Rapper and businessman Jay-Z once said, “We all lose when the family feuds,” He was likely correct. Family law and criminal law in Louisiana are two (2) different areas of law, but sometimes they intersect, and that is never a good thing. Previously, our Louisiana criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams discussed how a parent could be charged with kidnapping their own child. Today, let’s talk about how past-due child support can become a criminal case.
If someone has a child or children and they have been ordered by a court to pay for the support and maintenance of their child or children, that person has what is called a support obligation. Pursuant to the Deadbeat Parents Punishment Act of Louisiana, it is unlawful for someone to intentionally fail to pay a support obligation for any child residing in the State of Louisiana if:
1. The support obligation has remained unpaid for at least six (6) months or
2. The support obligation is at least two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) or more, or both.
Intentionally failing to pay a support obligation can lead to increasingly severe consequences. The penalties include a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) and/or imprisonment for up to six (6) months for a first offense. A second offense is punishable by a two thousand five-hundred-dollar ($2,500) fine and/or imprisonment for up to two (2) years, with or without hard labor.
Without regard to whether it’s your first offense or not, if someone owes a support obligation of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) or more and the obligation has been outstanding for more than one year, they will be sentenced as if it is a second or subsequent offense.
Additionally, a conviction does not relieve a person from their support obligation. Restitution in an amount equal to the total unpaid support obligation must be repaid, and an order must be entered to that effect at sentencing. However, if it is a first offense and restitution is paid before the person is sentenced, the court is not required to, but could, suspend the entire sentence or a portion of it. Thus, paying the restitution can pay off--pun intended!
With that said, intentionally failing to pay a support obligation remains a serious matter. However, there is a silver lining. There is an affirmative defense to the charge of failing to pay child support. If a person was financially unable to pay their support obligation during and after the period that they failed to pay, the inability to pay can be raised as a defense to the charge. As the burden is on the defendant to prove an affirmative defense, an experienced criminal defense attorney may prove vital to a good defense.
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Did you know that the commission of one act can potentially lead to multiple different criminal charges? Moreover, did you know that you may be charged with one offense and can potentially be convicted of another?
If this does not make sense, continue reading as our Louisiana criminal defense attorney Philip B. Adams explains how lesser and included offenses can affect criminal cases.
Let’s say that someone commits the act of using a hammer to hit someone. In that case, the person may be charged with aggravated battery in Louisiana. An aggravated battery is committed when someone intentionally uses force or violence against another person without their consent while using a dangerous weapon. In addition to an aggravated battery, the person can also be charged with a simple battery. A simple battery is committed when someone intentionally uses force or violence against another person without their consent.
In that case, the aggravated battery is the greater offense, and the simple battery is the lesser and included offense. If a person commits an offense that consists of all of the elements or requirements of other lesser crimes, they can be prosecuted for the greater offense or the lesser and included offense. Moreover, if the person is charged with the greater offense, they can be convicted of any of the lesser and included offenses.
Using our previous example, if the person is charged with aggravated battery because they used a hammer which is a dangerous weapon, but the evidence establishes that the hammer was a toy made of plastic and not dangerous, in that case, the person will likely not be convicted of aggravated battery because there was no use of a dangerous weapon. However, the person may still be convicted of simple battery because it is a lesser included offense. Thus, although the prosecution likely cannot establish that the hammer was a dangerous weapon, and, therefore, would not be able to sustain its burden of proof to obtain a conviction of aggravated battery, if the prosecution establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intentionally used force or violence against the alleged victim without the victim’s consent, a simple battery was proved.
Why Lesser and Included Crimes are Important
Lesser and included crimes are important because they can potentially expose a criminal defendant to penalties for offenses that were not originally anticipated. Although lesser and included offenses are, by definition, less serious than the greater charged offense, they must still be considered when defending a criminal case. It may sound like a lot, but an experienced criminal defense attorney should be able to help you get the situation figured out.
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The Law Offices of Philip B. Adams has Louisiana criminal lawyers with experience working on criminal cases of all types from the charging phase to the conclusion. The firm has an extensive criminal defense practice and can help guide you through the legal process. Whether you are charged with a greater offense or a lesser included offense, our office can help. We are located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and have handled cases throughout the state.
