The United States was founded on principles including freedom, liberty and the presumption of innocence. No one should be found guilty before they have considered exercising these options.  

At Longman Jakuback, we are here to help you do that. 

There is never a right time to hire a criminal defense attorney. If you need to you are going through the worst time of your life. There is, however, a wrong time. If you’ve waited until after you say the words “not guilty,” you’ve waited much too long.  

People accused of crimes are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, it is all too common for prosecutors, the media, and public perception to convict people before they even see the inside of a courtroom.  Individuals who have been arrested, who have been contacted by law enforcement, or who are in the midst of a criminal investigation already have a ticking clock going. Whether you are facing criminal charges or have just found out that you are under investigation, it is vital that you select the right defense team to represent you immediately. Any accusation, no matter how trivial, can quickly turn into a complex criminal charge.   

Whether you are charged in Louisiana state court, the city court where you reside, or federal court, Longman Jakuback is the criminal defense firm to represent you. At the beginning of your case, Jacob Longman and Kathryn Jakuback utilize their background to develop individualized case strategies that are personally tailored to steer your defense towards success. Working in conjunction with their handpicked defense team, they utilize investigators, legal research, case strategy, and specialists to generating creative and successful resolutions in even the most difficult cases through legal knowledge, hard work, and a dedicated examination of the facts. Their winning record is based upon their ability to make complicated factual scenarios understandable to any judge, jury, and prosecutor. 

Should your case go to trial, the attorneys of Longman Jakuback excel at making your side of the story heard in front of a jury of your peers. They have the confidence, experience, and willingness to stand up and fight for the rights of the accused no matter the case and no matter the odds. Going to trial can be some of the scariest moments of your life—at Longman Jakuback, you will never go through those moments alone. 

The United States was founded on principles including freedom, liberty and the presumption of innocence. No one should be found guilty before they have considered exercising these options.  

At Longman Jakuback, we are here to help you do that. 

There is never a right time to hire a criminal defense attorney. If you need to you are going through the worst time of your life. There is, however, a wrong time. If you’ve waited until after you say the words “not guilty,” you’ve waited much too long.  

People accused of crimes are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, it is all too common for prosecutors, the media, and public perception to convict people before they even see the inside of a courtroom.  Individuals who have been arrested, who have been contacted by law enforcement, or who are in the midst of a criminal investigation already have a ticking clock going. Whether you are facing criminal charges or have just found out that you are under investigation, it is vital that you select the right defense team to represent you immediately. Any accusation, no matter how trivial, can quickly turn into a complex criminal charge.   

Whether you are charged in Louisiana state court, the city court where you reside, or federal court, Longman Jakuback is the criminal defense firm to represent you. At the beginning of your case, Jacob Longman and Kathryn Jakuback utilize their background to develop individualized case strategies that are personally tailored to steer your defense towards success. Working in conjunction with their handpicked defense team, they utilize investigators, legal research, case strategy, and specialists to generating creative and successful resolutions in even the most difficult cases through legal knowledge, hard work, and a dedicated examination of the facts. Their winning record is based upon their ability to make complicated factual scenarios understandable to any judge, jury, and prosecutor. 

Should your case go to trial, the attorneys of Longman Jakuback excel at making your side of the story heard in front of a jury of your peers. They have the confidence, experience, and willingness to stand up and fight for the rights of the accused no matter the case and no matter the odds. Going to trial can be some of the scariest moments of your life—at Longman Jakuback, you will never go through those moments alone. 

Cyber crimes

The legal system is designed to evolve slowly, over time, in a way that grows and progresses steadily without succumbing to the winds of public sentiment. This, ideally, ensures that the law develops in the direction it should. Technology advances at a much faster pace.

Unfortunately for those charged with crimes involving technology, this pace has left the law behind, though it is ever changing in an attempt to catch up. As our technology evolves to connect individuals across the state, the country and the world, it can be a source of criminal activity that means individuals can be charged with cyber-crimes at both the state and the federal level.  

At Longman Jakuback, we have experience at both the state and federal level with cyber crimes. Contact us if you are under investigation or need representation in one of these matters.  

