Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile Defense

Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile is a legal term exclusive to Louisiana

Charges of indecent behavior with a juvenile are only found in Louisiana.

State law defines it as “the commission of (certain acts) with the intention of arousing or gratifying the sexual desires of either person.” This includes the transmission, delivery or utterance of any textual, visual, written or oral communication depicting “lewd or lascivious” activities.

The law further specifies that the act is directed towards someone 16 years or younger and an age difference of at least two years exist between the perpetrator and alleged victim. Other U.S. states might use the term “lewd behavior” to describe the crime.

An adult who sends a text message or an email that contains nude images or discusses sexual activities with the intent of sexual arousal might be a candidate for an indecent behavior with a juvenile charge.

Indecent behavior with a juvenile is a felony; conviction comes with a fine of up to $5,000 and/or a prison sentence of up to seven years. If the victim is less than 13 years old, the prison sentence increases to between two and 25 years.

Major factors in an Indecent Behavior with a Juvenile defense

As with other sex crimes involving a minor, lack of knowledge of the child’s age is not a valid defense. It also does not matter if the person who receives the transmission in question is actually under the age of 17; an adult police officer working through a cybercrime unit can pretend to be a youth to trap potential offenders.

Prosecutors are required to prove that the offender intended to deliver the communication for sexual arousal or gratification, which can be difficult. Also, similar to computer aided solicitation cases, the aggressiveness of officers posing as minors can lead to questions of entrapment. A criminal defense attorney experienced in dealing with sex crimes can assist individuals facing indecent behavior accusations to have charges reduced or dismissed.

Contact a New Orleans criminal defense attorney today

Questions? An experienced criminal defense attorney can assist you or someone you know facing accusations of indecent behavior with a juvenile or any other offense. The law office of Elizabeth B. Carpenter can offer help. Call (504) 373-4624 or email today for a consultation