If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney and want to discuss your case, do not hesitate to fill out our easy-to-use online form to set up a consultation.
By far, the lengthiest part of many personal injury cases is the discovery process. In a previous post, our Louisiana personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams explained that discovery is the exchange of information between the parties. Here, let’s go into a little more detail about the purpose and the process of discovery.
The Purpose of Discovery
Whether you are a plaintiff or a defendant, discovery aims to find information, documents, and/or evidence that helps your case or harms your opponent’s case, or both. With that in mind, an attorney will typically cast a wide net by using several discovery methods.
The Methods of Discovery
There are various methods of discovery which means that many different ways exist to request information. To name a few, discovery can be requested in writing by sending written interrogatories. Interrogatories are merely questions that your attorney wants written responses to. Additionally, an attorney may request documents in writing via a request for production. They can request to inspect physical items or places if they deem it necessary. They may issue requests for an opposing party to admit facts, etc.
Moreover, in addition to written requests, an attorney may want to ask questions orally via a deposition. Once again, the purpose of discovery is for your attorney to gather as much information as possible regarding the case.
What Can be Requested?
The scope of discovery is relatively broad, and parties can request and receive discovery regarding any non-privileged information that is relevant to the subject matter involved in the pending case. For example, suppose the case concerns a back injury alleged to have been received from a car crash. In that case, a defendant may ask to see the plaintiff’s medical records from before the car crash to determine if the plaintiff had preexisting back issues. Additionally, in the same circumstance, the plaintiff may request to see the defendant’s cell phone records to determine if the defendant was texting at the time of the accident.
Why Does Discovery Influence the Length of the Process?
Although the discovery process can be very useful, given the nature of discovery, the more complex the case, the more discovery that will likely need to be done. The more discovery to be done, the longer the discovery process may take. This is why the discovery process is the lengthiest part of any personal injury case. However, discovery can also help facilitate settlement if vital information is discovered that seems to make clear that one or the other parties has a strong chance at success.
Either way, if an attorney is hired soon after an injury occurs, the attorney can begin to gather relevant documents and information in anticipation of the discovery process. Also, the attorney can begin to identify information and documents that can be requested from other parties during discovery. Hiring a good personal injury attorney as soon as possible can be a helpful way to navigate a personal injury case and prepare for the discovery process.
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Being injured is bad enough, but long wait times for recovery just makes it worse. Let the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams fight for you and work to get you fairly compensated as quickly as we can. We are experienced Louisiana injury accident attorneys who know how to navigate the process and handle matters diligently and efficiently.
If you, a friend, or a family member has a potential personal injury case and needs a personal injury attorney, do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams today! We are Louisiana accident attorneys and represent clients throughout the state. Visit our website to set up a consultation through our easy-to-use online form.
All personal injury cases are unique, as the facts differ in every case. Sometimes, upon reviewing a case, a personal injury attorney determines that they may need an expert witness to help prove the case if it goes to trial.
An expert witness is someone who is qualified by their knowledge, their skillset, their experience, and their training, or education to be an expert in a particular field or area. Unlike lay witnesses who can only testify to their opinions in limited circumstances, an expert can generally testify in the form of an opinion if they meet four (4) requirements.
The 4 Requirements for Expert Witness Opinion Testimony
Pursuant to LA Code Ev Art 702, an expert witness in Louisiana can offer an opinion if:
1. The expert's specialized knowledge will be useful for understanding the evidence or to determine facts of a case.
2. The testimony is based on abundant facts or data.
3. The testimony occurs after reliable principles, processes, and methods were used.
4. The expert has reliably applied the principles and methods to the facts of the case.
Thus, the initial inquiry for determining whether an expert will be allowed to offer their opinion is whether their opinion will be helpful to the trier of fact. The trier of fact may be the judge or the jury, depending on whether there is a bench trial or a jury trial.
