The Law Offices of Ossie Brown
P 225-424-7388

Baton Rouge Legal Blog

The consequences of being busted for drunk driving

If you're pulled over and accused of driving under the influence, the consequences are serious. As common of an offense as this is, many people don't really think about the ramifications until it happens to them.

Some consequences you could face include:

  • A suspension of your driver's license.
  • Longer suspensions for multiple offenses.
  • Jail time.
  • Heavy fines.
  • Many additional fees.
  • The mandatory use of an ignition interlock device. This device makes it impossible to drive while intoxicated by making you pass a breath test before you can start the car.

Sleep deprivation for truckers: A real problem

Tight deadlines and busy schedules are making life more difficult than ever before on the nation's truckers. Unfortunately, this often leads to a variety of health concerns, including sleep deprivation.

Despite rules in place that govern how long a trucker can drive without taking a rest, some continue to break the law in an attempt to make better time. As a result, there is a greater chance of this person causing an accident.

First party and third party insurance claims: The difference

If you suffered an injury in a motor vehicle accident, the first thing on your action list should be to notify your insurance company; or, notify the insurance company of the party that was responsible for the crash. You will then want to file an insurance claim to recoup the financial damages relating to your medical care, property damages and other damages.

When filing an insurance claim, a "first-party" claim refers to the claim that you file with your own insurance company. A "third-party" claim refers to any claims you file against an insurance policy that covers a different person. In a lot of cases, third-party insurance claims are possible because the insurer will offer coverage to people who were injured as a result of the insured person's negligence or wrongful behavior.

What happens when you can no longer pay child support?

If you're ordered by the court to pay child support, this will soon become a way of life. You may not be happy with the requirement, but you have no choice but to make timely payments in full.

But what happens if you are unable to make your child support payment? Are you able to simply stop? Is there something in particular you need to do?

Divorce in retirement: A few things to think about

As you reach retirement age, it goes without saying that your life will change in more ways than one. Unfortunately, there are times when something comes to life that catches you by surprise. Divorce definitely fits into this category.

If you're facing divorce during retirement, there are a few things you need to think about:

  • The impact on your finances. Even if you are no longer working, divorce will still have an impact on your financial situation. For example, you may find yourself having to separate retirement assets, such as pensions and IRAs
  • There are many expenses associated with the divorce process. From attorney and filing fees to mediation charges, quite a few expenses will move to the forefront.
  • Where you live may change. Only one person can stay in the family home, so you may find yourself moving on. This alone will be enough to change your life in a number of ways; however, it's a situation you may have to deal with.

Driving under the influence of legal drugs

When most people think about driving under the influence, the first thing that comes to mind is the use of alcohol or illegal drugs.

There's something else you need to know: You can be arrested for driving under the influence of legal drugs.

A Slidell man dies after being struck by an errant boat

A two car crash at the intersection of Pecan Street and State Highway 18 in St. James Parish claimed the life of a 49-year-old Slidell resident on Monday, Nov. 27.

The crash, which occurred just before 1 p.m., apparently resulted from another motorist's boat becoming detached from the vehicle that was towing it. When the two separated, the water vessel was pushed across the line separating opposing lanes of traffic where it collided with the decedent's car.

Dividing property in a divorce

One of the most emotional aspects of a divorce is deciding who, if anyone, will keep the house. Your home will have carried memories for years and perhaps even decades, so the decision is bound to be a sentimental one. The most important thing to remember is to keep calm in any big decision like this, and try not to let any arguments that arise get heated. You should try and focus on the concrete pros and cons of keeping the house as opposed to any emotions that you have attached to the idea of it.

What are my options in dividing the property?

What happens when child support goes unpaid in Louisiana

Getting divorced is like walking through a minefield. You think you've avoided one issue, and something else blows up instead. If you received custody of your children in your divorce or while your divorce is pending, you might feel like you missed a major potential problem. Unfortunately, it opens up the potential for a lot of other issues, like what happens when your spouse won't pay child support.

You have the daily responsibilities of caring for your child, as well as the expenses that come with it. Your ability to work could be restricted, leaving you dependent on child support to pay bills. When it doesn't come like it should, you may need to ask the courts to step in and help.

Email Us For A Response

Find A Legal Solution

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


The Law Offices of Ossie Brown
123 Saint Ferdinand Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Phone: 225-424-7388
Fax: 225-334-7824
Baton Rouge Law Office Map