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Dugas & Mire Attorneys At Law offer several services to reach a wide range of clients that need legal assistance.
Whether you were at fault or the other driver was at fault, auto accidents can result in minor or major injuries. When you’ve gotten more than a scrape or bruise, it’s best to call a lawyer. We will get you compensation for lost wages, medical bills, doctor visits following your injury, and for repair or replacement of your vehicle. The amount of money you can receive by taking legal action can help you in your time of need and in the future. We will work with your insurance company to get you the most money possible to help you and your family.
Even trustworthy, passionate doctors and medical professionals can make a mistake. The problem is mistakes in the medical field can cause serious injury or death. If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to medical malpractice, Dugas & Mire can help. We will get you the money and resources you need to recover. We will also find out if the cause of the incident was accidental due to negligence, a mechanical malfunction, or intentional and seek sentencing accordingly.
Offshore & Maritime
These types of personal injuries occur when you are traveling, working, or doing other activities on open water. They can be falls, animal attacks, equipment malfunction injuries, and more. Most people who experience these types of injuries are seamen, fisherman, longshoremen, harbor workers, passengers, and business invitees. Most injuries of this nature occur due to negligence or unseaworthiness (defective or failed equipment and tools). We can get you compensation for medical costs, future medical costs, cost of hiring help for jobs you cannot currently do, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, loss of enjoyment of activities, future loss of income, treatment for PTSD, and more.
Despite rigid safety and quality control policies, there are products that fail and cause injury to the people who use them. This can include any type of product including cleaning, food, household tools, electronics, cars, and much more. If you’ve been injured by a faulty product, we can help you get the compensation you need for recovery as well as pain and suffering and get the product recalled or off the market so others do not sustain the same injury. We also deal with recall product liability.
Divorce is the termination of a marital union. There is fault and no-fault divorce so we will help you determine which one applies to your case. Laws vary in each county and state so we will educate you on what applies in Louisiana. Property assets, debt, visitation, child support, and alimony must all be organized and distributed. Behavior may be considered during the proceedings. There is also a waiting period before the divorce is final.
This type of law refers to the distribution of a person’ property after they have died. Depending on the value, type of property, and debts the person has, this process may be simple or complicated. We will help you figure out what you need to do, including preserving documents, retaining bills for the funeral, and opening a succession. It’s also important to remember that just because a person has access to the deceased person’s account does not mean they own the money. We will guide you through the entire process so you can move on.
Wills & Trusts
There are a lot of legal proceedings involved with wills and trusts. There is drafting a will, changing a will, and distributing the items specified in the will to family after a death. Trusts are accounts set up by a parent or family member for a beneficiary such as a spouse or child. They can be used while the owner of the trust is still alive or after they have died. Dugas & Mire will create the legal documents, interpret them, make amendments to them, and ensure the proper distribution of assets at the appropriate time.
During the divorce process, property must be divided, including assets acquired during and before the marriage. If one spouse does not work outside the home, that person may receive more than 50 percent of the share to compensate for having to find a job in the workforce. We distribute property for the best benefit of each spouse.
Felonies are serious crimes that are punishable by jail time in excess of one year. Common felonies include embezzlement, large scale theft, involuntary manslaughter, vandalism, rape, and murder. There are hundreds of crimes that can be considered a felony. No matter what happened, we will defend you and protect your rights. We will uncover all angles and facts of the crime and strive to get you the least severe sentence possible.
These are less severe crimes where the jail time cannot exceed one year. These can include assault, harassment, property crimes, disorderly conduct, prostitution, underage drinking, and more. Most of these involve a fine and possibly a short jail time. We will help you by offering advice, research, and representation.
DWI and Drug Charges
Dugas & Mire Attorneys At Law know that there are many reasons for obtaining DWI and drug charges. Sometimes you make an error in judgment, other times you are in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you need help with addiction, we can connect you to resources for therapy, which can in turn, lessen your punishment. A DWI can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the nature of the offense (whether or not someone was injured or killed). Drug charges vary in severity depending on the amount and type of involvement (possession, paraphernalia, sale, purchase, or distribution).
There are situations where a verdict that was reached was unfair or accused the wrong person. If you wish to file an appeal, our lawyers handle them. An appeal is a type of retrial, allowing the judge and jurors to reevaluate the case and decide if the original verdict and sentence were the best or most accurate decision. During an appeal, we will present additional evidence that may have been overlooked and question the right people and facts. At the conclusion, your verdict may stand or you may be acquitted, which is the goal.
When you commit a crime as a juvenile, your record can be expunged when you turn 18. However, legal assistance is necessary to complete this process. There are some crimes that cannot be expunged, but most petty crimes can be removed from your permanent record, allowing you to start fresh. We will work with you throughout this process to create the necessary paperwork and talk to the judge.
For many crimes, people can be released if someone can pay the bond. If the crime does not have long term affects and release would be best for everyone, but no one can afford the bond, we can get a reduction. This will make the release time faster and make paying for a bond easier. Everyone deserves a second chance and Dugas & Mire will help you get that.
For many crimes, especially less serious crimes, juveniles are tried and sentenced differently than adults. We work with minors to ensure they are treated fairly and safely by the legal system, counsel parents, attempt to get the charges dismissed when possible, and support the juvenile through the court process.