For example, suppose a plaintiff was injured in a car accident wherein they allege that the defendant was speeding, which caused the accident, and the defendant denies doing so. In that case, the plaintiff may hire an accident reconstructionist as an expert witness to give his opinion on the defendant's speed at the point of collision based on the vehicle damage. The information provided by the expert witness may be helpful to a jury that must decide if the defendant breached his duty to the plaintiff by speeding. Further, the expert's opinion testimony is likely allowable if the expert has an opinion based on sufficient facts or data (e.g., reviewing the damage to the vehicles and performing testing), used reliable principles and methods in forming their opinion, and reliably applied the methods to the car accident at hand.
Expert witnesses and the testimony they provide can be invaluable to winning a personal injury case. Thus, identifying the need for an expert witness may be a critical component of a case. Moreover, locating and retaining the right expert witness for the job is not always the easiest task and can be quite daunting. Therefore, contacting an experienced Louisiana personal injury attorney to handle your injury case is one of the most vital decisions an injured person makes.
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The Law Offices of Philip B. Adams have the experience necessary to properly review a personal injury case and determine if an expert witness will be helpful. We are accident attorneys that work relentlessly for our clients.
If you, a friend, or a family member has a personal injury case in Louisiana, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams today! We are Shreveport, LA, accident attorneys that know what to do and how to do it. Please use our convenient, online submission form to request a free consultation.
In Louisiana, a personal injury case is initiated by filing a petition for damages. Our Louisiana personal injury attorney Philip B. Adams talked a little bit about petitions for damages in a prior blog post. But what do you do next? After that, you must get the defendant served with the petition. But what does that mean? Basically, the petition must be formally given to the defendant.
If the defendant is an individual, who is to be served in their individual capacity, as opposed to a corporation, they can be served in two ways. They can be served either by:
Each of these ways of service has the same effect unless otherwise provided by law. Personal service is when a proper officer serves the petition, citation, or another process upon the individual that is designated to be served. This can happen anywhere the officer making the service is allowed by law to go and reach the person to be served.
Domiciliary service is when a proper officer leaves the petition, citation, or other process at the person to be served’s home or with a person of suitable age and discretion that lives in a home where a person being served regularly resides.
“Service, whether personal or domiciliary, may be made at any time of day or night, including Sundays and holidays.” Notably, not just anyone can effectuate service, but instead, a proper officer must effectuate service. Pursuant to LA Code Civ Pro Art 1291, typically, service should be made by the sheriff of the parish where service is to be made or of the parish where the action is pending. However, according to LA Code Civ Pro Art 1293, if the sheriff has not made service within ten (10) days of receipt of the process or has certified that they have been unable to make service, a party may request that a private individual make service. The private individual must be over the age of majority, they cannot be a party to the case, and they must reside within the state.
If the court deems the requested individual to be qualified to perform the duties required to make service of process in the same manner as is required of sheriffs, the court has the discretion to appoint them.
Why is Service of Process Important?
Service of process is important because although a Petition for Damages initiates a case, the case cannot truly move forward until the defendant or defendants are served. Thus, getting a defendant served with the petition brings a personal injury case one step closer to resolution and a Plaintiff potentially one step closer to recovery. A seasoned personal injury attorney can help you take that step.
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Let the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams help you serve justice. We are experienced accident injury attorneys in Louisiana that work diligently for our clients, whether handling small tasks like service of process or large tasks like trials. We know the steps in the process to ensure that your case is dealt with promptly and professionally.
If you, a friend, or another loved one need your personal injury case handled expeditiously, please do not hesitate to connect with the Louisiana personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams today! We are Louisiana accident injury attorneys who can help you. You can submit a request for a free consultation on our website through our online submission form.
In any personal injury case the goal is to receive financial compensation for your injuries. But how do you get to that point? You should focus on receiving necessary medical treatment so that your injuries are documented. Your health is vital to your wellbeing, and you want to be able to recover for any damage to your health. You may also wish to contact a personal injury attorney to help you navigate the legal arena.
Here at the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams our Louisiana personal injury attorney can meet with you to discuss your case. We listen to your story and work to understand your situation. This step is known as a consultation.
If, after the consultation, you and I agree that my office will handle your case, then the firm gets to work! We research your issues to determine what cause(s) of action should be pursued. We secure your medical records, bills, police reports, and any other relevant documents or information that will be necessary to pursue your case. We review the information and discuss your case's potential value with you.
