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Pretense for DWI Investigation: “Strong Odor of Alcohol”

Alcohol breath odor is the most frequently cited observation by US police officers in DWI and other alcohol related traffic offenses.  Usually, the strength of the odor is categorized as “strong.”  Police officers frequently use the presence or absence of an alcohol breath odor for decisions on proceeding further into sobriety testing after a DWI […]

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Shreveport Crime Statistics

There were 1,446 violent crime arrests and 9,290 property crime arrests made in Shreveport in 2014. Breaking it down by specific crimes: Homicide        28 Rape            125 Robbery        396 Assault        897 Burglary        2,095 Theft            6,717 Auto Thefts        478 Other Assault        2,724 Forgery        40 Fraud       […]

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Shreveport Car Accidents

Shreveport Police Department responded to 8,703 car accidents in 2014. The Top 10 Intersections and Streets for car accidents in Shreveport last year: Intersections Spring/Lake        179 Youree/70th        79 Youree/Regal        53 Youree/Bert Kouns    50 N. Market/I-220    50 I-20/Pines        47 N. Market/Hearne    39 Pines/Westport    39 Youree/Gator        38 Market/Lake        30 Streets (non-intersection) […]

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Louisiana Tort Law Update – May 2015

Here are some recent Louisiana case law updates that may affect your personal injury case.   Negligence and Limited Liability Companies Hodge v Strong Built International, LLC, Third (La.) Circuit, CA 14-1086 (3/4/15) Plaintiff’s father fell from his ladder-style deer stand when its straps broke; he died due to the injuries from the fall.  The […]

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Things you should know about Military Divorce

Practicing divorce/family law near Barksdale Air Force Base, servicemen or their spouses frequently come to my office for a consultation.  Here are a few things to know about the military divorce. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (formerly known as the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act) allows for a stay of proceedings (or continuance) for […]

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Louisiana Tort Law Update – April 2015

Barras v Progressive Security Ins. Co., Third Circuit, No. 14-898 (2/11/15) Where plaintiff was awarded 100% of her mileage to and from medical appointments, she should have also been awarded 100% of the medical expenses.  The appellate court agreed with the trial court that “loss of educational benefit” should not be considered a separate item […]

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Louisiana Divorce Basics

Here is a basic guide to divorces in Louisiana: In most cases, you have to live separate and apart for a certain period of time before your divorce.  If you have minor children of the marriage, the period is 365 days.  If there are no minor children of the marriage, the period is only 180 […]

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Louisiana Tort Law Update

Here are some recent developments in Louisiana tort law, brought to you by Jean-Paul Guidry, a personal injury lawyer in Shreveport. Cook v Depingre, Louisiana Second Circuit, No. 49,527-CA (1/14/15) A landlord is not liable to a third person for injury caused by his lessee’s animal, although he is strictly liable for injuries caused by […]

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Louisiana Crime and Punishment

Louisiana has been called the “world’s prison capital,” with one out of 86 adults is in the prison system. Louisiana has 115 jails containing 28,315 inmates, according to the 2006 jail census. The prison population in Louisiana’s 12 state prison facilities was 39,299 as of December 31, 2013. In Louisiana, under the supervision of the […]

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Incompetent Thomas Jefferson wannabe disbarred

On November 14, 2014, Kansas criminal lawyer Dennis Hawver was disbarred for his “inexplicable incompetence” in representing a client, who was ultimately sentenced to death in a capital murder trial. A hearing panel found 24 specific instances of deficiencies, from failing to investigate possible defenses, procedural errors, and much, much worse.  Oh, and he appeared […]

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