Cyber crimes

The legal system is designed to evolve slowly, over time, in a way that grows and progresses steadily without succumbing to the winds of public sentiment. This, ideally, ensures that the law develops in the direction it should. Technology advances at a much faster pace.

Unfortunately for those charged with crimes involving technology, this pace has left the law behind, though it is ever changing in an attempt to catch up. As our technology evolves to connect individuals across the state, the country and the world, it can be a source of criminal activity that means individuals can be charged with cyber-crimes at both the state and the federal level.  

At Longman Jakuback, we have experience at both the state and federal level with cyber crimes. Contact us if you are under investigation or need representation in one of these matters.  

Drug crimes

Drug crimes can range from simple possession, distribution, manufacturing, to trafficking. Our office has had experience with each type of these cases and clients. Because of Louisiana’s drug corridors on I-10 and I-20 and our state’s many accessible seaports, federal drug task forces are vigilant for illicit drug smugglers. In addition, Louisiana is feeling the sting of the opioid crisis—as is the rest of the nation. Given the attention federal agents are paying to drug trafficking operations in-state, and the rise in personal use, arrest and prosecution for drug crimes are at an all-time high. 

An arrest for a drug crime does not have to result in a conviction. Defenses to drug crimes can include a motion to suppress, which involves questioning the manner in which the evidence was collected by officers. In today’s developing political landscape, our office believes more than ever in holding law enforcement accountable for the evidence that is used to sustain convictions. 

In other cases, a drug crime can result in a lesser conviction than that originally charged against an individual. Police officers in drug-related cases often attempt to put the highest charges possible against the individual they are arresting, despite them knowing that the individual is probably not guilty of that crime. Take for instance a person arrested for having a bag of marijuana – a police officer might arrest them for Possession with Intent to Distribute, a felony, when the person only possessed the marijuana for personal use, a misdemeanor. In situations like this, it is important to make sure that you seek legal representation to prevent the life-long consequences of receiving a felony conviction. At Longman Jakuback, we fight against abuses of police power to make sure you don’t get the short end of the stick. 

Another defense to drug crimes is mitigation—or negotiating with the prosecutor to secure treatment as opposed to jail time.  

Regardless of where you or your loved one is in the process of a drug crime litigation, our office is standing by to assist. Our office is skilled in bringing proactive solutions to ensure your matter is resolved efficiently and fairly. 

Drug crimes

Drug crimes can range from simple possession, distribution, manufacturing, to trafficking. Our office has had experience with each type of these cases and clients. Because of Louisiana’s drug corridors on I-10 and I-20 and our state’s many accessible seaports, federal drug task forces are vigilant for illicit drug smugglers. In addition, Louisiana is feeling the sting of the opioid crisis—as is the rest of the nation. Given the attention federal agents are paying to drug trafficking operations in-state, and the rise in personal use, arrest and prosecution for drug crimes are at an all-time high. 

An arrest for a drug crime does not have to result in a conviction. Defenses to drug crimes can include a motion to suppress, which involves questioning the manner in which the evidence was collected by officers. In today’s developing political landscape, our office believes more than ever in holding law enforcement accountable for the evidence that is used to sustain convictions. 

In other cases, a drug crime can result in a lesser conviction than that originally charged against an individual. Police officers in drug-related cases often attempt to put the highest charges possible against the individual they are arresting, despite them knowing that the individual is probably not guilty of that crime. Take for instance a person arrested for having a bag of marijuana – a police officer might arrest them for Possession with Intent to Distribute, a felony, when the person only possessed the marijuana for personal use, a misdemeanor. In situations like this, it is important to make sure that you seek legal representation to prevent the life-long consequences of receiving a felony conviction. At Longman Jakuback, we fight against abuses of police power to make sure you don’t get the short end of the stick. 

Another defense to drug crimes is mitigation—or negotiating with the prosecutor to secure treatment as opposed to jail time.  

Regardless of where you or your loved one is in the process of a drug crime litigation, our office is standing by to assist. Our office is skilled in bringing proactive solutions to ensure your matter is resolved efficiently and fairly. 

Grand Juries & Investigations

A grand jury is a group of 12 to 23 people called together by the state to determine whether or not there is probable cause to believe a crime has occurred. Different from a petit jury, which decides the facts in a trial—in a criminal trial, the guilt or innocence of the accused —a grand jury only examines whether or not there is enough evidence for a prosecutor to bring charges post-arrest.  