During this time, we will also contact the insurance company of the alleged liable party and initiate a claim. Once we have determined the value of your case, we will talk with the insurance company in hopes of resolving the matter quickly and amicably without filing a lawsuit in court. Often the parties can reach an agreement pre-suit and save all parties time, money, and resources. However, sometimes filing a lawsuit becomes necessary. If filing a lawsuit becomes necessary, my office will prepare the documents required to do so.
Filing a Lawsuit
The petition for damages is the initial pleading that starts a civil action. It identifies the basis for the court's jurisdiction, the basis for your claim, and your request for relief. The petition for damages must be served upon the defendant(s). When that happens, the defendant(s) have an opportunity to answer our petition. If they do so, we move forward with a process called discovery.
While Your Case Is Pending
The discovery process is essentially a process that allows for the exchange of information between the parties. We request information from the defendant(s), and they can request information from us. All the information must be relevant to your claim. The request for information may take the form of written questions, written requests for documents, subpoenas for documents, oral questioning called depositions, and more. During the discovery process, my office will work to gather additional information that will help establish your claims and the defendant's liability. Additionally, we will work to resolve the case via settlement, if possible. You will be consulted and informed every step of the way.
If the case cannot be settled, the matter will be set for trial. A trial is when a judge or jury listens to the evidence and makes a determination regarding liability. Additionally, they award damages if necessary. Although I cannot guarantee any specific case's outcome, I can ensure that all of my cases are handled professionally, ethically, diligently, and passionately.
Now that you know a little bit about the personal injury process in Louisiana, you can make an informed decision.
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Let the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams fight for you and get you what you deserve. We are experienced Shreveport, LA, accident attorneys dedicated to fighting for our clients and seeking adequate compensation for them. Whether you were injured in a vehicle collision, on someone's property, or in some other type of accident, we can handle it!
If you, a friend, or a family member wants to discuss your personal injury case, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams today! We are Louisiana accident attorneys and represent clients throughout the state.
Criminal cases can be lengthy and emotionally draining. It is essential to understand that even in the face of seeming defeat, you must keep fighting and never give up hope if your claims are meritorious. There is more than one way to attempt to get the relief that you seek if you have been wrongfully convicted of a crime. With that said, let's talk about post-conviction relief.
If you or a loved one has been convicted and sentenced in Louisiana and appealed your conviction and possibly your sentence to no avail, there may still be hope. Have you considered filing an application for post-conviction relief? If so, you should hire a Louisiana criminal defense attorney with experience handling post-conviction applications.
An "application for post-conviction relief" is actually a petition that can be filed by a person in custody after being sentenced following a conviction. The petition's purpose is to set the conviction and sentence aside. Notably, a post-conviction petition cannot be considered if the petitioner currently has an appeal pending or if the petitioner may appeal the conviction and sentence that the petitioner seeks to challenge. Thus, an application for post-conviction relief can only be pursued after a petitioner's appellate options have been exhausted or expired.
How Do I File a Post-Conviction Application?
As an initial matter, a post-conviction application must be made in writing. Any petitioner shall use the uniform application for post-conviction relief that the Supreme Court of Louisiana approves. The written application or petition must be addressed to the district court for the parish where the petitioner was convicted. In addition to the written petition, a copy of the judgment of conviction and sentence must be attached to the petition. If it is not, then the petition shall indicate that a copy has been demanded and refused.
What Does the Application Have to Say?
The Application must contain the following:
A. The name of the person in custody who is the petitioner. Also, it must identify the location and/or facility wherein the petitioner is in custody. If known, or if not known, the petition must contain a statement indicating that the location is unknown;
B. The name of the custodian, if known, or, if not known, a designation or description of him as far as possible;
C. A statement of the legal grounds upon which you seek relief that reasonably specifies the factual basis for such relief;
D. A statement that identifies all prior applications for writs of habeas corpus or for post-conviction relief that have been filed by or on behalf of the person in custody in connection with his present custody; and
E. An allegation of all errors known or discoverable by the exercise of due diligence.
Additionally, the application must be signed by the petitioner and also have his affidavit that the allegations contained in the petition are accurate to the best of his information and belief. Please keep in mind that the burden is on the petitioner to establish that relief should be granted.
