New Louisiana Human Trafficking Laws

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  New Louisiana Laws Aim to Crack Down on Human Trafficking In the eyes of some social-service agencies and law-enforcement officials, Louisiana has proven to be a hub for human trafficking. Young women – some under 18, some a little older — are regularly brought into the state, or recruited from within, and allegedly forced… Read more »

2016 Proposed Legislative Changes Sex Offender Registry

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  Proposed Louisiana law seeks to further erode privacy of sex-offender registrants   The Louisiana State Senate on May 24 passed House Bill 1146, which aims to give the public access to email addresses and online screen names of registered sex offenders. House members passed it earlier in May. The impetus behind the bill, which… Read more »

Louisiana Lawmakers Want to Regulate Use of Drones

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  Bills to regulate drones hovering in Louisiana Legislature Amid booming sales of drones (unmanned aircraft) across the nation, states are trying to figure out how to regulate their commercial and recreational use. In many cases, lawmakers at the state and federal level are debating whether regulations are needed, given that most statutes already address… Read more »

Louisiana 2016 Legislative Session: Bills to Watch

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  2016 Legislative session to address gun, marijuana, job laws The regular session of the Louisiana Legislature got underway March 14 and continues through June 6. While the big question concerns how lawmakers plan to balance the state’s gaping billion-dollar-plus budget hole, a variety of bills concerning guns and drugs are being monitored by criminal-defense… Read more »

Misdemeanor Sexual Battery — Louisiana Law

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  Misdemeanor Sexual Battery During the 2015 legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers created the crime of misdemeanor sexual battery.  This offense is defined as the following:   The intentional touching of the breasts or buttocks of the victim by the offender, or the offender by the victim, using any instrumentality or any part of the body… Read more »

Distribution of Material Harmful to Minors through Internet

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  Unlawful distribution of material harmful to minors through the Internet — La. R.S. 14:91.14 This criminal offense was created by Louisiana lawmakers during the 2015 legislative session. This statute went into effect on August 1, 2015.   Any person or entity in Louisiana that publishes material harmful to minors on the Internet shall, prior… Read more »

Preliminary Versions of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015

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  U.S. Senate and House Introduce Separate Versions of Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2015   Committees from both the U.S. Senate and the House have introduced bills that could reform federal sentencing. Below is a brief recap of each piece of legislation.   Senate Bill Reduces the enhanced penalties that apply to repeat… Read more »

Revenge Porn: Louisiana Lawmakers Pass New Law

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  Louisiana Joins Trend of States Banning ‘Revenge Porn’ “Vengeance is mine” is a quote often attributed to God by Bible followers. (Romans: 12:19, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”) It encourages people to leave justice to a higher power in lieu of taking matters into their own hands.   But, “vengeance… Read more »

Residential Contractor Fraud – Louisiana Law

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  During the 2014 legislative session, the Louisiana law makers repealed the statute for Home Improvement Fraud and replaced it with Residential Contractor Fraud.   Louisiana Residential Contractor Fraud Statute– La. R.S. 14:202.1 Residential contractor fraud is the misappropriation or intentional taking of anything of value which belongs to another, either without the consent of… Read more »