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Louisiana Murder Defense Attorney
Murder Defense Lawyer in Shreveport, Bossier City, Monroe, & Ruston, LA
Manslaughter in Louisiana
Manslaughter is a type of homicide that is committed under mitigating circumstances. Often, the accused was provoked by an unexpected circumstance and committed the crime in the heat of passion. Manslaughter is not a justified crime like self-defense and can carry harsh penalties.
Manslaughter may be an attack based on an event which may have provided sufficient provocation to deprive the offender of self-control. There is no intent to cause bodily harm or death. The maximum penalty for manslaughter in Louisiana is 40 years with hard labor.
When arrested for first or second degree murder or manslaughter in Louisiana, you need a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to negotiate plea deals and try cases when necessary. Attorney Eric Johnson has been doing this very thing since 1993. It would be an understatement to say he knows what he’s doing in Louisiana courtrooms. Oftentimes, he’s negotiated serious felony charges down to misdemeanors. His legal representation has led to the dismissal of murder charges for several clients, and a reduction in charges for many more.
The Deal Maker and Problem Solver
Eric Johnson knows trials are unpredictable. To avoid the risks associated with trials, he strives to obtain the best possible deal for his clients. His record at successfully trying cases is well known in the legal community where he practices. In other words, experience and reputation matter. Prosecutors know Eric will put up a vigorous defense, greatly increasing the odds of a favorable disposition of the client’s case.
Eric uses the best investigators and experts in various fields, along with his own excellent support staff, when preparing the case for trial. Because he comes prepared with all the facts when plea bargaining with prosecutors, he is able to obtain a better deal.
Eric also educates himself on the best defenses used in criminal cases. He and his staff regularly attend continuing education classes taught by some of the best criminal defense lawyers in the country to stay updated on the constant changes taking place in the field of criminal law. Eric regularly reads new opinions released by Louisiana District Courts, Courts of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court to stay ahead of the curb.
Through his 25 years of legal experience in Louisiana, Eric Johnson has had murder cases dismissed or reduced to lesser charges based on a claim of self-defense. He has strong and long-standing relationships with sheriffs, judges and district attorneys throughout our state. They respect his integrity and his work ethic. The clients who have retained him respect him even more.
To schedule a free consultation with Eric, call The John D. & Eric G. Johnson Law Firm at 318-377-1555 or contact us online.