crime and just tried to get away from it as quickly as you could. How could they have made such a serious error?

Teen acquitted while claiming self-defense

A teenager in Louisiana was arrested after killing another young man, and he was put on trial for murder. He was acquitted, however, after showing that all he did was act in self-defense against a threat he could not otherwise evade.

Though the trial just concluded, the actual incident happened back in 2015, on Oct. 10. According to reports, the young man was 16 years old at the time, and he was being threatened by another teen who was 18 years old and physically larger than him.

More drunk drivers are on the road than arrest statistics show

It has long been known that drunk driving arrest statistics do not tell the whole story. After all, many people drink and drive without getting caught. While police can release arrest numbers, they know that other possible drunk drivers slipped through the cracks. However, it is hard to pin down exactly how many people drink and drive.

One way to find out is to ask adults anonymously if they drink and drive. When they don't fear repercussions, they may admit to it. In one study, over 4 million people said they sometimes drove after drinking too much.

Louisiana official charged with payroll fraud, other crimes

Did a state official commit fraud or has he been accused because someone wants him ousted from his civil service job?

That's what a Louisiana jury might be tasked with determining down the road.

Penalties you will face for DWI offenses in Louisiana

It can be important to know the penalties for DUI in Louisiana, not because you would want to be aware of what you would face if you are ever caught, but to understand how severe the penalties can be. Driving while intoxicated can cause devastating accidents that can not only kill the intoxicated driver, but innocent people who are sharing the road with them. For this reason, a first offense DWI is misdemeanor and will consistently have harsher penalties the more DWI’s that are accumulated within a ten-year period.

The first law you should know is you are breaking the law by operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.8 percent or higher. Higher amounts of BAC will incur harsher penalties. Here is what you can expect after being arrested for DWI in Louisiana.

Factors that influence how long drugs stay in your system

If you're getting drug tested, you may be wondering just how long those substances can stay in your system. This is especially true if you're worried about facing legal charges based on the results of the test.

Now, the answers are different for different types of drugs. Just like alcohol leaves your system relatively quickly, things like marijuana, cocaine or heroin can stay far longer. The reality, though, is that it's not exactly the same for everyone. We all have a variety of different factors that contribute, and it's important to know what they are. Here are a few examples:

  • Whether or not you are actually addicted to the substance
  • The frequency of use and whether or not you're a chronic user
  • Your age
  • Your weight
  • The percentage of body fat that makes up that weight
  • How long you have been using the drug in question
  • Your height
  • How fast your metabolism works
  • Your physiological makeup

Man charged in cases from the 1970s, extradited to Louisiana

A Massachusetts man has been arrested and extradited to Louisiana to answer to charges regarding sexual assaults of children that allegedly took place in the 1970s.

The man, now 73, formerly lived in Louisiana. He is accused of two counts of aggravated rape, according to a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office (JPSO). The sexual assaults reportedly occurred between 1973 and 1977, when the children were between 2 and 7 years old. One of the children was a boy, the other a girl.

Are you an accomplice to white collar crime?

You didn't commit a white collar crime yourself, but you're still facing criminal charges. The authorities claim you were an accomplice. What does it mean for your future and what options do you have?

First of all, you should know that you can face charges as an accomplice, even if you didn't technically commit the crime. For instance, perhaps you stayed late after work so that you could open the door for a co-worker, who then embezzled money from the company. You didn't see the money or take it yourself, but your co-worker gets arrested and tells the police you knew what was happening. You may be an accomplice.

Why do people suffer wrongful convictions?

A wrongful conviction is one of the most tragic things that can happen in the criminal justice system. Putting a person in jail, sometimes for decades, essentially steals their life away from them. Even if they get released later on, they can never get that time back.

Since DNA evidence entered the picture, many convictions have been overturned. It can offer solid proof that someone else committed the crime, and it can cast doubt on a jury's decisions made without this evidence. In some cases, DNA evidence is now being processed for cases that happened years ago, before it was even an option.

DWI: The difference between a first, second and third offense

Louisiana takes drinking and driving seriously, which is why the difference in penalties between a first, second and third offense are drastic.

2.5 percent of Louisiana residents report driving after drinking in excess, compared to the 1.9 percent national average. If the police pull you over for driving under the influence and you have a previous DUI conviction on your record, what penalties will you face?

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