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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Im in Lafayette Louisiana I have court for an arraignment in the morning for 1st degree felony vehicular negligence.

I was drugged that night July 1st 2021 no field sobriety test no blood taken etc also this was not a charge on that night originally they upped the charges to that felony

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Nov 29, 2022

Please make sure that you do not miss your court date, however, if you have not already done so, then please contact a few criminal defense attorneys and hire the one with whom you are most comfortable. That is something you need to do immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I apply for a pardon after taking a guilty plea that violated my right t a unanimous jury verdict?

I pled guilty without being aware of my right to be convicted by the unanimous vote of a jury. Because of Johnson and Apodaca, the state will try to say that they acted in good faith. But the U.S. Supreme Court did not know that Louisiana used the non unanimous jury law for discrimination purposes.... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Nov 21, 2022

Without knowing more of your situation and the underlying facts and circumstances of the charge, one cannot provide you good advice, however what I do suggest is that you contact a criminal defense lawyer and/or appellate lawyer with knowing of handling post-conviction relief and pardons and have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Which appeals lawyer can accept monthly payments to represent someone sentenced to a life sentence in Tetrenonne Parish

Please call me at 225 453 9927 for payment options & availability for someone wrongly sentenced to life imprisoned in Houma, La

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Nov 16, 2022

Use the Find a Lawyer tab and search for appeal lawyers or criminal defense lawyers in your area. Call them and see if they will take your matter. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: How long does the district attorney have when deciding whether or not to "pick-up" criminal charges accusation?

On three separate court dates, I was told the district attorney's office hadn't decided to "pickup charge" yet. I was told this same statement by the magistrate/admin law Judge at each court appearance, being given a later court date after each appearance; however, after the... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Nov 16, 2022

Since you have been charged, I recommend that you hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you as well as address the question(s) you have post here. It is better to pay an attorney now that perhaps have a conviction on your record. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can you plead no contest in an accessory after the fact when you discover a person broke into a home and stole money?

My grandson drove a person a home. He told him that the home owner left something for him in the back of the house. Within 5 minutes the friend was back in my grandson's truck. Once he got into the truck and my grandson was pulling out he told my grandson what he did. He broke into the... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 28, 2022

If the prosecution will accept a a no contest plea then you can do so, however before you try to do this, I would recommend that you consult with a criminal defense attorney or 2 in your area to discuss whether or not it's in your best interests. A no contest plea is essentially a conviction... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: “these matters are not accepted for prosecution” and “the accused is to be released from all bond obligations”

What do these 2 statements mean?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Oct 11, 2022

The person or persons who stated this knows what he intended for those 2 quotes to mean. We answering are only here to guess/give an opinion. That said, “these matters are not accepted for prosecution” usually means that the prosecutor/district attorney has decided not to pursue the charges... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: i have a misdemeanor summons for theft will i go to jail ?

this is my first offense and the amount was $790 the store that it was stolen from doesn't consider $790 a felony. if the amount was $1000 then i wouldve been charged with a felony

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 19, 2022

It is highly unlikely that yo will go to jail if you following the orders of the court. That said, your goal here should not be going to jail but mitigating the charge to keep it off of your record. The best way to do this is to hire a criminal defense lawyer in your area-----or at least consult... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: How can I find a pro bone lawyers for my son and need serious help on this for criminal or sex crimes
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Sep 6, 2022

If your son cannot afford to hire a lawyer then you can ask the Court to appoint a lawyer to represent him.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Libel & Slander for Louisiana on
Q: What is probable cause to pull over a motorist

I was pulled over by an unmarked vehicle with four men not in uniform. They did not identify themselves. I exited my vehicle to see what they needed. They immediately pushed me on the hood of the vehicle and placed me in handcuffs. They searched me extensively without a warrant and without my... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Aug 29, 2022

If you have been offered a plea bargain of 30 years based on your post, then something (perhaps a lot) is missing. That said, just on the amount of time you are offered, you need to immediately hire a criminal defense attorney to make sure your rights are protected and that you are aware of your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: What steps should I take to get a theft of livestock warrant cleared from my name?

