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Informer: Felons generally must avoid one another

Last Modified: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 9:27 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

Are two convicted felons allowed to ride together or associate with each other?

Yes, but only if they have permission from their probation and parole officers.

“That I will not associate with persons known to be engaged in criminal activity,” reads No. 5 on the state Department of Corrections’ conditions of parole list.

“Also, I will not associate with persons known to have been convicted of a felony without written permission from my Parole Agent.”

The conditions of probation contain similar language.

Other conditions of parole, as listed on the DOC’s website:

“That I will avoid injurious or vicious habits and places of disreputable or harmful character, which includes the ingestion of alcoholic beverages and/or frequenting establishments where alcohol is the primary commodity served or sold.”

“That I will in all respects conduct myself honorably, work diligently at a lawful occupation, and support my dependents, if any to the best of my ability.”

“That I will promptly and truthfully answer all inquiries directed to me by the Division of Probation and Parole.”

“That I will live and remain at liberty and refrain from engaging in any type of criminal conduct.”

“I shall not have in my possession or control any firearms or dangerous weapons.”

Online: www.doc.la.gov.



Handwritten will legal in Louisiana

I am 81 years old, and I want to know if it’s legal to write my own will. I have no money. All I have is life insurance and the house, which I would like to leave to my children.

A handwritten, or olographic, will is legal in Louisiana.

“An olographic testament is one entirely written, dated, and signed in the handwriting of the testator. Although the date may appear anywhere in the testament, the testator must sign the testament at the end of the testament,” reads Civil Code Article 1575.

“If anything is written by the testator after his signature, the testament shall not be invalid and such writing may be considered by the court, in its discretion, as part of the testament. The olographic testament is subject to no other requirement as to form. The date is sufficiently indicated if the day, month, and year are reasonably ascertainable from information in the testament, as clarified by extrinsic evidence, if necessary.”

Any changes to the will — i.e., deletions or additions — must be made in the testator’s hand to be legally effective.

Online: www.lsba.org/Public/ConsumerBrochures.aspx.



Fog lights can stay on in inclement weather

Is it OK for people to drive with their fog lights on all the time?

No.

“Whenever the driver of a vehicle approaches an oncoming vehicle within five hundred feet or follows another vehicle two hundred feet to the rear, such driver shall not use any fog lamps or other auxiliary driving or passing lamps, except during periods of inclement weather or fog,” reads R.S. 32:322.

Online: www.legis.la.gov.

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The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098, press 5 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com

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