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Illegal Possession of Stolen Things in Louisiana

Illegal Possession of Stolen Things in Louisiana

Illegal Possession Defense Lawyer in Louisiana

Carl Barkemeyer is an illegal possession defense lawyer in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Covington, New Orleans, and Lafayette, Louisiana. Illegal possession cases can either be misdemeanors or felonies. These charges can carry extensive prison sentences. Mr. Barkemeyer is highly experienced in handling these cases successfully.

More often than not, thefts or robberies will lead to charges of illegal possession in Louisiana that can be very serious charges and will negatively impact your future. If you have recently been arrested for illegal possession in Louisiana, it is highly recommended that you seek legal help as soon as possible for your case. Carl Barkemeyer is a very experienced criminal defense attorney who has been working on illegal possession cases for many years. Mr. Barkemeyer knows the ins and outs of the Louisiana legal system and has defended many illegal possession charges in the past. It is important to seek legal assistance immediately for illegal possession charges because every case is different and all the details need to be investigated to find the best way to defend you in court. Mr. Barkemeyer will help you craft a defense for your case that could potentially result in a more positive outcome for you and your family.

What is illegal possession?

The general idea of illegal possession in Louisiana is the act of possessing property that has been taken or stolen from another person without their consent to possess it. This happens many times after a theft or robbery occurs, so the charges will usually go hand-in-hand. Many times, being charged with theft or robbery and being punished will also lead to illegal possession charges if you are still in possession of the stolen items. This can increase your penalties by adding on a second charge to be punished for if found guilty in court. Under Louisiana state law, illegal possession is defined as follows:

–           The intentional possessing, procuring, receiving, or concealing of anything of value which has been the subject of any robbery or theft, under circumstances which indicate that the offender knew or had good reason to believe that the thing was the subject of one of these offenses.

This is the more generic act of illegal possession in Louisiana. However, there is another type of illegal possession which involves illegally possessing firearms that have been stolen or taken without consent. The definition for illegal possession of firearms in Louisiana is as follows:

–           The intentional possessing, procuring, receiving, or concealing of a firearm which has been the subject of any robbery or theft under circumstances which indicate that the offender knew or should have known that the firearm was the subject of a robbery or theft.

What are the penalties?

There are different penalties and punishments for being charged with illegal possession, depending on both the item that was illegally possessed as well as the monetary value of the illegally possessed item. For example, being charged with illegal possession of a firearm will have different penalties than illegal possession of a non-firearm. However, no matter which type of illegal possession you are charged with, they will all have leave lasting damage that can take a toll on your future and really hurt your future opportunities. The penalties for regular illegal possession in Louisiana are as follows:

Illegal Possession of Stolen Things Defined – La RS 14:69

Illegal possession of stolen things is the intentional possessing, procuring, receiving, or concealing of anything of value which has been the subject of any robbery or theft, under circumstances which indicate that the offender knew or had good reason to believe that the thing was the subject of one of these offenses.

(1) When the value of the things is $1,500 or more, the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than ten years, or may be fined not more than $3,000, or both.

(2) When the value of the stolen things is $500 or more, but less than $1,500, the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than five years, or may be fined not more than $2,000, or both.

(3) When the value of the stolen things is less than $500, the offender shall be imprisoned for not more than six months or may be fined not more than $1,000, or both. If the offender in such cases has been convicted of receiving stolen things or illegal possession of stolen things two or more times previously, upon any subsequent conviction, the offender shall be imprisoned, with or without hard labor, for not more than two years or may be fined not more than $2,000, or both.

(4) When the offender has committed the crime of illegal possession of stolen things by a number of distinct acts, the aggregate of the amount of the things so received shall determine the grade of the offense.

Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearms – La RS 14:69.1

Illegal possession of stolen firearms is the intentional possessing, procuring, receiving, or concealing of a firearm which has been the subject of any robbery or theft under circumstances which indicate that the offender knew or should have known that the firearm was the subject of a robbery or theft. 

These simply state that as the monetary value of the illegally possessed items increases, so does the fine and/or jail time. The penalties for illegal possession of a firearm in Louisiana are as follows:

(1)       For a first offense, the penalty shall be imprisonment, with or without hard labor, for not less than one year nor more than five years.

(2)       For second and subsequent offenses, the penalty shall be imprisonment, with or without hard labor, for not less than two years nor more than ten years.

Having a firearm involved severely increases the punishment by giving at least a minimum jail sentence of one year and doesn’t give the option for only paying a fine.

Illegal Possession of Stolen Things Defense Lawyer in Louisiana

Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney and his legal team are here to help you when facing illegal possession charges in Louisiana. If you have been arrested for illegal possession, it is imperative you contact us so that we can begin to help you setup a defense for your case and help you fight for your freedom in court. Mr. Barkemeyer can tailor a defense to your specific case that could potentially lead to a more positive outcome for you and your loved ones.

Contact our Illegal Possession Defense Attorney Carl Barkemeyer, Criminal Defense Attorney to discuss legal representation.

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