ECONOMIC CRIMES IN SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA
Misdemeanor or felony, the outcome of this case can affect your job, your credit, custody of your kids and your ability to go hunting. Your charge may depend on the amount or value with which you are accused.
Your life has been turned upside down by arrest. First, your family has to worry about a bond. If they use a bondsman, they will have to put up 12% of the bond. This is non-returnable. By hiring an attorney before posting a bond, an attorney may be able to get the bond reduced, get the defendant released on his own recognizance, or help with a property bond. A property bond is like a refundable mortgage to the Parish. If the person arrested shows up for court, the bond is released after trial, plea or dismissal with $0 out-of-pocket expense. A condition of your bond will be to not leave Louisiana. If your job or school requires travel, you will need an attorney to get this restriction lifted or changed.
Economic Crimes in Southwestern Louisiana
The charge may be theft, fraud, credit card or access device fraud, shoplifting, purse snatching, possession of stolen property, worthless checks or check kiting, forgery or bribery. It will be screened by a senior assistant district attorney, who will make the decision about which charges will be accepted or refused, whether the case will be dismissed, referred to diversion, or sent to trial. Information can be traded for leniency.
Next comes arraignment. For a felony, the case will be assigned to a division for trial. The assistant district attorney in that division may make a plea offer, or decide to multi-bill the accused as a habitual offender. Multi -bill means that the minimum sentence will be increased.
Preliminary examination, Motion to Suppress, Lunacy Hearing and other Motions hearings follow. Exhibits must be viewed, witnesses interviewed, lab test results reviewed, photographs, videos & recordings turned over to the defense attorney in discovery. Defense experts may need to examine or test the State’s evidence. Before trial one or more pre-trial conference will follow and there may be several if other cases are tried ahead of yours on the trial docket.
Trial will be with a judge if it’s a misdemeanor. For a felony, there is the option of a jury.
If the outcome is unfavorable at trial, sentencing will follow. There can be a hearing to mitigate the sentence. Restitution may be ordered. An appeal can be taken following trial. Expungement may be available if a plea offer is accepted and is available if the case is dismissed, diversion is offered and completed or if the case is taken to trial and reaches a not guilty verdict.
The attorneys at Ellen Cronin Badeaux, LLC, at 985-892-1955, have 23 years of experience representing people accused of an economic crime in the cities of Amite, Baton Rouge, Bogalusa, Chalmette, Clinton, Covington, Denham Springs, Donaldsonville, Franklinton, Gonzales, Greensburg, Gretna, Hammond, Kenner, Livingston, Madisonville, Mandeville, Metairie, New Orleans, St. Francisville and Slidell in Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Jefferson, Livingston, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, West Feliciana and Washington Parishes.
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