Carson Marcantel is originally from Lake Charles, Louisiana, and grew up on family farms in Southwest Louisiana and Northern Arkansas. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Arkansas in 1984 and a Juris Doctorate degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1990, passing the bar exam and being admitted to the practice of law that same year.
Carson’s legal experiences in the field of Criminal Law is extensive, having worked as a law clerk for the former Chief Criminal Judge of the 19th Judicial District, the Hon. Michael Erwin, as an assistant district attorney for then-District Attorney Doug Moreau, and as a criminal defense attorney in private practice for over 20 years.
In 1996, Carson decided to enter private practice as a criminal defense attorney. As a private criminal defense attorney, Carson’s practice has focused in part on defending person’s accused of drunk driving. In order to defend his clients to the utmost, Carson sought out and successfully completed training with the National College of DUI Defense in 2000 and 2001, and in 2002 he became qualified in the administration of standardized field sobriety tests. The above training has given Carson a superior understanding of issues facing his DWI clients.
In addition to DWI defense, Carson has successfully defended clients accused of other crimes. These cases have included college students accused of drug possession offenses, kids accused of shoplifting, young adults accused of car burglaries and/or “joyriding”, and much more serious offenses, including felonies.