Andre Robert Belanger

Andre Robert Belanger

Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Belanger
  • Criminal Law, Appeals & Appellate, DUI & DWI...
  • Louisiana, Mississippi
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Summary

André Bélanger, a graduate of Loyola University, is a highly-respected criminal defense attorney serving the people of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and surrounding areas of Ascension Parish and New Orleans, for one of Baton Rouge's top-25 law firms. In his 15 years of practicing law, Mr. Bélanger has handled thousands of criminal cases at both the pre-trial and trial stage, including approximately 200 trials. This trial experience includes homicide defense and prosecution, large drug conspiracies and fraud cases making Belanger one of the few attorneys capable of handling even the largest, most complex federal cases. Having spent years devoted to developing a top tier regional law practice for federal court and state court litigation, Mr. Bélanger is admitted to practicing law in all federal courts in both Louisiana, Mississippi, the United States Supreme Court and the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. A strong commitment to the justice system, Mr. Bélanger has begun to forge his trial skills in the criminal courtroom in an effort to establish his own personal injury trial practice. This is a major boon for his clients, as few personal injury “trial attorneys” have appreciable jury trial experience. Mr. Bélanger is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s Top 1%, was also recently nominated to the National Trial Lawyers Association’s “Top 100 Lawyers” list for the third year in a row, as well as recognized as one of Louisiana’s Super Lawyers.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • DUI & DWI
  • White Collar Crime
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Louisiana
Mississippi
5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Junior Partner
Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Belanger
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Responsible for handling high profile state prosecutions, complex federal prosecutions, appeals, post conviction applications and writs to the United States Supreme Court
Private practice
Law Offices of Andre Belanger
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Handled criminal cases, appeals and post conviction relief applications throughout Louisiana.
23rd JDC Indigent Defender Board
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Handled conflict cases for the indigent defender board in Ascension, Assumption and St. James Parishes.
Associate Attorney
Regan & Associates
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Litigated criminal cases in New Orleans state and federal courts.
Assistant District Attorney
Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office
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Assistant District Attorney responsible for handling homicides and sex crimes when I left the office. Brought over 130 cases to trial.
Education
Loyola University New Orleans
J.D. / Law (2000)
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Honors: Corpus Juris Secundum Award Dean's List
Activities: Loyoal Law Clinic Graduate Assistant Cross Country and Track Coach
Knox College
B.A. / Political Science and Economics (1997)
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Honors: Alpha Si Omega National Honor Society Cross Country and Track letter Winner Dean's List Graduated Cum Laude
Activities: Cross Country and Track
Awards
Louisiana Superlawyer
Superlawyers
Louisiana Super Lawyer
Superlawyers
Top 100
National Trial Lawyer's Association
Top 1%
National Association of Distinguished Counsel
Premier Attorney
American Academy of Trial Lawyers
Rising Star
Superlawyers
Louisiana Super Lawyer
Superlawyers
Top 100
National Trial Lawyer's Association
Top 100
National Trial Lawyer's Association
Blackstone 10:1
Louisiana Association of Criminal Deefense Lawyers
Professional Associations
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Current
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Board Member
Current
Louisiana Association of Justice
Current
National College for DUI Defense
Current
Louisiana State Bar Association # 26797
Member
Current
Publications
Articles & Publications
The Anantomy of a DWI Arrest
Self Published
The Practice of Criminal Defence: Why We Fight and Defend Those Most Imperilled Every Day
International Journal of Public Law and Policy
Speaking Engagements
Professionalism, Celebrity Justice & Representation of Unpopular Clients and Causes, Dean Henry George McMahon American Inn of Court meeting, Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge Women's Bar Association
The Empire Strikes Back: Environmental Criminal Investigation from the Defense Perspective, Environmental Regulatory Compliance Conference, Alexandria
Websites & Blogs
Website
Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Belanger
Blog
MGK&B
Legal Answers
29 Questions Answered

Q. How long do you have to serve,on second degree murder to be pardon in Louisiana
A: you are not entitled to a pardon. That said, you can apply for a pardon or commutation of sentence.
Q. I have verification of first offender pardon for dwi 3rd offense. Can I possess a firearm now?
A: This is a common an tricky question. My simple advice to you is NO. Under La 14:95.1, the DWI wouldn't prohibit gun possession. Not every Louisiana felony will. That said, ANY felony prohibits your ability to possess a gun as a matter of Federal law. Also, the First Offender Pardon DOES NOT restore gun rights to those adversely affected. You'll need a Governor's pardon to do that.
Q. I need a disposition of an arrest that was reduced with a lawyer for a new job? How do I get this?
A: you can likely pay your local sheriff's office to do a background check. Similarly, many state police headquarters do the same. Also, you can go to the clerk of court and get a certified minute entry showing a reduced charge.
Q. Can police hold my license after its been confirmed clean while k9 checks car
A: there are some very fact specific federal cases, including a more recent United States Supreme Court case, on this topic. In a very general sense, the police can dispatch a k9 while running your license and checking for warrants during a stop. But, they can not use the k9 to prolong the detention without reasonable suspicion for other criminal activity. Go find a quality criminal defense lawyer with an active motions and trial practice to assist you.
Q. I am on 1 year probation ending next year but i have a court date next month and I still have fees due what will happen?
A: Assuming your hearing is a review for your probation then please make sure you have done all of the special conditions imposed by the court. If your are behind on money, be prepared to show a good faith effort. The need to buy christmas gifts isn't a good excuse. Some judges are sticklers so you should consult with your lawyer and p/o well in advance of court.
Q. Is Obtaining Legend Drugs By MISR a Misdemeanor charge or a Felony charge
A: I'm not sure what "MISR" means but can say that obtaining a prescription drug by fraud is a felony.
Q. I been get postpone 5 month now on aggregate assault y is that
A: Depending upon when you were charged, you could still be within the statute of limitations. But, if this is a misdemeanor offense, the general rule is they have 1 year to bring your case to trial. There are exceptions and ways to extend the time.
Q. CAn i be. convicted of convicted felon with firearm if no gun was taken out of my posession
A: yes. but, they will need to establish, by credible evidence, that you had a gun. Some common examples, flight from an officer and the gun is discarded and can not be relocated or an armed robbery where the suspect was arrested days later and a gun was not found on him or at his home.
Q. Could a parolee revoked for a misdemeanor crime or held in an institution by the board of parole
A: The parole board has the authority to revoke parole for a misdemeanor conviction. They can also impose other sanctions short of revocation. A lawyer can communicate with the parole officer to get a feel for the board's position and represent him before the parole board should they want to revoke his parole.
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8075 Jefferson Highway
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
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Telephone: (225) 383-9703