Don’t make the mistake of going into court alone.
Getting arrested for any type of crime is a serious matter. During my legal career, I’ve observed a common mistake made by the accused: they delay hiring an attorney before their first court appearance.
A misguided idea that they’ll just explain everything to the judge and the prosecutor at their arraignment. Big mistake!
It is very unlikely that the prosecutor is going to suddenly throw out your entire case because you believe that you can explain your unique situation.
Under the Code of Judicial Conduct, judges are specifically prohibited from engaging in any conversation with the defendant about anything pertaining to the case before them. Most prosecutors will also not speak with defendants, but unlike judges, they have no rules prohibiting them from speaking with you. However, most defendants ignore that the prosecutor has already decided to charge them with a crime.
Here is what I recommend as a proven legal professional: consult with and hire me as your attorney.
Why? I will be known to both the judge and prosecutor as a capable and effective advocate. More importantly, hire me as someone the prosecutor respects as a negotiator and as a proven trial attorney.
Pre-trial diversion programs provide an alternative to traditional prosecution. People who successfully finish the program are able to have the charges against them dismissed. The standards to enroll in the pre-trial diversion program are set by the Office of the City Prosecutor and/or the Office of the District Attorney and may include:
Paying the required fees
Supervision by a Pre-trial Officer
A person’s eligibility depends on a variety of factors but ultimately it is the Office of the District Attorney or City Prosecutor who decides who is able to enroll in pre-trial diversion. If you do not have a felony record and the charge is relatively small there is a good chance you are eligible for the pre-trial diversion program. For the best chance at being accepted and protecting your future by keeping arrests off your record, you need to be defended with experience. Carson Marcantel has worked with Baton Rouge City Prosecutor’s office for over three decades and this rapport can mean a lot when you are facing charges on your permanent record.
Assault & Battery
A conviction of assault or battery is a crime of violence that could remain on your record forever. Your best chance of avoiding that offense following you is to make sure someone with many years of working in the Louisiana legal system and knows its nuances. Call me at (225) 810-3600 and I will be able to help.
La. R.S. 14:36 Assault
Assault is an attempt to commit a battery, or the intentional placing of another in reasonable apprehension of a battery.
La. R.S. 14:37 Aggravated Assault
Aggravated assault is an assault committed with a dangerous weapon.
La. R.S. 14:38 Simple Assault
Simple Assault is an assault committed without a dangerous weapon.
La. R.S. 14:33 Battery defined
Battery is the intentional use of force or violence upon the person of another.
La. R.S. 14:34 Aggravated Battery
Aggravated Battery is a battery committed with a dangerous weapon.
La. R.S. 14:35 Simple Battery
Simple Battery is a battery committed without the consent of the victim.
These are just a few of the charges that a person could face that could alter their life. To get the best possible outcome and have the differences in charges clearly and plainly explained it is best to consult with an attorney with the most know-how of the Baton Rouge legal system.