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Obscenity Charges in Louisiana
The crime of Obscenity in Louisiana is the intentional exposure of the private parts in any public place or place open to the public view, or in any prison or jail, with the intent of arousing sexual desire or which appeals to prurient interest or is patently offensive.
Obscenity under La. R.S. 14:106 is a felony in Louisiana. The potential sentence for obscenity is a fine of not less than $1000 up to $2500 and/or jail time of 6 moths to 3 years with or without hard labor. Although a judge could order probation, prison time is very likely if convicted.
If you have been arrested for obscenity, you probably had to post bond. The judge may have special conditions for you to follow while being on bond. That usually includes staying out of trouble and a possible protective order to stay away from the alleged victim. You may have a court date in your paperwork. This is the arraignment date or bond status date, depending on the jurisdiction. You will need to have your criminal defense attorney hired by then at the latest.
The formal obscenity charge is only filed by the prosecuting attorney. He may choose to dismiss the prosecution if he prefers. This is why having an experienced obscenity lawyer to step in and communicate early on with the prosecutor is so beneficial. Don’t wait until the day before court to hire us. There is a lot we can do soon after the arrest to help you.
An obscenity defense lawyer is a lawyer that experienced in defending clients charged with obscenity charges. We have helped dozens of clients charged with obscenity in Louisiana. We know what defenses work and how to help our clients even when they have a bad case. Our obscenity lawyers know how to keep our clients out of jail and protect their criminal records as best as possible. We understand that one mistake should not cost our clients the rest of their career. Mr. Barkemeyer has been an obscenity lawyer for over 17 years. He understands all the different scenarios and defenses and ways to mitigate the obscenity charge.
Is Obscenity a Sex Offense?
Generally, obscenity in Louisiana is not a sex offense under Louisiana law. Therefore, those who are convicted of obscenity usually are not required to register as a sex offender. There is one instance when obscenity can be classified as a sex offense and registration is required. If the defendant is convicted under R.S. 14:106(A)(5), which is obscenity by solicitation of a person under the age of seventeen, then he would be required to register as a sex offender.
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