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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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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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Hate Crime: Amish Gang Shears Beards

Samuel Mullet, Sr., the leader of an Amish gang (which prosecutors described as a cult), was sentenced to prison for multiple attacks on rival Ohio Amish, who Mullet believed had departed from traditional Amish values. Mullet planned the attacks, which were carried out by 15 others, including three of his sons.  Mullet’s gang held down […]

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A Cure for Affluenza?

Affluenza – a portmanteau combining affluence and influenza. In December of 2013, Texas teenager Ethan Couch was found guilty of drunk driving, killing four pedestrians and injuring 11. Surveillance video showed Couch stealing beer from a store, then speeding off (70 MPH in a 40 MPH zone) with seven passengers in a truck stolen from […]

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Shreveport Crime Breakdown

In 2013, there were 1,403 violent crime arrests and 9,658 property crime arrests made in Shreveport, Louisiana, according to the Shreveport Police Department. Breaking it down by specific crimes: Homicide 29 Rape 85 Robbery 378 Assault 911 Burglary 2,366 Theft 6,784 Auto Thefts 508 Other Assault 2,724 Forgery 39 Fraud 124 Embezzlement 95 Stolen Property […]

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Marijuana – What does Louisiana think?

Louisiana State University conducted a 2014 public policy survey, which included opinion polling on the legalization of marijuana.  Here are some of the results. Since 2013, support for legalizing marijuana for personal use has increased from 42% to 44%.  According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in February 2014, the national average is 54%. […]

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DWI Primer from a Shreveport DWI Lawyer

There are three phases of DWI or DUI detection: 1) vehicle in motion; 2) personal contact; 3) pre-arrest screening. This is how police officers identify drunk drivers and gather evidence of DWI or DUI. Phase One – Vehicle in Motion Officers are trained to observe the vehicle in operation and note any initial cues of […]

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Pantsing US Marshal – Not Smart

A Pittsburgh woman was running along an Allegheny River trail, when she passed a 19-year-old man. He then chased her and pulled down her running shorts from behind. Unfortunately for him, the woman turned out to be a deputy US marshal. She pulled up her pants and chased after the man, yelling, “Federal marshal! Stop!” […]

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