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When must a Louisiana resident register as a sex offender?

Being charged with a sex crime is not something to take lightly. A guilty verdict can mean jail time, fines and possibly having to register as a sex offender. Having one's name on the registered sex offender list can be damaging to one's reputation, can negatively affect a person's professional life, and can drastically affect one's personal relationships.

There are a wide array of sex crimes that may force an individual to register as a sex offender in the state of Louisiana. These include more obvious crimes like forcible rape and second degree sexual battery, but also lesser known crimes like conspiracy to commit aggravated oral sexual battery and attempted perpetration. A person must have either pled guilty or been convicted of a sex crime in order to be required to register as a sex offender.

Threat of violence leaves man facing felony charge

After rising numbers of instances of school and workplace violence over the last few years, most Baton Rouge residents know that Louisiana law enforcement authorities will take threats to the safety of public buildings and the people in them very seriously. However, as a recent case may well illustrate, sometimes this desire for safety at all costs can raise questions about whether a person can and should be punished simply for saying things that might make people uncomfortable or frightened.

A man who was near Baton Rouge Community College reportedly was saying that he planned to shoot 70 people at the college campus. Police say that they were able to identify the man from eyewitness accounts. The man did not have a gun when he was arrested, and no one was hurt. The status of the man's mental condition was not reported.

The law can help people falsely accused of sex crimes

As this blog has mentioned many times, convictions for sex crimes can have serious personal and professional consequences. Depending on the crime, a Louisiana resident, if convicted, will likely have to spend a substantial amount of time in jail followed by a lengthy period of restrictive probation. Moreover, a person may have to register as a sex offender, which could make finding a suitable home difficult and finding a job nearly impossible.

What some Louisianans may fear even more than sex crime convictions, however, are untrue allegations against a person of child sexual abuse, rape or some other sex crime. Even the allegation that a person has committed a sex offense can leave that person fighting to salvage his or her personal and professional reputation.

Boaters in Louisiana face significant penalties for OWI

Last week's post discussed how a charge of boating while intoxicated, even if it is a first-time offense, can result in serious consequences for Louisiana residents and those traveling to this state. Indeed, the fines and other penalties, even for a one-time mistake, can affect a person's finances, livelihood and even freedom.

According to the official boating handbook of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, a person faces the possibility of a boating while intoxicated charge if he or she is suspected of having a .08 percent blood alcohol content. If a person is under 21, then he or she will face an OWI if he or she has more than .02 percent blood alcohol content. A person can also face a boating while intoxicated charge if he or she is found to be under the influence of drugs.

Louisiana boater facing hit and run charges

Many Louisiana residents have probably heard about how seriously law enforcement officers both in Baton Rouge and in other communities take drunk driving. A person facing a DWI charge, even for a first-time mistake, may have to deal with serious personal and professional consequences, including the possibility of jail time.

What people might not realize, however, is that police will often use leaving the scene or hit-and-run charges to try to punish people whom they suspect may have been driving or boating drunk. For their part, citizens need to take such charges seriously, as they can have just as significant consequences as an OWI.

TV star facing allegations of molesting a child

The star of a Discovery Channel reality show, likely watched by many in Louisiana, is facing the possibility of serious penal and professional consequences after being accused of molesting a child. According to reports, the celebrity gun store owner and firearms aficionado denied the allegations. He claims instead that a former girlfriend has made up the allegations of child sexual abuse to get back at him because their relationship soured. The alleged victim is reportedly the celebrity's daughter.

Although jail officials, when asked, declined to speak about the case because a judge has placed the details under seal, according to TMZ, a celebrity website, the man had to post $150,000 in bail in order to be given his liberty pending the disposition of these charges. Reportedly, the man and his current wife still have custody of the alleged victim in this case even though child welfare officials spoke with the child about the allegations.

Baton Rouge men accused of soliciting sex, child pornography

Eight men, about half of whom are from Baton Rouge and the remainder of whom reside in other parts of Louisiana, are facing serious charges in the wake of an investigation conducted by several state and federal agencies. Most of the men face child pornography charges, and reports also suggested that some of these men also might face legal allegations that they were soliciting sex with minors.

As many Louisianans already know, a conviction on any of these charges can ruin a person's life. First, the person will no doubt face a real possibility of going to jail for an extended period of time, followed by a long period of very restrictive probation. In addition to having to explain a felony on his record, these men may also have to register as a sex offender. Being on the sex offender registry carries with it a powerful social stigma and can ruin a person's chances at having a good job in the future.

Young man faces multiple charges after alleged crime spree

Baton Rouge residents probably know that being accused of a felony is a serious matter, and most people in Baton Rouge probably never want such a thing to happen to them. Even one felony charge can mean that a person could serve a lengthy prison sentence, pay a hefty time and be forced to deal with the long-term professional and personal consequences that follow a felony conviction. This situation is made even worse, however, when a person faces more than one felony.

As a case in point, a teen from the Baton Rouge area faces multiple felony charges, including attempted murder, kidnapping, rape and robbery charges, after he and two other people allegedly held up two women and then forced the women into their car. According to reports, the women were taken to an isolated area and raped. According to police, this young man also shot another person who happened to step outside during this crime spree. These crimes allegedly took place in and around Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge man faces unusual felony charge

Louisiana residents who read this blog frequently know that violent crimes like robbery, rape, assault and murder can carry with them substantial penalties, including a lengthy prison sentence. For this reason, a Baton Rouge resident accused of these types of crimes may want to mount an aggressive defense against the state's charges. What some people might not realize, however, is that Louisiana also has laws on the books that can quickly turn what some might see as obnoxious or provocative behavior into a serious felony charge.

One Baton Rouge man unfortunately found this out the hard way when he was charged with "intentional exposure of the AIDS virus" against a deputy. The man now faces the possibility of a hefty fine and an 11-year prison sentence.

Baton Rouge sobriety checkpoints lead to DUI charges

Drivers could be stopped for various reasons. An officer could suspect that a traffic violation has been committed. In other cases, a driver is questioned and possibly arrested following an accident. Moreover, a driver could be stopped at various checkpoints. This often occurs when authorities seek to deter drunk drivers on the roadways.

In what some Louisiana residents may see as part of a holiday tradition, Baton Rouge authorities conducted more than one field sobriety checkpoint on the local roads in an effort to nab suspected drunk drivers who were reveling during the long Independence Day weekend.

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