Although we have discussed the process for beginning a post-conviction petition, we have barely scratched the surface of pursuing post-conviction relief. There are specific grounds for which you can seek post-conviction relief. There are time limitations and other factors of which to be aware. Thus, if you believe you or a loved one may need to seek post-conviction, you may benefit from guidance from a criminal defense attorney with experience in handling post-conviction applications.
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The Law Offices of Philip B. Adams are experienced criminal lawyers who litigate post-conviction applications. We are here to fight for you until the end. We handle criminal defense cases and have done so throughout the state of Louisiana for years.
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In a previous blog post, I discussed the process and purpose of filing a motion for a new trial. Now, I will discuss what happens if a motion for a new trial is unsuccessful. In the event that a motion for a new trial is unsuccessful, the next option is to appeal. An appeal allows a defendant to request relief from an appellate court from the judgment or sentence of a trial court. On appeal, the appellate court can consider all errors designated in the assignment of errors and any error discovered by inspecting the pleadings and proceedings without reviewing the evidence.
To appeal a case in Louisiana, a defendant or his or her Louisiana criminal defense attorney must make a motion for an appeal. A motion for appeal can be made orally or in writing by filing a written motion with the Clerk of the Court. It is imperative that a motion for an appeal be filed no more than thirty (30) days after the judgement or ruling you wish to appeal. However, if you file a motion to reconsider your sentence, the motion for appeal must be made no more than thirty (30) days after the ruling on the motion to reconsider the sentence. Contemporaneous with the motion for appeal, the transcript of that portion of the proceedings necessary for review must be requested.
Pursuant to the Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure, if the transcript is requested by an attorney, he or she “must certify there are good grounds for such request in light of the assignment of errors to be urged.” Unless the defendant has been determined to be indigent, the cost for preparing the transcript must be paid to the appropriate party within twenty-one (21) days of mailing the appeal notice. Moreover, the costs for filing the appeal must also be paid to the appellate court in the same 21-day period. Failure to pay the requisite fees may come with consequences, including a fine of up to five hundred ($500.00) dollars to be paid by the appellant or their attorney or both or a dismissal of the appeal.
When a proper motion for appeal has been made, the trial court has seventy-two hours, not including legal holidays, to grant or deny the motion. If the motion is granted, a return date which is seventy-five days from the date the motion for appeal is granted shall be set unless the trial judge fixes a lesser period. Thereafter, within seven days of the date that the motion for appeal is made, you must forward notice that a motion for appeal has been made to the appropriate appellate court.
It is important that all of the necessary steps be taken to appeal a judgment or sentence to prevent the appeal from being dismissed or considered improper or untimely.
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Having the right appellate lawyer can make all the difference when seeking to have a case remanded to the trial court. The Law Offices of Philip B. Adams are not only experienced Louisiana criminal defense lawyers, but we are also experienced, appellate lawyers.
We are located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and we handle criminal appeals throughout the state of Louisiana. To learn more about our firm, please check out our website and submit your request online to set up a free consultation.
Criminal trials can be tough, and sometimes, due to errors made by the court or for other reasons, they do not end how we want them. But what’s next? Have you ever wondered what happens immediately after someone loses their criminal trial and is convicted? Well, the first thing that can happen after a finding of guilty at trial is that a motion for a new trial can be filed by defense counsel with the trial court. In Louisiana, the Shreveport, LA criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Philip B. Adams can do this for you if your case requires it.
A motion for a new trial in Louisiana is a request to the court for relief from the conviction based on an injustice that has taken place during the proceedings. According to LA Code Crim Pro Art. 852 (2022), it must be in writing, state the basis for the motion, and be “tried contradictorily with the district attorney.” Once a defendant has made a motion for a new trial, the court must determine if injustice has been done. It is a defendant’s obligation to show that an injustice has taken place during the proceedings. The motion will be denied if the court finds that no injustice was done.
However, a motion for a new trial must be granted if the trial court finds that any of the following circumstances exist:
When Should A Motion for a New Trial Be Filed?
