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In Louisiana these crimes are considered crimes of violence:

The following enumerated offenses and attempts to commit any of them are included as "crimes of violence":
            (1) Solicitation for murder.
            (2) First degree murder.
            (3) Second degree murder.
            (4) Manslaughter.
            (5) Aggravated battery.
            (6) Second degree battery.
            (7) Aggravated assault.
            (8) Mingling harmful substances.
            (9) Aggravated or first degree rape.
            (10) Forcible or second degree rape.
            (11) Simple or third degree rape.
            (12) Sexual battery.
            (13) Second degree sexual battery.
            (14) Intentional exposure to AIDS virus.
            (15) Aggravated kidnapping.
            (16) Second degree kidnapping.
            (17) Simple kidnapping.
            (18) Aggravated arson.
            (19) Aggravated criminal damage to property.
            (20) Aggravated burglary.
            (21) Armed robbery.
            (22) First degree robbery.
            (23) Simple robbery.
            (24) Purse snatching.
            (25) Extortion.
            (26) Assault by drive-by shooting.
            (27) Aggravated crime against nature.
            (28) Carjacking.
            (29) Illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities.
            (30) Terrorism.
            (31) Aggravated second degree battery.
            (32) Aggravated assault upon a peace officer.
            (33) Aggravated assault with a firearm.
            (34) Armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty.
            (35) Second degree robbery.
            (36) Disarming of a peace officer.
            (37) Stalking.
            (38) Second degree cruelty to juveniles.
            (39) Aggravated flight from an officer.
            (40) Repealed by Acts 2014, No. 602, §7, eff. June 12, 2014.
            (41) Battery of a police officer.
            (42) Trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
            (43) Human trafficking.
            (44) Home invasion.
            (45) Domestic abuse aggravated assault.
            (46) Vehicular homicide, when the operator's blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.20 percent by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood.

When should you hire a criminal defense attorney?

Anyone who has been arrested or charged with committing a crime will undoubtedly need the help of a New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney. Many individuals facing criminal charges delay finding a qualified attorney until there is no other option, which can be a big mistake. There are undoubtedly many important things happening at once when charges are made that must be handled; however, the first thing that should be done is to find legal counsel. Most criminal defense attorneys would stress that the outcome of the case may very well depend on early attorney representation.

Researching and finding a good New Orleans Criminal Defense Lawyer as early in the process as possible is recommended when someone has been arrested and is facing possible criminal charges. This is especially true immediately after being arrested but before formal charges have been filed as many times attorneys can negotiate a dismissal before any charges are actually made. The key to taking advantage of such an opportune time is getting legal representation immediately after the arrest.

If charges have been made, it is still vital to find legal representation right away to improve having a more positive outcome. Any negotiating prior to authorization of charges, plea bargaining, or other discussion about dropping or lessening charges is more likely to happen in the early stages of a case rather than after charges have been finalized. A criminal defense attorney will know if there may be bargaining room with the prosecutor after hearing an account of the arrest as well as know how to proceed from that point.

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