The Importance of Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer


If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, contact a criminal defense attorney. They can help you navigate the criminal justice system from arranging bail to attending your arraignment, trial and if eligible, sealing your record.

A felony conviction can negatively impact your future by removing your right to vote, own a firearm or drive and can lead to long prison sentences. We specialize in defending clients against all types of felony charges.

Drug Charges

If you are arrested for drug crimes in Louisiana, a criminal defense lawyer will do everything possible to keep you out of jail or prison. Drug charges are taken very seriously, and a conviction can leave a permanent mark on your record that makes it difficult to get jobs or rent apartments.

Your Shreveport-Bossier City criminal defense attorney will work to defend your rights and raise strong drug defenses on your behalf, whether it is for possession or trafficking. He or she will also investigate if law enforcement’s search and seizure of evidence was illegal. If it was, the evidence may be suppressed and the case dismissed. A conviction on a drug charge can put you in prison for years. This is why you need to fight the charges with a strong team behind you.

Theft Charges

If you have been charged with theft, burglary or robbery it is important to hire a Louisiana criminal defense lawyer These offenses can lead to substantial fines and jail time. A good criminal attorney will be able to negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor.

Under Louisiana law, stealing is defined as “the misappropriation of property that belongs to another person either without the consent of that person or by means of fraudulent conduct, practices or representations.” Theft crimes can be punished as either a misdemeanor or felony crime and the severity of punishment will depend on the amount or value of the stolen property.

There are many potential criminal defenses in these cases such as entrapment and illegal search and seizure. Eric Johnson can explain these possible defenses and work with the prosecutors to get your charges reduced or dismissed.

White Collar Crimes

The penalties in white collar crimes can include substantial fines, federal prison time and damage to your reputation. They can also impact your ability to maintain financial stability, keep your job or pursue professional licenses.

Honest men and women in a financial bind often find themselves facing charges of fraud, embezzlement and other serious white collar crimes. These are prosecuted aggressively by federal investigators and the media pay close attention to them.

Our lawyers can help you navigate the criminal justice system from start to finish. We can arrange for your bail, attend all of your court hearings and be your advocate before the prosecutor, judge and jury. We have helped countless clients avoid conviction and jail time by negotiating serious felony charges down to misdemeanors.

Internet Crimes

The internet has opened up the world to criminals who hide behind the relative anonymity provided by the web. Crimes range from financial fraud to sex crimes and a number of other offenses that can have serious consequences.

Felony convictions can impact every aspect of your life. They can affect your ability to vote, own a gun or get a job and can even prevent you from leasing an apartment.

A criminal law attorney with experience defending clients against internet crime charges will be able to help. Often these cases are prosecuted at the federal level and carry harsh penalties. We understand how to navigate these complex cases. We also defend clients against disciplinary action before professional licensing boards. These cases can be extremely stressful and require a criminal defense attorney with expertise in this area of the law.

Homicide Charges

Murder charges can have a profound effect on a person’s life. Conviction for this type of offense can deprive a person of his or her future and make them unemployable. Therefore, it is important to hire a louisiana criminal defense lawyer that has experience handling murder cases.

First-degree murder is killing a human being with the intent to kill or inflict serious bodily injury. It becomes capital murder when the death occurs during the commission of a crime involving kidnapping, robbery, arson, aggravated sexual assault, burglary, carjacking or terrorist threats.

Thomas V. Alonzo defended a young woman charged with second degree murder and won a Not Guilty verdict for her at the State Court level. He is a member of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and received their highest award, the Justice Albert Tate Award in 2007. Mr. Alonzo has extensive jury trial experience.


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