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  • I got a ticket for possession of marijuana in Louisiana and didn't get arrested. Can I just pay off the ticket?

    The cops gave me a ticket for possession under 1 gram. It is my first offense and I just want to know if I can pay the ticket instead of going to court.

    Stephen’s Answer

    First, I must stress that you did not simply receive a ticket. Rather, you have been charged with a misdemeanor narcotics offense that can have serious consequences but the officer did you a favor by giving you a summons in lieu of arresting and booking you into parish prison. With that being said, you should be looking to hire a criminal defense attorney that regularly practices where the case is pending because they may be able to assist you in avoiding the conviction as well as save you a few trips to court.

    Best of luck to you!

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  • What are the consequences for 18 year old caught shoplifting in New Orleans?

    18 year old caught stealing approximately $100 item in New Orleans while traveling. What are the possible consequences? We are the person's mentors who live in Shoreline, WA.

    Stephen’s Answer

    I agree with prior counsel.

    I would further add that, under a worst case scenario, he is most likely just looking at a fine and some time on probation.

    Nonetheless, a skilled criminal defense attorney could provide much assistance with this matter.

    Best of luck to you!

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  • My fiancée was sentenced to 5 years under 15:529.1 second offense theft non violent he got time served calculated and

    Was told to take any and all self help. He did this to support drug habit oh and they ran it concurrent. It said no probation or demolition of sentence but did not say no parole. Can he be eligible for parole? This is Louisiana.

    Stephen’s Answer

    He should not be eligible for parole if he was sentenced under La. R.S. 15:529.1.

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  • What is thepenalty for simple battery in louisiana

    an simple argument turned into property damage..but when police arrived victim claimed he was struck once. there are no witnessses for the victim, or damage to alleged victims person...only their statement. i have a witness confirming my story.

    Stephen’s Answer

    0 to 6 months at parish prison and/or a $500.00 fine. Yet, assuming that you have no prior record, the most likely sentence would be suspended with 6 month to a year of probation.

    It also sounds like you may have a viable defense.

    Best of luck to you!

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  • Louisiana Marijuana laws lessened

    with the new bill that passed what happens to people currently on probation? Arrested for 1.3 grams it will be 2 years in October a d I've already paid over 1000$ in fees.

    Stephen’s Answer

    There is no presently indication that the new law was intended to be retroactive, and, as such, the law in effect at the time of the offense will likely govern, particularly when a person has already been sentenced pursuant to the old law.

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  • How much time can I serve for intent to distribute schedule II..125,000 bond can I get it reduce to get out on bail

    Prior record for marijuana charges drop but its still on my record They charge me with conspiracy and change it to intent to distribute schedule II

    Stephen’s Answer

    Assuming that you have no prior felony convictions, the sentencing range for distribution or possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule II narcotic is 2 to 30 years at the Department of Corrections.

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  • ''I was charged with drug paraphernalia (syringe). I want to know how my past felony convictions will affect this if at all?

    I have 3 prior felony convictions. 1. vehicular negligence. 2. Simple possession (1 adderall pill) 3.simple possession (17 klonapins)

    Stephen’s Answer

    It will absolutely affect how the prosecutor handles the case and may influence the judge when imposing sentence (assuming that you are convicted).

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  • What are my options? i have a summons for possession of marijuana, MIP of alcohol, & open container in public

    these charges happened on different dates but back to back. My court date is in a month. What are my options? these are my first charges.

    Stephen’s Answer

    I agree with prior counsel. You really should contact a criminal defense attorney who regularly practices where the charges are pending. Conversations, such as these, really are far better suited to be had in an attorney's office where the communications are protected under the attorney client privilege instead of public interest forums.

    Best of luck to you!

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  • I was given a job than denied for a misdemeanor on my record how is that right. I live in Louisiana. how do I get off record

    I,m a black female just want a job this will hurt me ever time, what are some things I can do pls

    Stephen’s Answer

    You should seek a consultation with a criminal defense attorney who regularly practices in the court where the conviction occurred regarding an expungement, which will remove all records of the case from public view.

    Most, if not all, misdemeanor convictions can be expunged. It's really just a matter of when. Sometimes immediately upon the successful completion of probation. Others after 5 years from the completion of the sentence. An attorney should be able to answer this question after reviewing the record.

    Best of luck to you!

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  • After jumping bail for dui how long before the prosecution cant prosecute me for it?

    a year ago i was arrested for first offense dui. I didn't show up for court and a warrant was issued for my arrest. Im really just trying to see how long does this particular warrant hold up as far as time before it is outdated.

    Stephen’s Answer

    Prescription (i.e.- the Louisiana term for statute of limitations) does not run for an offender who has jumped bail and the warrant will remain outstanding until you are arrested for it.

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