Mr. Jones’ concentrates his practice of law on consumer bankruptcy, criminal law, appellate law, personal injury, and trial strategy. He draws on his time as a prosecutor to formulate a trial strategy to best protect his client’s interest regardless of whether it is just filing a bankruptcy or defending individuals charged with crimes or ensuring you are compensated for injuries you received.
State v. Oliphant, 2012-1176 (La. 2013) 113 So.3d 165 – Louisiana Supreme Court rebuked the U.S. Supreme Court holding in Leocal v. Ashcroft and Louisiana Court of Appeals and held vehicular homicide was a defined crime of violence and the near maximum sentence imposed on the defendant was not excessive even though the defendant was a first offender. “No different from a person putting a bullet in a gun, pointing that gun at another human being, pulling the trigger, and killing that person. A gun is a dangerous weapon and so is a motor vehicle in the hands of an intoxicated person, especially one who was as intoxicated as [defendant] on the night of this tragedy.”
State v. Mitchell, 50,188 (La. App. 2 Cir. 11/18/15) 181 So.3d 800 – A detached carport is an inhabited dwelling within the meaning the of the simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling statute.
State v. Thompson, 50,392 (La. App. 2 Cir 2/24/16) 189 So.3d 1139 – Defendant was convicted of stealing $715.00 dollars out of an open safe in a business. His sentence of 36 years at hard labor without benefit as a habitual offender was not excessive considering his 46 arrest and 8 convictions in less than 20 years. Defendant will be parole eligible at 90 years of age.