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David E. Stanley APLC

The types of criminal cases that I handle include drug trafficking, simple possession, possession with intent to distribute, cultivation of marijuana, and distribution and transportation of drugs. These cases may involve methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, heroin and other controlled and dangerous substances. I also accept cases involving sex crimes, including rape, indecent behavior with a juvenile, prostitution, solicitation of prostitution and human trafficking. I also accept cases involving crimes of violence, including murder, manslaughter, negligent homicide, arson, kidnapping, and aggravated battery. In addition, I accept fraud cases including wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, and embezzlement. Finally, I also handle firearm and weapon charges, including the use of firearms in a drug trafficking crime.

What Are The Top Misconceptions People Have About Being Arrested For A Crime?

The top misconception that people have is that when first approached by law enforcement officers to answer questions about a crime, they incorrectly assume that they do not need a lawyer and they should simply cooperate and answer their questions. They incorrectly assume that they can talk their way out of being arrested. Many do so with a misunderstanding of the seriousness of the situation and the felony charges being investigated. Many people believe that they have done nothing wrong or that their conduct was justified. They do not understand all of the many different ways that they can hurt themselves by speaking to police without a lawyer present. They have a constitutional right to remain silent and they should exercise it until their lawyer is present with them.

What Are The Common Ways In Which People Unintentionally Hurt Their Criminal Case?

People commonly hurt their criminal cases by making voluntary statements to police without their lawyer present with them, by giving their consent to an otherwise unlawful or unauthorized search of their home or property, and by posting comments regarding a crime on social media. Law enforcement officers use social media sites as a source of evidence, so it’s very important that people avoid posting comments online that relate to their criminal cases.

How And When Do Miranda Rights Come Into Play In A Criminal Case?

Miranda rights come into play once the police have restrained your voluntary movements so that you are not free to end the encounter and leave, or when you have been placed under arrest. Many people believe that when a police officer approaches them, and begins speaking to them or asking them questions, that the police officer must first read them their Miranda rights. They believe that if they do not, then whatever they say can’t be used against them. However, that is not correct. As long as the person is a voluntarily conversation with the police, or voluntarily answering their questions, and they have not been taken into custody or arrested, then the police are not required to read them their Miranda rights. In those circumstances anything they say can and will be used against them at trial.

What Is The Difference Between A Misdemeanor And A Felony Charge Or Conviction?

In federal court, a felony is a crime that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of more than one year. Federal felony crimes are classified in five classes by letter grades from Class A, which are the most serious felonies, to Class E, which are the least serious federal felonies. A federal misdemeanor is a crime that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of one year or less. Federal misdemeanors are classified into three classes with Class A misdemeanors being the most serious and Class C misdemeanors being the least serious.

In Louisiana, a felony is any crime for which the offender may be sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor, whereas a misdemeanor is simply any crime that is not a felony.

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David E. Stanley

(225) 306-8881