Generally, a motion for a new trial must be filed and resolved before a defendant is sentenced. In fact, the court may postpone sentencing for a specified period to give the defendant additional time to prepare and file a motion for a new trial. But, said postponement will only be allowed upon motion of the defendant and for good cause shown.
With that said, if the motion for a new trial is based on the discovery of new evidence, the motion can be filed up to one year after the verdict or judgment of the trial court. This is true even if a sentence has been imposed and a motion for a new trial was previously filed. Notably, the trial court may not hear the motion while an appeal is pending and may only hear the motion if the case is remanded.
In addition, when new evidence is discovered if a motion for a new trial is based on the fact that a defendant is the victim of human trafficking or the trafficking of children for sexual purposes and was convicted of acts that were committed as a direct result of said trafficking activity, a motion for a new trial can be filed within three years after the verdict or judgment of the trial court. But, like motions based on the discovery of new evidence, the court cannot hear the motion while an appeal is pending and may only hear the motion on remand of the case.
What happens if a New Trial is Granted?
The verdict or judgment is set aside if the trial court grants a defendant’s motion for a new trial. In that case, a retrial is permitted with as little prejudice to either party as if it had never gone to trial in the first place. In the event that the motion for a new trial is denied, the defendant is sentenced if necessary. In that case, the defendant’s next option is to appeal the conviction and/or judgment and possibly the sentence.
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The Law Offices of Philip B. Adams has Louisiana criminal defense lawyers with experience working on all aspects of criminal cases, including motions for a new trial. The firm focuses on criminal defense and has the trial experience to see cases through until the end. We keep fighting at every stage of the litigation.
If you are looking for an attorney who understands criminal cases from start to finish and that can help explain the process to you, do not hesitate to contact our criminal defense firm to set up a consultation. Our office is located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and we are ready to fight for you.
It's 2023, and society has come a long way as far as communication is concerned. It's easier than ever to stay in touch with the people you grew up with, the people you date, your criminal defense lawyer, and even people you have never met. You can email, text, send a direct message, FaceTime, Zoom, call, fax, etc. But, with so many ways to communicate, it has become easier to reach people who may not want to be reached. Thus, you should be careful that your communications and/or attempted communications do not rise to the point where you are cyberstalking someone.
Cyberstalking is the action of using electronic mail or other electronic communication of any words or language to do any of the following activities:
1. Threaten to inflict bodily harm to someone or to someone's child, sibling, spouse, or dependent, or physical injury to the property of someone, or to extort money for financial gain or other things of value from someone.
2. Communicate to another person repeatedly, regardless of whether a conversation ensues, for the purpose of threatening, terrifying, or harassing someone.
3. To knowingly make any false statement concerning death, injury, illness, disfigurement, indecent conduct, or criminal conduct of the person electronically mailed or of any member of the person's family or household with the intent to threaten, terrify, or harass.
4. Knowingly permit an electronic communication device under your control to be used for the purposes identified in (1), (2), or (3) above.
As previously indicated, any of the previously mentioned actions meet the definition of cyberstalking and can potentially expose you to criminal liability. A first offense of cyberstalking can expose you to a fine of up to $2,000.00 dollars, or up to a year in jail, or both.
Additionally, the penalties get more severe with each conviction. If you are convicted for a second time, within a seven year period of a prior conviction for cyberstalking, you shall be imprisoned for at least 180 days and up to three years, and you may be fined up to $5,000.00 dollars, or both. If you are convicted for a third time, within a seven year period of a prior conviction for stalking, you must be imprisoned for at least two years and potentially up to five years, and you can be fined up to $5,000.00 or both.
Notably, the law does not prohibit any "peaceable, nonviolent, or nonthreatening activity intended to express political views or to provide lawful information to others." Thus, if you or someone you know has been charged with cyberstalking, you should contact a criminal defense attorney and have them take a look at your case.
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The Law Offices of Philip B. Adams has Louisiana criminal lawyers with experience working on criminal cases of all types. The firm focuses on criminal defense and can help guide you through the legal system with care and efficiency. Learn more about who we are and what we do by visiting our website.
Additionally, if you are looking for an attorney or want to discuss your case, do not hesitate to contact us to set up a consultation. You can do this through our electronic form online. Our office is located in Shreveport, Louisiana.