Criminal defense counsel must abide by client’s wishes

May 15, 2018

Yesterday the United States Supreme Court ruled that a lawyer cannot concede a criminal defendant’s guilt over the client’s stated objections. If a criminal defendant continually insists that his counsel refrain from admitting guilt, then that Counsel must abide by the client’s wishes even if in the defense counsel’s legal experience he might win the case on a lesser charge. For the Supreme Court’s full opinion click here: https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-8255_i4ek.pdf

 

Warrant Recall & Case Resolution Initiative April 23-28

April 26, 2018


During the week of April 23-28, 2018, Baton Rouge City Court is offering the citizens of Baton Rouge an opportunity to have their bench warrants recalled and to settle any associated traffic or criminal matter. If a citizen has all outstanding bench warrants recalled, the threat of arrest on those warrants will be removed. Citizens must check in between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. This initiative will culminate with a Saturday Court session on April 28, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 no...


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New changes to Private Works Act

December 20, 2017

Notice to Contractors and Homeowners undertaking home improvements….

Did you know that members of the Louisiana state legislature recently passed a new bill requiring home improvement contractors to comply with certain notice provisions to homeowners? If you hold a license as a residential building contractor or if you are registered as a home improvement contractor, then this is for you!

The Louisiana Legislature just amended and reenacted R.S. 37:2175.1(A)(1) and 2175.3...


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United States Department of Justice Issues Department Response to Disaster Fraud

November 2, 2017

Allegations of disaster fraud are already following in the wake of the recent hurricanes and wildfires. The call center for the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) has already received hundreds of complaints from across the country. This issue warrants a coordinated, nationwide response. In order to ensure that the Department of Justice effectively and quickly combats fraudulent conduct relating to the recent hurricanes, the Deputy Attorney General recently issued gu...


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Homeowner Tips for Rebuilding After a Natural Disaster

August 15, 2016

Unfortunately, along with the pain and suffering experienced as a result of natural disasters, unknowing homeowners can become victim to fraud, waste, and abuse. As discussed below, there are a number of important facts to be aware of when repairing or rebuilding your home.

Get written estimates from at least three companies. Insist on a written contract and do not pay a contractor cash up front or on a lump sum basis. To avoid a contractor absconding with your money, set up a...


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