Originally designed to be a check on prosecutorial power, grand juries are today often utilized as fact finders for State and Federal prosecutors due to their immense investigative power. Ignoring a subpoena from a grand jury can carry criminal consequences and lying to one can result in perjury charges.  

Despite this, those called before grand juries do not have the same rights as those accused of crimes in the criminal justice system. Because the individual in front of the grand jury has not yet been charged with a crime—but is nonetheless in substantial criminal jeopardy—it is imperative that those under investigation by a grand jury, or those who have been called to appear in front of one secure representation.  

Grand Juries & Investigations

A grand jury is a group of 12 to 23 people called together by the state to determine whether or not there is probable cause to believe a crime has occurred. Different from a petit jury, which decides the facts in a trial—in a criminal trial, the guilt or innocence of the accused —a grand jury only examines whether or not there is enough evidence for a prosecutor to bring charges post-arrest.  

Originally designed to be a check on prosecutorial power, grand juries are today often utilized as fact finders for State and Federal prosecutors due to their immense investigative power. Ignoring a subpoena from a grand jury can carry criminal consequences and lying to one can result in perjury charges.  

Despite this, those called before grand juries do not have the same rights as those accused of crimes in the criminal justice system. Because the individual in front of the grand jury has not yet been charged with a crime—but is nonetheless in substantial criminal jeopardy—it is imperative that those under investigation by a grand jury, or those who have been called to appear in front of one secure representation.  

Mental Health, Mitigation, & Sentencing

Biology, psychology, and sociology have made numerous advances in the last half century. The law has not kept pace. Mental health has long been ignored, both in the law and our society, and it is one of the greatest tragedies of the criminal justice system both in Louisiana and the United States.  

Until recently many criminal defense attorneys—and many prosecutors and judges—believed that it had no bearing on your case. Either you committed the crime, and were guilty, or you did not, and were innocent. Outdated standards, such as the McNaughten Rule—devised in the 1840s—still apply legally to this day.  

While some of this mentality still exists, it is thankfully no longer always the case. Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder can and do influence the actions of individuals by rewiring their brain and causing chemical imbalances. To believe that these things do not influence an individual’s circumstances and actions is to remain willfully ignorant.  

There are ways to present this evidence to the judge, jury, and prosecutors. This is called “mitigation,” and having an experienced attorney who knows how to handle cases where mitigation exists, and the procedural vehicles necessary to utilize it, is essential for a successful resolution of your case.  At Longman Jakuback, we have years of experience dealing with mental health issues in the criminal justice system. Simply knowing how to approach mitigation in misdemeanor and felony cases takes skill and swift action. Among other uses, mitigation can be used as evidence of extenuating circumstances presented to a sentencer in an attempt to secure a reduced sentence.  

Our entire staff has experience dealing with individuals who have cases that present with mental health complications as mitigation. Call us for more information on how our office can craft unique defenses and investigation plans to incorporate considerations of mental health into your defense or the defense of one of your loved ones.  

Mental Health, Mitigation, & Sentencing

Biology, psychology, and sociology have made numerous advances in the last half century. The law has not kept pace. Mental health has long been ignored, both in the law and our society, and it is one of the greatest tragedies of the criminal justice system both in Louisiana and the United States.  

Until recently many criminal defense attorneys—and many prosecutors and judges—believed that it had no bearing on your case. Either you committed the crime, and were guilty, or you did not, and were innocent. Outdated standards, such as the McNaughten Rule—devised in the 1840s—still apply legally to this day.  

While some of this mentality still exists, it is thankfully no longer always the case. Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder can and do influence the actions of individuals by rewiring their brain and causing chemical imbalances. To believe that these things do not influence an individual’s circumstances and actions is to remain willfully ignorant.  

There are ways to present this evidence to the judge, jury, and prosecutors. This is called “mitigation,” and having an experienced attorney who knows how to handle cases where mitigation exists, and the procedural vehicles necessary to utilize it, is essential for a successful resolution of your case.  At Longman Jakuback, we have years of experience dealing with mental health issues in the criminal justice system. Simply knowing how to approach mitigation in misdemeanor and felony cases takes skill and swift action. Among other uses, mitigation can be used as evidence of extenuating circumstances presented to a sentencer in an attempt to secure a reduced sentence.  

