There are many different crimes that are punishable under the law, but sex crimes are undoubtedly among the most well-known and serious. In fact, some might argue that the only crime that holds a more serious stigma in society than sex crimes such as rape is murder. Some may even feel that rape is more serious than murder. Louisiana law agrees that the two are on the same level, as the punishments for both can be equally severe.
Louisiana is one of the many states that still allows the death penalty (also called capital punishment) for certain crimes. Among these crimes are many sexual offenses, including: forcible rape, murder committed during aggravated rape and offenses against victims below 12 years of age or greater than 65 years of age. This means that even if you are accused of sexual assault or a sex crime other than forcible rape, you could still face the death penalty depending on the age or the victim.
You should always take sex crime accusations seriously, but you should take them even more seriously if any of the above mentioned circumstances apply. Such a case will literally be a matter of life and death, and your legal defense could be the difference.
If you are facing allegations of any kind of sex crime, but especially a sex crime of forcible rape or sexual assault of a person younger than 12 or older than 65, then it is in your best interests to consult an attorney immediately. The sooner you begin building a case for your legal defense, the stronger your defense will be if the case goes to trial. This can prevent you from being wrongfully accused and, more importantly, suffering the legal consequences of a crime you didn’t commit.