Violent Crimes In Louisiana
There are a series of different violent crimes in Louisiana with which you can be charged. Each carries serious penalties, but with the help of an experienced defense attorney, your rights will be protected.
Homicide is the killing of another person without lawful excuse or justification. In Louisiana, there are three main types of homicide.
First-degree murder is the most serious form of homicide. Certain factors must be present for first-degree murder, such as kidnapping, rape, murder for hire, and others. First-degree murder carries a possible sentence of life imprisonment without parole or even the death penalty.
Second-degree murder is an intentional killing but is not planned or premeditated. It carries with it the punishment of life in prison without parole.
Manslaughter is a murder committed under certain mitigating circumstances. It is usually committed in the “heat of passion,” from a provocation, which could make a person so angry that they lose control. The charge comes with a maximum of 40 years in prison in most cases, but if the victim was under the age of 10, the sentence is not less than 10 years but not more than 40.
Depending on the type of harm caused in an alleged attack, assault may be a misdemeanor or a felony. Assault is an attempt to injure another person or an act or threat that causes a person to believe they will be attacked. A felony battery may carry up to $5,000 in fines and anywhere from two to ten years in prison.
Battery is an intentional act of violence of force against a person, such as punching or hitting a person with an object. A battery charge comes in a variety of forms, some more serious than others, including:
- Second-Degree Battery
- Aggravated Battery
- Domestic Abuse Battery
- Battery Against Special Victims
The penalties for the offense range from one year in prison to up to ten years in prison depending on the offense charged. An experienced Louisiana criminal defense attorney can inform you of the specific penalties you face, as well as defend against your charges.
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