How many years can a person go in Louisiana with warrants out for their arrest and what crimes do they commit until they are resolved?
In this blog I point out several examples of people who have committed violent crimes while warrants for their arrest existed in Jefferson Parish. In addition I point out an extreme habitual drunk driver who went free for years. And others to illustrate how common this problem is. I believe that Jefferson Parish has the ability to significantly reduce crime in New Orleans by being more aggressive on cleaning up their minor warrant and attachment backlog. Trung Le one of the shooters in the Bourbon Street shooting from 6/29/14 was not in compliance with his casein Jefferson Parish. That shooting killed at least one and injured at least 9 including his friend. I say at least because we do not know if shooter number one was hit. His case with active warrant was for the following charges. He is currently help in OPP with a hold from Jefferson on these charges. Possession of Marijuana Possession of drug paraphernalia All drivers must secure a license No brake lights Shooting details here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVxYs3CiJH0 ROBERT BENVENUTI is picture on the left, the shooter Trung Le is in the middle. Justin Odom on the right was he person of interest blasted on the news. He also had an active warrant. 5/19/2014 – ROBERT BENVENUTI Cited for possession. This is the month before the shooting. Has warrant for that active today but does not appear to have had warrant on day of shooting. Shawn Gregory http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2014/12/french_quarter_attack_suspect_tripped_up_by_chicago_bulls_cap_new_orleans_police_say.html#lf_comment=249665211 He was just released from jail in Jefferson on the 11th of December after pleading guilty to a charge of “Possession of Marijuana”. At the time this crime was committed he had a warrant for his arrest for the above charge. In fact he was arrested on the above charge and released 12/11/2014 and when released they must have not checked for Orleans Parish warrants. He is currently on active probation in Jefferson for the Possession of Marijuana, in fact probation just started. Appears he has been arrested 7 times as an adult in Jefferson alone. I would imagine that a new warrant may be issued for him in Jefferson soon if he misses his drug tests and probation appointments. Previous JP arrests include Simple battery at least 2 in JP for this Disturbing peace fight and drug possession
This one has an update he has been convicted now https://neworleanswatch.com/2015/01/29/kenner-man-takes-plea-in-3rd-4th-5th-6th-dwi-case-but-only-counted-as-2nd-dwi/
At the age of 19 a Kenner man received his first DWI in 1991 (at least in JP) an issue he would finally resolve in 1994. In 2001 he faced another DWI plead guilty to it but did not complete the requirements. An issue that would not catch up to him until now some 14 years later! His next DWI (at least in JP) would be in 2005 again an issue he would not deal with until now. This time he failed to appear for arraignment in 2005 and has fully resolved things to date. Although in JP alone he had now pleaded guilty twice to DWI he was again charged with DFW 2nd. In 2007 he would receive a DWI along with a 3rd refusal charge. Again he was charge with DWI 2nd, keep in mind the 2005 DWI had not been dealt with yet. In 2013 he would receive yet another DWI again charged with DWI 2nd. In 2014 he would receive yet another DWI again charged with DWI 2nd. That is a total of 6 DWI arrests in Jefferson Parish alone, which may be the only parish or county he has had them in, I do not know. He appears to have 2 convictions already but maybe there is some reason why he cannot yet be charged with a 3rd. In fact there must be because the arresting officer arrested him on a DWI 5th offense. On 8/30/2014 while working with DWI taskforce deputies were dispatched to a vehicle crash in the 3000 block of Houma Blvd in Metairie, LA. Driver was fleeing the scene. He has caught up to and arrested. He remains in jail as of this writing. He faces three separate cases in the 24th district court division P. The cases were all just transferred there recently from a different court. These cases are set for pre-trial conference on 1/22/2015 where I suspect a plea will take place. If not on 1/26/2005 they may go to trial. He faces: In case 1: DWI 2nd BAC .20% or more 3rd refusal Case 2 DWI 2nd 3rd refusal Driving with suspended license Case 3 DWI 2nd Expired MVI sticker Driving with suspended license Liability insurance required From LA law
“ On a conviction of a third offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and regardless of whether the offense occurred before or after an earlier conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than one year nor more than five years and shall be fined two thousand dollars. On a conviction of a fourth or subsequent offense, notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary and regardless of whether the fourth offense occurred before or after an earlier conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor for not less than ten years nor more than thirty years and shall be fined five thousand dollars. Except as provided in Paragraph (5) of this Subsection, two years of the sentence of imprisonment shall be imposed without benefit of parole, probation, or suspension of sentence. The court, in its discretion, may suspend all or any part of the remainder of the sentence of imprisonment.”
I’m hoping a DWI attorney can comment here on what happens in a person is convicted of several DWI’s on the same day because that appears to be what is going to happen. I’ve included Seth Bloom he has been asking for DWI information and is a New Orleans based attorney. I’m including him and will comment if he gives feedback about this.
Gordon D Tamplain Jr
Gordon Tamplain – at large as of New Year ’s Eve 2014 LA 008967167 2013 Nissan 4d black WU9553 LA In this instance the violations are minor but may represent a much larger issue. Ticket in 2009 for no insurance and seat belt. Not taken care of so attachment issued. 2010 although attachment is issued no arrest made but ticketed for no seat belt 2014 expired brake tag and suspended driver’s license. All of these resulted in warrants and Jefferson Parish makes no attempt to keep suspended drivers off the streets dispute having full information about them.
If Jefferson Parish took warrants and attachments more seriously perhaps accidents like the hit and run described in subject one would be avoided. Remember this next time you drive through Jefferson Parish.