Louisiana Criminal Defense Attorney
Felony crimes are serious crimes carrying a high price. In Louisiana, felonies are generally punishable by death or state imprisonment. A felony conviction has far more reaching effects on your personal life and future, including: custody or visitation of your children, employment opportunities, ability to obtain loans, and your reputation. Thus, it is important you have a Louisiana criminal defense attorney who will provide you with a vigorous defense.
What Are the Differences Between a Felony and Misdemeanor?
Pursuant to Louisiana Criminal Code a felony is “any crime for which an offender may be sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor.” Revised Statute 14:2 A (4). Felonies are usually punishable by a year minimum incarceration and/or a minimum of a $1000 fine.
Misdemeanor offenses are lesser crimes punishable by a fine and/or a maximum year imprisonment.
Examples of Louisiana Felonies
Generally, crimes, especially violent crimes, against another person are considered felonies. They may include:
- Second degree murder – When you intentionally kill or inflict serious bodily harm on another.
- First degree murder – Second degree murder but under aggravating circumstances, such as the killing occurred during a rape or armed robbery.
- Manslaughter – You commit murder under mitigating circumstances. The murder occurred immediately after sufficient provocation, depraving you of your self-control, like catching your spouse cheating on you.
- Armed robbery – Robbery with a deadly weapon.
- Assault with a firearm – The firearm actually discharged during the assault.
- Aggravated battery – A dangerous weapon was used during the battery.
- Second degree battery – You intended to commit serious bodily harm.
- Second degree aggravated battery – You used a dangerous weapon and intended to inflict serious bodily harm.
Our Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Will Fight for You
A felony charge does not equate a felony conviction; however, given the seriousness of the charge and potential loss of substantial freedoms and rights, it is crucial to seek the assistance of a skilled felony criminal defense attorney.
We understand that your future is dependent on the outcome of your case. We will help you through each step of the litigation process, as well as inform you of your options, strategies and the ramifications.
Aggressive Representation and Meticulous Preparation
Our felony criminal defense attorney will work hard to obtain the outcome you deserve. From the onset of our representation, and irrespective of whether we negotiate a plea bargain or your case goes to trial, we fight to protect your rights and your future by:
- Conducting an independent investigation
- Securitizing the evidence and police procedure and conduct
- Identifying your case weaknesses so we could proactively address them
- Strategizing your best defenses
Defense Available in Louisiana
There are several defenses we may be able to argue for you:
- Lack of Evidence – The prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence to meet his or her burden or failed to prove some element of the crime. For example, the prosecution did not have evidence that you had the intention to kill or inflict serious bodily harm in a second-degree murder charge.
- Self Defense (S. 14:19) or Defense of Others (R.S. 14:22) – Your use of force or violence against the other person was justifiable under the circumstances. The jury may consider the other person’s age and physique, and whether s/he had a weapon.
- Constitutional Rights Violations – Any evidence obtained from a violation of your constitutional rights is generally inadmissible. Thus, if after your arrest and your request for an attorney the police continued to interrogate you, then any confession could be excluded from evidence.
Contact a Louisiana Felony Criminal Defense Attorney
If you believe you could be charged with a felony, or if you are being questioned regarding a felony, don’t wait to obtain representation. Contact a criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara at (866) 708-9024 as soon as possible.