It is one of those calls that every parent dreads: the police are on the phone to notify you that your child has been picked up and is suspected of illegal activity. Some Louisiana parents north of Lake Charles recently received such a call after their 13-year-old boy was arrested in Caddo Parish.
News articles about alleged wrongdoing all have something in common: the person arrested always sounds guilty. Why? Because the details of arrests and evidence all come from the police or prosecutors. Naturally, those two groups are not particularly interested in other versions of events. Their jobs are to make arrests and get convictions.
Last year's sweeping reform resulted in drastic changes to Louisiana's prison population. For instance, state officials have reported that there has been a 20 percent decrease in people put in prison for nonviolent crime and a 42 percent decrease in the number of people imprisoned for drug possession.
It takes about two hours to drive northeast from Calcasieu Parish to Evangeline Parish. According to Louisiana State Police, its detectives recently arrested four women and a man on insurance fraud charges.
On its website, the FBI says that the Felony Lane Gang is "a group of organized burglary and identity theft rings" that originates in Florida. Crews elsewhere are said to operate independently, but also take direction from "a loose hierarchy."
A recently released study by the Governors Highway Safety Association says there has been a seismic shift in America: more drivers are high on drugs than drunk. The group examined data from 2016 to make its determination.
It takes a little more than four hours to drive east on interstate 10 and other highways to get to Cut Off, Louisiana. The 200-mile distance can be covered easily enough in a car, but what if you were driving a lawn mower? The town of less than 6,000 in Lafourche Parish recently garnered some national attention when one of its residents was arrested for drunk driving – on a lawn mower.
The American Diabetes Association says that more than 30 million Americans are diabetic, which is about seven times the population of Louisiana. People with diabetes often struggle with related health issues, including increased risks of glaucoma, heart disease, neuropathy and nerve damage.
Regular readers of our Lake Charles legal blog will recall that early this year we wrote a post about problems with LACE (Local Agency Compensated Enforcement), a program designed to strengthen local law enforcement agencies across Louisiana. LACE was funded by local district attorneys who contracted with the State Police to have troopers help local agencies enforce traffic laws.
Everyone has at least a vague understanding that Louisiana's drunk driving laws are among the toughest in the nation, but the details of the specific punishments are often unclear to the average person. Even people who are lifelong residents are often unprepared for the laundry list of harsh punishments a person can face after an arrest for driving while intoxicated.