Criminal Law

Criminal Defense

If you are facing a criminal charge, you likely have many concerns and fears about the future for you and your family. At the Smith Law Firm, we know that being accused of a crime can be unsettling for a variety of reasons. That’s why we will work hard to achieve a favorable outcome for your case. With skilled, loyal, and aggressive attorneys in the courtroom and out, our team can handle the most complex cases.

What constitutes a crime in Louisiana?

There are numerous crimes to which one may be found guilty in Louisiana. State criminal laws cover a variety of offenses, from white-collar crimes and theft to assault and murder.

Under state criminal statutes, such unlawful conduct can result in penalties of fines and/or imprisonment.

Misdemeanors include violations like traffic offenses and petty theft with penalties that are generally no more than fines or short terms of imprisonment. Felonies are considered much more serious and include homicide, arson, robbery, and violent crimes.

Common Crimes in Louisiana

Data shows that Louisiana has some of the highest crime rates nationwide. According to 2019 data, the following crimes were most commonly reported:

  • Property Crimes:
    Larceny (most commonly), burglary, motor vehicle theft
  • Violent Crimes:
    Aggravated assault, robbery, rape, murder (highest in the country)

Do I need a criminal defense attorney?

Even if the accusation seems minor, it is crucial to have a criminal defense attorney by your side before, during, and after your trial.

Without the proper knowledge of Louisiana criminal law, you could spend years behind bars and be fined thousands of dollars. Even minor charges can result in a criminal record that can follow you for the rest of your life.

If you are facing criminal charges, no matter how large or small, you need to contact the Smith Law Firm. We will mount a defense that enriches your chance for the most favorable outcome for your case.

How the Smith Law Firm Will Protect You in Criminal Cases

Our attorneys will thoroughly investigate the allegations made against you and review all the evidence to ensure that nothing is overlooked in your defense. Our attorneys will also aid you when you are charged with a crime.

In addition, we can help you seek post-conviction relief should evidence indicate your constitutional rights were violated as a result of:

  • Failure of the State to hand over exculpatory evidence
  • Evidence or testimony that was included at trial should have been excluded
  • Evidence of witness tampering or perjury

We know how challenging these cases can be, and we will fight aggressively to represent your best interests.

Louisiana Criminal Defense: The Smith Law Firm

Your life can change in the blink of an eye because of a mistake or an instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When you face a criminal charge, know that you must act quickly to protect yourself and your family.

At the Smith Law Firm, we will use our knowledge of the legal system to fight vigorously for you. Call us at 225-383-7716 to speak with us today.


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