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New Louisiana crime laws for 2023

On Behalf of | Aug 21, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

Louisiana lawmakers have introduced several new laws for 2023. The goal is to bolster safety and accountability across the state.

These new laws represent a significant step forward in specific areas of concern, such as the fentanyl crisis. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, deaths from the drug are on the rise, from under 200 in 2017 to more than 1,000 in 2021. With the new legislation, there is hope for real change.

Stricter punishments for fentanyl-related offenses

Legislators have taken resolute action to enforce more severe penalties for those found guilty of selling fentanyl or products containing it. The punishment for illegal manufacturing of controlled dangerous substances ranged from five to 15 years in prison, but the changes now make the minimum sentence for a first offense seven years. That can escalate to 10 years for a second offense and life imprisonment for a third offense. Moreover, individuals caught with substantial amounts of fentanyl, exceeding 250 grams, or products containing trace amounts of the drug, will face an obligatory life sentence.

Alteration of status for certain burglary crimes

Another change will designate “simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling” as a violent crime when the incident occurs while a person is present in the home. This significant change aims to acknowledge the profound emotional trauma that such incidents can inflict upon individuals and families.

Crackdown on deepfakes

Legislators have also criminalized the production and possession of deepfakes. Deepfakes are electronic media, including videos and images, that undergo digital manipulation to convincingly appear genuine while being factually fabricated. This legal measure aims to protect individuals and society from the widespread dissemination of falsified content that could lead to misinformation, confusion and even manipulation.

The new Louisiana crime laws for 2023 exemplify the state’s dedication to ensuring the safety, security and well-being of its residents. The state is also paving the way for a more accountable and responsive legal framework. With these newer and harsher penalties, it becomes more important than ever for individuals who are facing potential criminal charges to build a solid case for their defense.