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Job hunting with a felony charge

Once a person is convicted of a criminal charge in Louisiana, he or she has a criminal record that can be accessed by pretty much anyone. Many employers run background checks that look at criminal records. This can make it difficult for a convicted felon to find a job because many employers will not hire someone with a felony in their background. However, they can still get a job. They just need to take some special steps to help them towards their goal.

Is drug use during pregnancy a crime?

There is no denying that there is a huge drug crisis in this country and in Louisiana. Opioid use, in particular, is especially an issue. This means that there are also more babies being born to addicted mothers. People wonder if having a baby addicted to drugs is a crime. Can a mother be arrested or jailed because she used drugs during her pregnancy? The answer is more difficult than one would think.

Understanding Louisiana’s DWI/DUI laws

Louisiana drivers who get behind the wheel after having a few drinks or engaging in the use of illegal drugs do so at their own risk. Louisiana has stiff penalties for driving while intoxicated and driving under the influence of illegal substances. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control states that a Louisiana driver must have a blood alcohol content of less than 0.08 percent in order to be considered legal to drive. That level decreases to less than 0.02 percent if the driver is someone under the legal drinking age of 21.

What are the long-lasting effects of a felony charge?

If you are convicted of a felony in Louisiana, the punishment may go far beyond that which is handed down by the court. There are many lasting effects that will cause you to lose rights and that could alter your life. According to the Louisiana Justice Coalition, a felony charge may affect your employment, ability to receive government benefits and your civil rights.

How drug courts impact methamphetamine addiction

If you or someone you love ever had a methamphetamine addiction, then you may have first-hand knowledge about just how debilitating and damaging such an addiction can be. The highly addictive drug leads many people to do things they may never consider had they not had such an addiction, but the drug addiction is also tremendously hard for many users to beat on their own.

Getting life back on track after drug charges

Drug use often does not seem like a serious problem until the moment when you are behind bars and facing drug charges. According to the Louisiana Drug Control Update, in previous years, the state has had a higher than average drug-related death rate. Alarming figures such as this make it clear that drug use is, in fact, a serious problem for people of all ages and backgrounds.

How can expungement give me a second chance?

When it comes to criminal charges and convictions in Louisiana, the fewer you have, the better. After serving your time and dealing with the consequences associated with your situation, you may be ready to put everything behind you and move on. Today's society is not too forgiving of people who have criminal records. Fortunately, you may be able to wipe your criminal record clean with expungement. 

An explanation of confusing criminal defense terms

If you are facing criminal charges in Louisiana, you may find some of the terminology confusing. Legal and political terms may not be as clear as you would like and can lead to misunderstandings. We at Jacqueline A. Scott and Associates are here not only to fight for your rights, but also to make sure you understand the charges that are being made.

Was your child charged with underage drinking at college?

Your son is hard-working, smart and attending a great college. Everything seems to be going great until you get an unexpected call that he has been busted for underage drinking. This shocking revelation comes with a whole host of questions. You might be wondering what this incident can mean for your son and his future. To help your child, you should understand the consequences of a minor in possession charge.

Solitary confinement in the center of recent lawsuit

Many people in Louisiana may not consider the welfare of men and women once they are incarcerated. However, the welfare of prison inmates is a growing concern. A recent lawsuit highlights why some of the methods used in prisons are questioned and why the conditions of inmates are garnering attention.

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