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January 2015 Archives

Lafayette sobriety court shows promise at reducing drunk driving

Drunk driving remains a pervasive problem, both here in Louisiana and nationwide. Laws and penalties for those convicted of driving under the influence have gotten considerably tougher in the past three decades, but punishment alone is not always an effective deterrent.

What is the difference between state and federal criminal charges?

Like many people, you may be under the impression that criminal offenses tried in federal courts are more serious than those tried in state and municipal courts. To some extent, this is true. But the primary difference between state and federal crimes can have more to do with jurisdiction than severity in many cases.

Definition of ‘possession’ may be broader than you think

The English language is full of phrases whose original meanings have either been lost or changed. A good example is being “caught red-handed.” At one time, it referred to being caught with blood on your hands, either because you had just committed murder or because you had been poaching animals on land that you did not own.

False confessions often lead to wrongful conviction

In our post last week, we mentioned that the American public often has misperceptions about the criminal justice system due to what they see on television crime dramas. On TV, for instance, investigators use foolproof forensics tools and honed interrogation techniques to ensure that the guilty – and only the guilty – are convicted and put behind bars.

Criminal law and misdemeanor charges

Criminal law has become synonymous with violent crimes and high-profile cases thanks to the general public's love of crime dramas. Unfortunately, this has also led to some Louisiana residents believing that a defense attorney is only needed for serious crimes such as felonies. Misdemeanor offenses, while certainly less serious than felony charges, should not be taken lightly.

Meet Attorney Guillory

Attorney Joshua S. Guillory was born in Alexandria, Louisiana. Upon graduating high school from Alexandria Senior High, he enrolled in classes at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree. Josh was a member of Mu Kappa Tau, a national honor society for marketing majors, while attending... Read More

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