Recently found out of a theft of livestock warrant. Did not commit the crime.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Aug 22, 2022

First think you should do is contact a few criminal defense attorneys in your area ---consult with them then then hire that one with whom you are most comfortable to begin representing you immediately.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Is Battery w/injury on EMS person. Simple battery or Aggravated battery. My son bit an EMT while being treated.

Son was high on Meth

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Aug 15, 2022

I think you are looking at this wrong. Since the "victim" is an EMS personnel, this probably falls under RS 14:34.8 - Battery of emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional. This in many instances is a misdemeanor with greater penalties than... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: fiancé has warrant from prior marriage in NM for aggrav stalking. How likely is that to affect him living in Louisiana?

Will NM pursue violators out of state? Will they refuse a divorce? Will LA arrest and extradite?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 14, 2022

Based on your post, and while I do not know the specifics of all of this, my recommendation is that you should have your fiance take care of the New Mexico business ahead of time and before you get married. You do not want his past to all of a sudden impact you present or your future.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: What do I do when the judge recalls a warrant that you've already been booked and posted bail on

My husband had appeared in court via Zoom because of covid and was somehow issued a bench warrant. The following court date, our court appointed lawyer got the judge to recall the warrant. In the meantime, he was already booked and spent $2,000.00 on bail (for the warrant be shouldve never had) now... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jul 13, 2022

Contact your husband's lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Federal Crimes for Louisiana on
Q: If a lawyer admitted to the state bar but never to federal court represented you, is your conviction valid?

I hired a former district attorney to represent me in a federal criminal matter. He did not disclose to me that he was not admitted to practice in federal court. In reviewing my file for appeal I found a notice from the Government to the Court stating that he was not admitted to practice. Neither... Read more »

Charles William Michaels
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Charles William Michaels
answered on Jul 1, 2022

Yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Is a search warrant considered invalid if it doesn’t have a the person’s name that has “supposedly” committed the crime?

Can it be valid with only a room # at a hotel?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 20, 2022

If this is a search warrant, then an accused's name is not needed-----the presiding Judge has to determine whether or not the affidavit in support of the search warrant provides enough information to justify/allow for a search of the area to be search and also for what is sought.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: My 13 yr old jumped off someone's dock twice then noticed the no trespassing sign and stopped

The owners live out of state and didn't witness what happened at this public lake and are pressing charges. Can this really happen in Louisiana?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 13, 2022

Can your 13 year old be issued a citation for trespassing? Yes, this can happen, however, for his to be found "guilty" the prosecution will have to provide its case beyond a reasonable doubt. I would recommend that you hire (or at lease consult with) a criminal defense attorney (and one... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: 1 yr. susp'd, new charge,revoked,served 1 yr, now 2 yr offer. Can I get credit ALL time served incl'd DOC on 1st charge?

To clarify, in Louisiana, I was given a 1 yr suspended sentence (probation), then caught a new charge while on probation. I was arrested, then self revoked my probation, sentenced to 1 yr DOC (which should have left me with like 2 more weeks, but DOC miscalculated my time -OR- JPCC turned in my... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 9, 2022

If the Judge sentences you and specifically says you get credit for time served , including time in Parish and in DOC, then you should.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: What can I get for utility theft
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jun 8, 2022

More information is needed in order to more properly reply to your post---that said, if prosecuted you most likely need to make restitution. I highly recommend that you and hire a criminal defense lawyer in your area to begin mitigating and preparing a strategy for your defense. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: First time locked up on a felony but you have a hold on you at another facility is it wise to make bond?

first charge is a scheduled c felony/ about 12 ecstasy pills and the hold is attempt second degree murder. He was in car with some one not driving.

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 30, 2022

Since you have felony charge(s), I would also recommend that you immediately seek to hire a criminal defense lawyer to represent you on both charges. If you already have a lawyer for the attempt second degree murder, then contact that lawyer about representing you on the new arrest and discuss... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Animal / Dog Law for Louisiana on
Q: I cannot find the court docket that shows my appointment with the judge

Arrested for aggravated felony Cruelty to Animals. Paper shows court date is 8:30 am Tuesday, 5/31/22

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 30, 2022

The courthouse is closed today (Memorial Day) is closed so I suggest that you simply show up at the district courthouse in the jurisdiction you were arrested Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. You do not want to miss your court date as that would result in a bench warrant being issued. Since you have a felony... Read more »

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