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Is resisting arrest a hate crime?

Could resisting arrest get you charged with a hate crime?

In Louisiana, yes. Last year, Louisiana became the first state to enact what is now known as a "Blue Lives Matter" law, resisting arrest and scuffling with police can be interpreted as an assault or an attack -- which is seen as a hate crime against police and emergency responders of any sort.

Louisiana car accident laws and the settlement process

Imagine setting out for your summer road trip. Everything you need is in the back of the car and by the end of the week, you will be at the Grand Canyon. You had been planning the trip for several months and now all you had to do was jump on to I-10 and head west. Unfortunately, you were not the only one on the road. Before you even left Lake Charles city limits, another driver sideswiped you and brought your summer vacation to an early end.

Now, you are facing medical bills for your injuries, the insurance adjuster has already declared your car a lost cause, and you lost all the equipment you had so carefully packed. When people are involved in car accidents due to another driver's negligence, they often have the option to seek reimbursement for losses and compensation for their physical and mental injuries. An experienced attorney in the Lake Charles area can help you file a claim for your losses and fight for the compensation you deserve. Read further to find out more about the car accident settlement process in Louisiana.

Uninjured spouses may have a right to loss of consortium claims

Husbands and wives are often the silent victims of their spouses' personal injuries when the injury changes the nature of their marriage in a negative way.

If you're the uninjured spouse, it only seems fair that you should be able to recover some form of compensation for your losses as well -- and that may be possible with a loss of consortium claim, which examines several different possible ways your marriage may have been negatively affected by your spouse's injuries:

Witness for the prosecution may lose plea deal

When you make a deal with the prosecution to testify in exchange for a lesser sentence, you're expected to keep your end of the bargain.

The prosecution in a recent Louisiana case is hesitating to honor the plea agreement that had been worked out with the co-defendant of a man on trial for felony murder in a botched drug robbery case that has gripped the local media.

What happens if you're injured at someone's home?

Getting injured at the home of a friend or a relative during a summer barbecue or a backyard family reunion is the definition of a nightmare for a lot of people -- especially if the injury is severe.

Unfortunately, even good friends and relatives can make foolish mistakes. For example, your buddy may have been excited to show off the stone fire pit he built -- but if he didn't clean up the leftover stone and tools laying around in the nearby grass, that's an accident waiting to happen in the dim light of early evening. Similarly, if your cousin is hosting the family reunion and forgets to warn people that his porch rail is broken, you and several other people could end up taking a tumble off the porch just by leaning up against the wrong spot.

How your attorney decides the exact dollar value of your claim

In an earlier post, we briefly discussed how an attorney starts to determine the value of a personal injury claim. Eventually, your attorney has to decide exactly what figure to ask for in compensation.

This figure has to be justified in some way in relation to your injuries, however, if you expect to collect. Here's how your attorney might start to figure out the exact dollar amount to use for your claim:

Don't give permission to search your personal electronic devices

What should you do if a police officer asks if it's okay to look at your smartphone, tablet or laptop?

An officer or detective may ask your permission in the tone that implies that asking is merely a courtesy, but make no mistake -- if the police had the right to look at your smartphone or other electronic device without your permission, they wouldn't be asking. Do not surrender that right without first speaking to an attorney.

Youthful mistakes can result in a lifelong criminal record

The teen years and young adulthood are a time of learning and growth. For many people, the way that major life lessons develop is through mistakes. Most of the time, those mistakes and the consequences they bring are minor. In some cases, however, if you break the law and get caught, a youthful mistake can change your life. Whether you were doing something reckless in a vehicle, experimenting with drugs, trying your hand at graffiti art or breaking into someone's house to play a prank, you could end up facing serious criminal charges that could haunt you for the rest of your life.

You may hope that the courts will show leniency if you are young and your crime was the result of a simple mistake. Sadly, many young people who assume they will receive light punishments learn that lesson the hard way, too. If you are facing criminal charges for any reason, you need to speak with an experienced Louisiana criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can review the details of your situation and help you develop the best possible defense strategy for your case. Working with an experienced attorney is your best option if you are facing criminal charges.

How do you determine what a personal injury claim is worth?

If you've been injured due to someone else's negligence, it's only natural to wonder what your lawsuit may be worth. Financial concerns are often a big worry for those who have been watching the bills pile up ever since their accident.

While your attorney is going to be your ultimate guide when it comes to placing a value on your personal injury case, the compensation you receive is largely determined by your injuries. Permanent injuries are compensated more heavily than temporary ones, and severe injuries are compensated more heavily than mild ones.

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