Hate Crimes — La R.S. 14:107.2
It shall be unlawful for any person to select the victim of the following offenses (See List) against person and property because of actual or perceived race, age, gender, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry of that person or the owner or occupant of that property or because of actual or perceived membership or service in, or employment with, an organization:
first or second degree murder;
second degree battery;
aggravated assault with a firearm;
terrorizing; mingling harmful substances;
first, second or third degree rape;
sexual battery, second degree sexual battery;
oral sexual battery;
carnal knowledge of a juvenile;
indecent behavior with juveniles;
molestation of a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability;
simple, second degree, or aggravated kidnapping;
simple or aggravated arson;
placing combustible materials;
communicating of false information of planned arson;
simple or aggravated criminal damage to property;
contamination of water supplies;
simple or aggravated burglary;
simple, first degree, or armed robbery;
desecration of graves;
institutional vandalism; or
assault by drive-by shooting.
If the underlying offense is a misdemeanor, and the offender may be fined not more than $500.00 hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both. This sentence shall run consecutively to the sentence for the underlying offense.
If the underlying offense is a felony, and the offender may be fined not more than $5,000 dollars or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than 5 years, or both. This sentence shall run consecutively to the sentence for the underlying offense.
If you have been accused of a hate crime, contact attorney Elizabeth Bagert Carpenter for a consultation.