Our entire staff has experience dealing with individuals who have cases that present with mental health complications as mitigation. Call us for more information on how our office can craft unique defenses and investigation plans to incorporate considerations of mental health into your defense or the defense of one of your loved ones.  

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes, and the people under investigation for and charged with them, are particularly stigmatized in the criminal justice system. Sex cases are very difficult and, while time of the essence in any case, it is particularly important in sex cases. It is imperative that if you are charged with a sex crime you begin to build your defense early.    

Our entire staff has experience dealing with individuals who have cases that present with mental health complications as mitigation. Call us for more information on how our office can craft unique defenses and investigation plans to incorporate considerations of mental health into your defense or the defense of one of your loved ones.  

The Sex Offender Registry

Registration on the Sex Offender Registry is often a requirement for individuals who are convicted of or plead guilty to a large number of sex offenses. Adhering to all of the requirements of the registry is frustrating, expensive, and confusing – one mistake can easily get registrants into legal trouble for non-compliance. Courts have held time and again that the registry is non-punitive, but the reality is that time spent on the registry is a punishment in and of itself.   

Longman Jakuback attorneys are skilled at assessing cases for the possibility of success on filing a Petition for Removal from the Sex Offender Registry. If you believe you or a loved one may be interested in filing this petition, contact Longman Jakuback for a consultation.  

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes, and the people under investigation for and charged with them, are particularly stigmatized in the criminal justice system. Sex cases are very difficult and, while time of the essence in any case, it is particularly important in sex cases. It is imperative that if you are charged with a sex crime you begin to build your defense early.    

Our entire staff has experience dealing with individuals who have cases that present with mental health complications as mitigation. Call us for more information on how our office can craft unique defenses and investigation plans to incorporate considerations of mental health into your defense or the defense of one of your loved ones.  

The Sex Offender Registry

Registration on the Sex Offender Registry is often a requirement for individuals who are convicted of or plead guilty to a large number of sex offenses. Adhering to all of the requirements of the registry is frustrating, expensive, and confusing – one mistake can easily get registrants into legal trouble for non-compliance. Courts have held time and again that the registry is non-punitive, but the reality is that time spent on the registry is a punishment in and of itself.   

Longman Jakuback attorneys are skilled at assessing cases for the possibility of success on filing a Petition for Removal from the Sex Offender Registry. If you believe you or a loved one may be interested in filing this petition, contact Longman Jakuback for a consultation.  

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes, or crimes of violence, carry some of the most severe penalties in the Louisiana criminal justice system and in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Crimes of violence, like sex offenses, cannot be expunged from a criminal record. If an individual is imprisoned for a crime of violence, sentencing laws in Louisiana are harsh. While other types of crimes are eligible for sentencing credits, such as “good time” eligibility, but crimes of violence are largely exempt from this reduced calculation. If you are facing arrest for a crime of violence you need aggressive, experienced representation immediately.  

Eyewitness identification, D.N.A. evidence, ballistics, and fingerprint evidence are— contrary to what you see on television—often unreliable and must be attacked aggressively and quickly. Recent studies have shown time and again that forensic evidence was developed specifically for use by law enforcement and did not arise out of the scientific community in an attempt to determine truth. This makes their results inherently suspect. 

Police investigations into violent crimes are not always as clear-cut as they appear. Often times, authorities scramble to “close” these types of cases as fast as possible by arresting the first suspect they develop through investigation. This leads to false accusations, baseless arrests, and in the worst of cases – convictions of the innocent. Without a proper defense investigation, where a legal team uses evidence that they have obtained and the authorities have overlooked, a jury will rely entirely on what the police say happened. 

At Longman Jakuback, we do our own defense investigation in every case regardless of what the authorities think may have occurred. 

At Longman Jakuback,we have years of experience as both lawyers and investigators in dealing with violent crimes. Contact us today to speak to an attorney and set up a free consultation.  

