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Joseph K. Scott wants you to be as educated as you can be about Louisiana state law. Read through the blog posts on this page to learn about a variety of legal topics and predicaments.

Contractor Fraud—What Do I Do Now?

April 28, 2017

The August 2016 flooding in Louisiana left record-breaking destruction in its wake. As we’ve seen, these disaster situations bring out the best in people (think the Cajun Navy), and also, unfortunately, the worst. If you or a family member has been left with an unfinished home, workplace, or other structure, you’re only too aware of…Read More

Blue Lives Matter Laws – Just Media Hysteria?

March 2, 2017

2016 was a volatile year for police and their encounters with citizens. A grass roots movement called Black Lives Matter gained a lot of media attention and traction in communities by highlighting incidents of “excessive force” (sometimes tragically) being used by police against black citizens. What Are Blue Lives Matter Laws? In response to these…Read More

Undocumented Immigrants With Criminal Charges Face Serious Consequences Under Trump’s New Executive Orders

February 15, 2017

On January 25, 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order regarding undocumented immigrants that directs ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the Department of Homeland Security to vigorously enforce existing laws that allow the government to deport undocumented immigrants and widened the categories of immigrants prioritized for prosecution. On February 13, 2017, The New…Read More

How to Not Get Arrested at Spanish Town Parade

February 10, 2017

Baton Rouge’s Spanish Town Parade is famous for flamboyant costumes and off-color humor. It’s not a family friendly parade, but it can be a good time if you don’t have any political sensitivity, and don’t mind innuendo just short of public obscenity. Public Drinking at the Spanish Town Parade Based on the many police reports…Read More

Fortune Telling Legal Again in Alexandria

September 3, 2012

In central Louisiana, the city of Alexandria recently enacted a law forbidding fortune tellers, palm readers, tarot card readings, astrology and other psychic readings. However a Federal Judge accepted the recommendation of a U.S. Magistrate Judge that the law was unconstitutional. The judge stated that the law violated First Amendment Free Speech Rights. Filing the…Read More

Sale of Roadside and Parking Lots Pets Banned

August 29, 2012

In one of the more interesting bills signed into law by Gov. Jindal, Louisiana now bans the sale of dogs and cats from certain public areas, replicating what many parishes have already banned on a local basis. Animal activists have long been angered over individuals selling dogs and cats in shopping center parking lots or…Read More

New Laws Create New Criminal Penalties

August 13, 2012

In the recent legislative session, Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law several bills that increase the punishment for various violent crimes. Lawmakers have added significant jail time to the following offenses: Act 478: Increases the penalty for possession of or dealing in firearms with obliterated serial numbers from $1000 fine plus up to 6 months…Read More

Killing Cab Driver Now Punishable by Death

August 8, 2012

Crime is nothing new in New Orleans and violent crime is once again on the rise. This week another cab driver was found shot to death in his cab in New Orleans East. This news has shocked and devastated local cabbies and the entire community. In March another driver was shot in Metairie, and in…Read More

Joseph K. Scott III, Attorney at Law | 225-478-1128 | joseph@josephkscott.com |
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