What is The Age of Consent in Louisiana?
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by Gaynell Williams, LLC.
1M ago
In the United States, the age of consent is defined as the minimum age at which a person's consent to sexual intercourse is legally valid. In simple terms, having sex with anyone below this age is illegal. In the United States, the age of consent is determined by each state, so the ages of consent vary. This applies to you whether or not you are a minor (someone who cannot consent to sex) or a legal adult (someone who can consent to sex), as it may be illegal to have sex with a minor, even if you are one yourself. Considering the legal ramifications of making such mistakes, you must be fully ..read more
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A Guide to First Offense Child Endangerment in Louisiana: What to Expect
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by Gaynell Williams, LLC.
1M ago
The state of Louisiana takes the welfare of children and minors very seriously, as they are expected to be cared for by their parents or guardians. Parents, guardians, and any other adults that put the welfare of a child at risk can be charged with child endangerment. Considering that anyone can be charged with child endangerment, it is important to understand what constitutes it and the punishment sanctioned by law for first-time and repeat offenders. What Constitutes Child Endangerment in Louisiana? The term "child endangerment'' is used rather broadly in Louisiana to refer to a group of cr ..read more
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Carnal Knowledge Of A Juvenile (Statutory Rape) In Louisiana
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by Gaynell Williams, LLC.
1M ago
Carnal knowledge of a juvenile is an extremely serious charge, commonly known as statutory rape. This refers to sexual intercourse with anyone below the legal age of consent. According to the law concerning “carnal knowledge of a juvenile” discussed in Louisiana Revised Statutes ,14:80 and ,14:80.1, this crime can either be a felony or misdemeanor, depending on the age difference between the offender and the juvenile jvictim. Since carnal knowledge of a juvenile is an extremely serious Tier 1 sexual offense, familiarizing yourself with Louisiana’s laws on the subject matter is important. Let's ..read more
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What Are The 3 Tiers of Sex Offenders in Louisiana?
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2M ago
In the state of Louisiana, a sexual offender is a person who has been convicted of a sexual crime. Of course, such a conviction is attached to many long-term consequences, such as jail time and a spot on ,Louisiana’s Sex Offender Registry. The state of Louisiana has three different tiers used in the classification of sexual offenders. These tiers are based on how severe the crime is and also determine the penalties attached. Let’s take a look at Louisiana’s 3 tiers of sexual offense. Tier 1 Tier one is the lowest sex offense Tier, and people in this tier are considered at low risk of committi ..read more
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Indecent Behavior With Juveniles: Louisiana State Legislature
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by Nikolina Todorovic
3M ago
The ,Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections states that its corrections office oversees approximately 2,200 convicted sex offenders, and many of the offenders on this list were convicted for “indecent behavior with juveniles.” As you might imagine, the state of Louisiana takes laws concerning indecent behavior with juveniles and child predation very seriously. Since Louisiana does not recognize ignorance of the law where child predation is concerned, it is extremely important to understand what constitutes indecent behavior with juveniles, as well as the attached punishments sa ..read more
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What Does a Lawyer - Client DWI Retainer Agreement Look Like? And, What Does it Mean?
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by Gaynell Williams, LLC.
7M ago
At Gaynell Williams LLC, nearly all of the DWI clients are completely new to the process, as they have never been in a similar situation before. Such clients, as they have never had to hire a lawyer before, have a lot of questions and concerns, especially about the retainer agreement they sign at the very beginning. “How do DWI or DUI attorneys get paid?”, “What costs does the retainer amount cover? “What do the additional costs mean?”, etc. are the most common questions we get. To make the process a little easier to follow, we have here both our actual Retainer Agreement that we use to engag ..read more
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Is Overdosing an Infraction in Louisiana?
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by Gaynell Williams, LLC.
7M ago
What if I ever overdose on a drug? Will I be able to seek medical attention without being arrested? What happens if I try to help someone who appears to be overdosing? Will I go to jail if I help them seek medical care? These are some of the most common questions that get asked, since possession of Schedule I narcotic drugs is illegal in Louisiana. So, let’s find out whether you can, in fact, be charged with possession if you either overdose or seek help for someone who is overdosing. What is drug overdose? If someone takes prescription medications, illicit drugs, or other substances in very ..read more
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DWI Administrative Hearings After DWI Arrests in Louisiana
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by Gaynell Williams, LLC.
7M ago
How Can a Motorist Win a DWI Administrative Hearing in Louisiana? When a motorist is arrested in Louisiana for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPSC) will suspend the motorist’s driving privileges. This is a civil process that is totally separate from the DWI charge that will be brought by the prosecutor, usually the District Attorney or the City Attorney. In other words, Louisiana has two statutory schemes regarding the suspension of driving privileges for persons who are arrested for DWI. One scheme is a civil and administrative lic ..read more
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How Do Child Custody Laws Work in Louisiana?
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by Gaynell Williams, LLC.
8M ago
When parents get a divorce, whose needs count more? Those of parents? Or those of children? Whether it is the parents discussing their child custody plans, or a court actually awarding custody, they all place the “best interests of the child” first. The family courts in Louisiana are vested with jurisdiction over child custody issues and visitation rights. The courts do allow the divorcing parents to come up with an agreement that could translate into a legal agreement or judgment. Most divorces these days that involve children include a parenting plan that lays down all the days the child ge ..read more
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How Does Louisiana Law Protect You Against Racial Discrimination?
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by Gaynell Williams, LLC.
8M ago
The diversity of American neighborhoods and workplaces is one of Louisiana’s most important strengths. It is unfortunate that not everyone adheres to that belief. There are times when people are subjected to discrimination based upon their race, skin color, or national origin. Louisiana, like other states, mostly relies on federal civil rights protections to protect against racial discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency tasked with enforcing anti-discrimination laws in the workplace. So, earlier this year, when Don’s Specialty Meats in southern ..read more
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