Louisiana Criminal Defense
Louisiana Felony Charge? I Can Help!
Under Louisiana law, a “felony” is any crime for which an offender may be sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor. A “misdemeanor” is any crime other than a felony. A misdemeanor charge is less serious than a felony charge because the penalties are less severe.
In a very limited number of the most serious felony crimes, a felony conviction may result in the offender being sentenced to death. A felony conviction may also result in a lengthy term of imprisonment and, for some very serious crimes, may result in a sentence of life without benefit of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. In addition to a lengthy term of imprisonment, a felony sentence may also require the offender to pay a substantial fine, make financial restitution to the victim, register as a sex offender, submit to lengthy terms of supervised or unsupervised probation, and submit to random drug testing. A felony conviction will also deprive the offender of the right to vote and the right to own or possess a firearm. It may also result in a loss of government benefits, prevent the offender from obtaining professional licenses, and make it difficult to find housing and employment. In such a case, it is advised to get help from a Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyer.
My name is David Stanley. I have successfully practiced criminal law from my office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for over 34 years as a Criminal Defense Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA. I have experience defending individuals charged with serious felony crimes in Louisiana. I also have experience and knowledge practicing as a Criminal Defense Attorney in East Baton Rouge Parish. I will treat you with the respect and compassion that you deserve.
My pledge to you is to:
- Gather the information necessary for me to candidly and realistically assess your legal situation.
- Carefully advise you of the strengths and weaknesses of your case.
- Clearly explain the defenses and other legal options available to you.
- Greatly exceed your expectations by working tirelessly to help you resolve your legal problems.
Exercise Your Rights to Avoid Seriously Damaging Your Case
The bad news is that, in many cases, the only direct evidence, or the most damaging evidence, regarding the commission of a crime is an admission or incriminating statement made by the accused person before he or she has spoken to or retained an attorney. This typically happens when a person under investigation is approached by law enforcement officers and questioned without an attorney present. Feeling pressured, threatened, or hoping to talk themselves out of trouble, the accused person agrees to answer questions without a lawyer present. The accused then makes damaging admissions or incriminating statements, or consents to an otherwise unlawful search of his or her person or property, or voluntarily waives important constitutional rights and other legal protections.
If you are approached by law enforcement officers and questioned by them, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say to them can, and will be, used against you in court. Try to get in touch with a Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyer. You should fully exercise your right to remain silent until you have retained counsel and your counsel is present with you. This means:
- Do not answer any questions or volunteer any information.
- If they ask for your permission or consent to search your person or any of your property, state clearly that you DO NOT give your permission or consent for them to search your home, business, car, or any of your other property until they obtain a search warrant.
- Do not verbally waive your rights or sign a rights waiver form.
- Do not voluntarily give them any of your personal documents or business records until they obtain a search warrant.
- Do not voluntarily consent to allow them to take any swabs of your DNA or to take samples of your blood, breath, saliva, semen, or other bodily fluids until they obtain a search warrant.
The good news is that I can help you avoid making these critical mistakes. They can easily be avoided. Call me as soon as you are first approached, contacted, or arrested by law enforcement agents. You have the constitutional right to remain silent and the right to have an experienced criminal defense attorney of your choice present with you during any questioning by law enforcement agents. However, it is up to you to exercise your rights by clearly telling law enforcement agents that you are not going to answer any of their questions until you have consulted with your lawyer and until your lawyer present with your during their questioning.
Contact me BEFORE you agree to meet with them, and BEFORE you make any statements to them or answer any of their questions, and BEFORE you consent to any searches of your home, business, or other property, and BEFORE you waive any of your constitutional or legal rights. Let me help you avoid making critical mistakes that may seriously damage your case and significantly reduce your opportunity for a successful outcome. Call now to get started solving your legal problems today! I have been practicing as a Criminal Defense Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA and as a Criminal Defense Attorney in East Baton Rouge Parish for over 34 years.
Cases I accept include:
Possession, or possession with the intent to distribute, manufacture, or transport drugs, narcotics, and other controlled dangerous substances including:
- Cocaine and crack cocaine
- Designer drugs
- MDMA including Ecstasy and Molly
- Marijuana or synthetic marijuana
- Oxycontin and other opiates
- Prescription pills and pill mill cases
Sex crimes including:
- Aggravated rape, forcible rape, simple rape, or statutory rape
- Aggravated sexual battery
- Carnal knowledge of a juvenile
- Crime Against Nature
- Human trafficking
- Indecent behavior with juveniles
- Prostitution and solicitation
Property crimes including:
Crimes of violence including:
- First degree murder
- Second degree murder
- Solicitation for murder
- Homicide including negligent homicide and vehicular homicide
- Aggravated battery
- Aggravated assault
- Armed robbery
- Home invasion
Other felony crimes including:
- Louisiana Racketeering Act violations
- Money Laundering
- Chemical dumping and other environmental crimes
- Conspiracy and attempts
- Bribery, extortion, and public corruption
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