New Louisiana Laws Go Into Effect: 2 High Profile Criminal Trials Provide Impetus

The 2012 legislative session was an active session with some 900 new laws signed by the Governor. Most notable, are the new criminal statutes including a new statute that prohibits sex offenders from frequenting public libraries during times when children are around; another new law is aimed at curbing food stamp fraud with fines ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 and a mandatory minimum five year jail sentence. Additionally, in response to the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, an adult’s failure to report witnessed sexual abuse is now a crime which carries up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. In response to the high profile case of Casey Anthony, Louisiana now requires that if a child under 13 is missing for 12 hours the authorities should be notified. Likewise, a 13 to 16 year old must be reported missing after no contact with the child for 24 hours. Need a criminal defense attorney in Louisiana? Call DiGiulio Utley, LLC at (504) 524-4080.

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