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes, or crimes of violence, carry some of the most severe penalties in the Louisiana criminal justice system and in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. Crimes of violence, like sex offenses, cannot be expunged from a criminal record. If an individual is imprisoned for a crime of violence, sentencing laws in Louisiana are harsh. While other types of crimes are eligible for sentencing credits, such as “good time” eligibility, but crimes of violence are largely exempt from this reduced calculation. If you are facing arrest for a crime of violence you need aggressive, experienced representation immediately.  

Eyewitness identification, D.N.A. evidence, ballistics, and fingerprint evidence are— contrary to what you see on television—often unreliable and must be attacked aggressively and quickly. Recent studies have shown time and again that forensic evidence was developed specifically for use by law enforcement and did not arise out of the scientific community in an attempt to determine truth. This makes their results inherently suspect. 

Police investigations into violent crimes are not always as clear-cut as they appear. Often times, authorities scramble to “close” these types of cases as fast as possible by arresting the first suspect they develop through investigation. This leads to false accusations, baseless arrests, and in the worst of cases – convictions of the innocent. Without a proper defense investigation, where a legal team uses evidence that they have obtained and the authorities have overlooked, a jury will rely entirely on what the police say happened. 

At Longman Jakuback, we do our own defense investigation in every case regardless of what the authorities think may have occurred. 

At Longman Jakuback,we have years of experience as both lawyers and investigators in dealing with violent crimes. Contact us today to speak to an attorney and set up a free consultation.  

For nearly two decades, Louisiana lead the United States in incarceration rates, making it the long-reigning incarceration capital of the world. Thanks to recent reforms, it has fallen to second place behind Oklahoma. It’s a step in the right direction, but it means Louisiana is still has one of world’s highest incarceration rates. A recent report in New Orleans showed that one in every seven adults in the city had a warrant out for their arrest.

At Longman Jakuback, we know that sometimes judges, juries, and prosecutors get it wrong. If you or a loved one have been convicted of a crime that you did not commit, or you believe that your sentence has been calculated incorrectly, you need a lawyer that is legally knowledgeable, dedicated, and aggressive—one who knows all of the options available to you post-trial and is skilled at finding the best one that applies to your case.  

For nearly two decades, Louisiana lead the United States in incarceration rates, making it the long-reigning incarceration capital of the world. Thanks to recent reforms, it has fallen to second place behind Oklahoma. It’s a step in the right direction, but it means Louisiana is still has one of world’s highest incarceration rates. A recent report in New Orleans showed that one in every seven adults in the city had a warrant out for their arrest.

At Longman Jakuback, we know that sometimes judges, juries, and prosecutors get it wrong. If you or a loved one have been convicted of a crime that you did not commit, or you believe that your sentence has been calculated incorrectly, you need a lawyer that is legally knowledgeable, dedicated, and aggressive—one who knows all of the options available to you post-trial and is skilled at finding the best one that applies to your case.  

Immediately after a criminal sentencing at the trial court, in Louisiana, you have thirty days to file a direct appeal. Direct appeals go to the appellate court—there are five appellate courts in Louisiana (and thirteen in the federal court system). This direct appeal is limited to legal mistakes only. Unfortunately, though over 90% of cases are resolved by pleas, if you plead guilty, you waived most of your appeal rights. You can still appeal very specific rights, in very limited circumstances, but your grounds are limited. 

If you went to trial, however, you have many more grounds for an appeal, particularly if a legal error occurred at your trial. Appeals are highly technical. They require in-depth research into the specific issues of your case and are limited to very particular legal grounds. 

Your appeal must be filed in the Court of Appeal that has jurisdiction over the area you went to trial or took your plea in. In Louisiana, you are limited in your appeals to legal mistakes that are preserved in the record of your trial. If your attorney failed to object to something in your trial, you may have lost your right to use that claim in your appeal. If the Court of Appeal rejects your appeal, you may apply to have your case heard by the Louisiana Supreme Court. It is important to note that the day your final appeal is denied either at the appellate court or the Supreme Court. The date your final appeal is denied becomes what is termed your “date of final conviction” for the purposes of post-conviction relief.  

Jacob Longman and Kathryn Jakuback are familiar with the types of issues that can be raised on direct appeal and can guide you through the process of questioning some errors that may have been made at the lower court.  

