When you have been accused of a crime, you need an attorney you can trust. Without the right representation, you may face unfair and/or unnecessary consequences that can affect your life for years to come. Crimes in the state of Louisiana are divided into two basic categories: misdemeanors and felonies. While misdemeanors are lesser crimes that carry mild penalties, felonies are the most serious crimes the in the state. In general, a felony conviction will carry a higher fine and/or a longer sentence than a misdemeanor conviction.
In most states, misdemeanors are further subcategorized into different classes based on their severity and possible sentence. In Louisiana, however, misdemeanors don’t fall into different classes. Instead, courts determine sentences for misdemeanor convictions on a case-by-case basis. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Louisiana, you may face time in jail and/or a fine.
Louisiana doesn’t subcategorize felonies into different classes, either. Instead, courts determine the sentence for a felony convicted based on the specifics of the individual case. If you are convicted of a felony in Louisiana, you may face time in prison and/or a fine.
With either type of charge, you may be offered a plea bargain, which allows you to settle the case out of court by pleading guilty to a lesser charge. The right attorney can help you decide whether to accept any offers you receive.
Hiring an Attorney
If you have been accused of a crime in the state of Louisiana, you can choose to accept counsel from a public defender, defend yourself in court or hire a private attorney. Because of the gravity of criminal charges, it is generally best to look for a private attorney to represent you in court. Depending on the nature of the charges, your very freedom may be at stake, so it’s important to give yourself the best possible chance of avoiding convicted. Furthermore, even if you are convicted of the charges made against you, having the right attorney will ensure that your punishment is as lenient as possible.
Contact Pelican Law Group
If you are facing criminal charges in the state of Louisiana, time is of the essence. The sooner you find the right attorney, the more time you will have to prepare your defense. Contact Pelican Law Group today to learn more about the services we provide or to schedule a consultation with our team.