In Louisiana, a burglary is committed when you enter a building or residence without permission for the purpose of committing a crime therein. Ordinarily, we think of a burglary as when someone breaks into a store at night to steal something. But suppose you get mad at your neighbor, bust into his house without permission and punch him in the nose. You may believe that you have only committed the relatively minor crimes of trespassing and simple battery. In fact, your actions fit the definition of burglary, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 12 years in prison so think before you act.

Revenge Porn

A relatively new criminal law on the books in Louisiana is what is known as “Revenge Porn” this crime often takes place after a couple breaks up. Imagine the situation where a happy couple decides to play around with their smart phones and, with permission take naked pictures or videos. As long as both people are consenting adults, no laws have been broken. But suppose the couple has a nasty breakup and one of the people decide to post those pictures on the internet, without the permission of the other person. This is known as “Revenge Porn,” and it is a felony that could result in a prison sentence.

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