Appeals

Immediately after a criminal sentencing at the trial court, in Louisiana, you have thirty days to file a direct appeal. Direct appeals go to the appellate court—there are five appellate courts in Louisiana (and thirteen in the federal court system). This direct appeal is limited to legal mistakes only. Unfortunately, though over 90% of cases are resolved by pleas, if you plead guilty, you waived most of your appeal rights. You can still appeal very specific rights, in very limited circumstances, but your grounds are limited. 

If you went to trial, however, you have many more grounds for an appeal, particularly if a legal error occurred at your trial. Appeals are highly technical. They require in-depth research into the specific issues of your case and are limited to very particular legal grounds. 

Your appeal must be filed in the Court of Appeal that has jurisdiction over the area you went to trial or took your plea in. In Louisiana, you are limited in your appeals to legal mistakes that are preserved in the record of your trial. If your attorney failed to object to something in your trial, you may have lost your right to use that claim in your appeal. If the Court of Appeal rejects your appeal, you may apply to have your case heard by the Louisiana Supreme Court. It is important to note that the day your final appeal is denied either at the appellate court or the Supreme Court. The date your final appeal is denied becomes what is termed your “date of final conviction” for the purposes of post-conviction relief.  

Jacob Longman and Kathryn Jakuback are familiar with the types of issues that can be raised on direct appeal and can guide you through the process of questioning some errors that may have been made at the lower court.  

Motion to Correct Illegal Sentence

Laws are constantly changing. As legislators update our statutes, sentences that have been passed on criminal defendants also change. When new laws are passed that conflict with the sentence that an individual is serving out, a “Motion to Correct Illegal Sentence” may be filed. This motion is to notify the court that a review of the individual’s sentence is warranted. The judge may grant the individual a hearing, or may simply tailor the sentence so that it comes into compliance with new laws.  

Success at these hearings means skillful research, insightful legal arguments, and a dedicated team. Our office has a formidable track record with these motions and we are prepared to assist any individuals who believe they have are being held on an illegal sentence. 

Motion to Correct Illegal Sentence

Laws are constantly changing. As legislators update our statutes, sentences that have been passed on criminal defendants also change. When new laws are passed that conflict with the sentence that an individual is serving out, a “Motion to Correct Illegal Sentence” may be filed. This motion is to notify the court that a review of the individual’s sentence is warranted. The judge may grant the individual a hearing, or may simply tailor the sentence so that it comes into compliance with new laws.  

Success at these hearings means skillful research, insightful legal arguments, and a dedicated team. Our office has a formidable track record with these motions and we are prepared to assist any individuals who believe they have are being held on an illegal sentence. 

Post-Conviction Relief

After your appeals are exhausted, you have one year from the date of your final conviction to file for Federal Post-Conviction Relief. You have two years from the date of your final conviction to file for State Post-Conviction Relief. These timelines are strict, cannot be extended, and are only interrupted by the filing of a post-conviction application.  

Importantly, the presumption of everything is shifted against the individual and is instead tilted in favor of the state. The presumption of innocence you are supposed to have at trial is gone. You and your attorneys must now fight uphill to prove your innocence to the system, against the system. Like most litigation, post-conviction relief is a war, not a battle, and it is not one that is easily waged.  

Post-Conviction differs from appeals, in several notable ways. The first is that while your appeals are limited to legal mistakes, your Post-Conviction claims can be for any violations of the United States Constitution or the grounds enumerated in Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure 930.31. Importantly, the presumption of everything is shifted against the individual and is instead tilted in favor of the state.  

Post-Conviction Relief

After your appeals are exhausted, you have one year from the date of your final conviction to file for Federal Post-Conviction Relief. You have two years from the date of your final conviction to file for State Post-Conviction Relief. These timelines are strict, cannot be extended, and are only interrupted by the filing of a post-conviction application.  

Importantly, the presumption of everything is shifted against the individual and is instead tilted in favor of the state. The presumption of innocence you are supposed to have at trial is gone. You and your attorneys must now fight uphill to prove your innocence to the system, against the system. Like most litigation, post-conviction relief is a war, not a battle, and it is not one that is easily waged.  

