Have You Been Charged With a Serious Crime?
You Need a Professional Criminal Defense Attorney in Bossier City, Louisiana
Criminal allegations come in a variety of forms, potentially leading to jail time and a permanent record. No matter the circumstances, you deserve a fair shot at justice. You can depend on Zach and Meagan Shadinger. They know the ins and outs of Louisiana criminal law.
The Law Office of Zach Shadinger seeks to help clients fight DWI and DUI charges, as well as allegations of domestic violence, battery, assault, or drug possession. They can speak with you about your circumstances and create a defense that may help your case. With Zach and Meagan Shadinger as your criminal defense attorneys, you can rest easy knowing that your future is in good hands.
Criminal Charges in Louisiana
In the state of Louisiana, the punishments for individual crimes are separately defined by law. Crimes are divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies.
A crime is considered a misdemeanor if the punishment for that crime does not include time in state prison. Some examples of misdemeanors include disturbing the peace, cyberbullying, and violating a domestic violence protective order. It is possible for misdemeanors to become felonies depending on the specific situation of the accused, including whether it was a first offense.
The statute of limitations for a misdemeanor is two years after the alleged crime if the punishment includes a jail sentence or a fine, and six months after the alleged crime if the punishment includes only a fine or forfeiture.
A crime is considered a felony in Louisiana if the punishment for that specific crime includes the possibility of incarceration in state prison. Examples of felonies include aggravated battery, gun theft, and second conviction of violation of a domestic violence protective order.
While the typical statute of limitations for most felonies in Louisiana is four or six years, certain crimes may have no statute of limitations.
Whether you are facing a misdemeanor or a felony, you should seek legal guidance. An experienced attorney can help you understand your options and prepare a defense plan with your best interests in mind.