Mardi Gras 2019 is fast approaching. New Orleans is a favorite destination for those seeking to have a good time before the season of Lent begins. New Orleans has been the scene of great revelry and also significant crime during the Mardi Gras celebrations. Those arrested will need to turn their attention to their criminal defense in Louisiana.
In a recent attempt to get some allegedly violent people off the streets ahead of the Mardi Gras celebrations, New Orleans police have arrested over 40 suspects in recent days. The task force responsible for the arrests was tasked with getting dangerous criminals off the street. The crime rate in New Orleans is improving as the number of murders in 2019 is at seven and there were 17 by this time last year.
Among those arrested is a 21-year-old man who is facing charges for the murder of two people during Mardi Gras in 2018. The alleged shooting left two people dead and three others injured. The shootings happened in the Lower 9th Ward.
Anyone arrested and facing criminal charges in the state of Louisiana is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. Someone facing murder charges may benefit from having the advice and assistance of a criminal defense attorney. This is a right protected by the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. An experienced lawyer can ensure that the accused is aware of his or her rights and seek to ensure those rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.