Post-Conviction differs from appeals, in several notable ways. The first is that while your appeals are limited to legal mistakes, your Post-Conviction claims can be for any violations of the United States Constitution or the grounds enumerated in Louisiana Code of Criminal Procedure 930.31. Importantly, the presumption of everything is shifted against the individual and is instead tilted in favor of the state.  

In our rapidly shifting political landscape, it can be scary to face the threat of detention, family separation, or deportation. Our attorneys are closely monitoring changes in immigration law and the release of new executive orders so we can be prepared to assist clients from all walks of life with questions about naturalization, visa applications, asylum applications, and even habeas petitions. Contact us for a free consultation to determine whether or not our office can assist you with the oftencomplicated process of navigating the USCIS and DHS processes. 

In our rapidly shifting political landscape, it can be scary to face the threat of detention, family separation, or deportation. Our attorneys are closely monitoring changes in immigration law and the release of new executive orders so we can be prepared to assist clients from all walks of life with questions about naturalization, visa applications, asylum applications, and even habeas petitions. Contact us for a free consultation to determine whether or not our office can assist you with the oftencomplicated process of navigating the USCIS and DHS processes. 

Deportation & Detention Defenses

If you, your family, or a loved one, is being threatened with removal from the United States, our office is ready to assist. At Longman Jakuback, our team knows what it takes to present a case that will make our client stand out to an immigration judge. We are eager to assist clients that have been detained at the LaSalle, Oakdale, or Pine Prairie locations.  

Habeas Petitions

Especially in our current political climate, it is not uncommon for immigrants to get “stuck” in detention centers after they have been deemed removable. Sometimes, even after the United States has ordered their deportation, they won’t be accepted back by their home country, so they will be kept in limbo in detention centers for a seemingly indefinite period of time. If someone you love is trapped in a detention facility with no release date in sight, call one of our seasoned attorneys for a free consultation and learn about our track record with federal habeas petitions.  

Deportation & Detention Defenses

If you, your family, or a loved one, is being threatened with removal from the United States, our office is ready to assist. At Longman Jakuback, our team knows what it takes to present a case that will make our client stand out to an immigration judge. We are eager to assist clients that have been detained at the LaSalle, Oakdale, or Pine Prairie locations.  

Habeas Petitions

Especially in our current political climate, it is not uncommon for immigrants to get “stuck” in detention centers after they have been deemed removable. Sometimes, even after the United States has ordered their deportation, they won’t be accepted back by their home country, so they will be kept in limbo in detention centers for a seemingly indefinite period of time. If someone you love is trapped in a detention facility with no release date in sight, call one of our seasoned attorneys for a free consultation and learn about our track record with federal habeas petitions.  

Naturalization

Our attorneys are ready to assist you in filling your naturalization paperwork. Eligibility requirements change often, so contact our office for a consultation before submitting your N-4002.  

  • In order to become a naturalized citizen of the United States, you must meet the following requirements: 
    1. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of filing 
    2. Be a “legal permanent resident” at the time of filing 
    3. Have had “legal permanent resident” status for at least five years prior to filing 
      • If applicant has been married to a US citizen for three years prior to filing, the five-year requirement can be reduced to three  

Naturalization

Our attorneys are ready to assist you in filling your naturalization paperwork. Eligibility requirements change often, so contact our office for a consultation before submitting your N-4002.  

  • In order to become a naturalized citizen of the United States, you must meet the following requirements: 
    1. Be at least 18 years of age at the time of filing 
    2. Be a “legal permanent resident” at the time of filing 
    3. Have had “legal permanent resident” status for at least five years prior to filing 
      • If applicant has been married to a US citizen for three years prior to filing, the five-year requirement can be reduced to three  

Visa Applications

Whether you are looking for an immigrant visa, a non-immigrant travel visa, a fiancé K-1 visa, a K-3 marriage visa, or a U-visa, our attorneys are standing by to help. Each of these applications is tricky and our staff is eager to help guide you through loopholes in immigration law.

Visa Applications

Whether you are looking for an immigrant visa, a non-immigrant travel visa, a fiancé K-1 visa, a K-3 marriage visa, or a U-visa, our attorneys are standing by to help. Each of these applications is tricky and our staff is eager to help guide you through loopholes in immigration law.

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