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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 »

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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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Does the DA have to accept an affidavit?

traffic stop with guns and drugs in vehicle

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 27, 2022

Accept? In what context? If you are asking whether or not the DA has to prosecute each arrest then the answer is no. The DA can choose not to prosecute.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: My daughter was arrested for a the vape at school I need help what should I do
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 23, 2022

You should contact a few criminal defense attorneys in your area and consult with them----- you do not mention the age of your daughter but one of the things you want to do is ask about their experience in handling matters in Juvenile Court as well as the possibility of this matter ending up in... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can a civil suit be changed to a criminal? Can a judge change the plaintiff with no just cause?

I think that LA state DA and a judge in Shreveport, LA has done something illegal. How do I verify this?

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

A civil suit cannot be converted to a criminal suit---that said, if there's probable cause and/or a belief that a crime has been committed based on the underlying facts in a civil matter, then it's possible that the District Attorney could start a and file a criminal bill of information.... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Louisiana on
Q: If on felony probation, can you be revoked for a positive marijuana drug screen even with a prescribed medical card?
Joseph Aaron Bondy
Joseph Aaron Bondy
answered on May 18, 2022

You should consider requesting early termination of supervised release—which is what I believe you mean by “federal probation,” as the health issue requiring you to possess a medical cannabis card is likely a “new or unforeseen circumstance,” that makes early termination appropriate when... Read more »

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