Domestic Abuse In Louisiana – What You Should Know
Domestic Abuse is taken very seriously by prosecutors in Louisiana. It is a punishable crime that can even result in a felony and prevent the offender from possessing arms.
If you are ever charged with a domestic abuse battery in Louisiana you should take it very seriously because once you are convicted of domestic abuse your future professional prospects would be ruined. In this day and age, no one would want a domestic abuser in their workplace. It is better to hire a domestic abuse attorney as soon as possible so that he can construct a defense for you. In this article, I will dive into details of the domestic abuse battery in Louisiana.
What is Domestic Abuse?
Generally, the term domestic abuse is used for the violence or abuse committed in a domestic setting For Example violence by spouse or parent would be called domestic abuse. Usually, violence or abuse by someone who lives in the same house as yours (i.e. siblings) also comes under domestic abuse.
What is Louisiana domestic abuse battery under La R.S. 14:35.3?
In Louisiana, a person is charged with domestic abuse battery if violence is committed intentionally by one family member or household member upon another family member or household member.
What is a Household member?
You might be wondering how does the law define a household member or family member. According to law, a household member is any person that is currently living or has previously lived in the same residence as the offender. For Example, a child that previously or currently lived in the same residence as the offender can be regarded as a household member. Hence the child of the offender could be counted as a household member regardless of where he lives. Therefore in most cases, it is necessary for both the offender and the victim to be living under the same roof if the offender is to be convicted of domestic abuse battery in Louisiana.
A household member could also be someone who shares a sexual relationship with the offender. So a girlfriend or intimate partner can also be counted as the household member if needed.
Hence generally speaking a person is charged with domestic abuse battery in Louisiana if he or she is found to be inflicting violence on one of their family or household member.
What are the consequences of been convicted of a domestic abuse battery in Louisiana?
If a person is convicted of domestic abuse in Louisiana he is heavily charged and jailed with or without labor. But there are more consequences to been convicted of domestic abuse in Louisiana than just prison and fines. Domestic abuse battery can easily become a felony which can create further trouble for the offender. A person convicted of domestic abuse in Louisiana might be released after spending a year or two in prison however the conviction of domestic abuse battery will always act as a hurdle in his/her professional life because no one would want a convict of domestic abuse in their office. Plus if someone convicted of domestic abuse battery in Louisiana commits another crime later then they’ll be in bigger trouble.
However this does not end here, if anyone is convicted of domestic abuse battery in Louisiana he/she cannot possess a gun or concealed weapons for10 years after their sentence is finished (or after probation or parole). If a person convicted of domestic abuse battery is found with a gun or weapon he/she is punished severely. A convict of domestic abuse battery can be jailed for a minimum of 1 year and maximum for 20 years if he or she is found in possession of a firearm or weapon. Plus he/she can also be fined about $100-$5000. After 10 years they can possess a gun or firearm if they are not convicted of domestic abuse battery or any felony again.
There are some other charges related to domestic abuse battery in Louisiana that prevent possession of a firearm under La. RS 14: 95.10 i.e. a second offense of domestic abuse battery, domestic abuse battery of a dating partner that involves strangulation, and the battery of a dating partner that involves burning.
Considering these penalties and consequences it is best not to take any chances if anyone is charged with domestic abuse battery in Louisiana. Once you are convicted of it there is no going back. It is better to be cautious then be sorry hence you should immediately contact a domestic abuse attorney if you are ever charged with domestic abuse battery in Louisiana.
As said earlier domestic abuse is a punishable crime in Louisiana and prosecutors take strong cases against such cases. They are very reluctant to dismiss these cases because there is always a chance that the defendant will end up with more crimes later. Carl Barkemeyer is the best domestic abuse attorney who has years of experience in defending domestic abuse battery cases for his clients. He is a very well known defense attorney who has won many cases against intense prosecutors. He also has a team that gathers evidence and helps him in constructing a defense strategy according to your case. and the situation.
Hence you should hire Carl Barkemeyer, Criminal Defense Attorney if you are charged with domestic abuse battery in Louisiana. He and his team will come up with a defense strategy to help you walk away blameless from your charges.