Louisiana has a habitual offender law that provides for sentences up to twice the maximum time if you are convicted of a felony for a second time. If it is your third or fourth offense, you face the possibility of life in prison, regardless of the charged felony. I am Ernest Bauer, a Covington repeat offender defense lawyer, and I provide aggressive defense for individuals who are facing felony charges. I will work hard to protect your rights and minimize any potential consequences.
If you have a previous conviction on your record and are facing new charges, you need experienced legal representation. Contact me, a Louisiana criminal law attorney, online or call 504-610-5645 to schedule a meeting to discuss your case.
Habitual Offenders and the 10-Year Rule
In general, a person will be considered to be a habitual offender if they are charged with a felony within 5 years of a previous felony conviction. However, the 5 year time period only starts after the terms of your previous sentence have been carried out. For example, if you were convicted of a felony in 1999, released on parole in 2002, then finished parole in 2004, the 5 years will start in 2004, not the date of the original conviction. However, certain crimes have a 10 year cleansing period.
It is essential that you have an experienced Covington criminal defense lawyer in your corner if you are being charged under this law. I can determine whether or not you actually meet the definition required to be considered a habitual offender.
An Aggressive Defense You Can Rely On
If you are charged as a repeat offender, you are entitled to a hearing where the state must prove that you are in fact the same person who committed the previous crime. When you come to the Law Office of Ernest J. Bauer Jr., I will begin my aggressive defense at this stage. I understand how to fight these charges and I will work hard to help minimize any potential consequences. With so much at stake, you will want experienced legal counsel representing you.
Call for a Consultation With a St. Tammany Parish Habitual Offender Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of a second, third or fourth felony, you need legal representation immediately. Contact me, a Covington repeat offender defense attorney, online or call 504-610-5645 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case. The initial consultation is free, and I can often arrange payment terms to help you pay for your defense.