Louisiana sports fans may recall the career of Darren Sharper, who was a former safety for the Saints. Sharper, now 39 years of age, is making current headlines over multiple sex crimes charges, some of which originate in Louisiana. He is expected to plead guilty to some of those charges in a plea arrangement. The matter is complicated due to the fact that the charges against Sharper include four different states, as well as drug distribution charges at the federal level.
Many Louisiana residents fear the repercussions that could follow a rape or sexual assault allegation against them. If you are facing allegations or are under investigation for a sex crime, you may expect to be sentenced to prison or to face other penalties that could damage your reputation, your career and your family life.
A Louisiana man who once resided in Pineville was charged with over 500 counts of sex crimes in 2013. As part of a plea agreement, he entered a guilty plea to 12 of those specific sex crimes. As a result of his guilty plea and the terms of his plea bargain, he will now spend a significant amount of time in jail. He was officially sentenced to nine 35 year terms and three 20 year terms in prison and could be eligible to be paroled at age 72.
A Louisiana man has been arrested on multiple charges of committing sex crimes. The man has been accused of committing those sex crimes against minors. Allegedly, he participated in the production of child pornography, solicited minors through the internet and committed indecent behavior with juveniles.
Louisiana residents who are accused of crimes in another state could be extradited to that state to face the charges. Similarly, if a person is pulled over for a minor traffic offense in another state, and police discover that he or she is wanted for sex crimes in Louisiana, then the individual may be extradited back to Louisiana. This is precisely what could happen to a former NFL player who is facing rape accusations in two states.
If an individual is charged with a sex crime, a range of emotions may flood the individual and the community. Local residents may feel violated and enraged, wanting the accused person to be brought to justice. Meanwhile, the accused person may feel anxious about the outcome of the case and seek to legally defend his or her rights. In the situation of sex crime charges, the state of Louisiana carries the burden to prove that the individual truly did engage in the illegal acts that resulted in the charges.
No Louisiana resident ever expects to be arrested and accused of sex crimes. Nevertheless, sex crimes accusations can happen to anyone, regardless of whether they are guilty. Such accusations can arise many years after the alleged event is said to have occurred. Also, a previous conviction could be overturned by a higher court for any number of reasons, and the individual could face re-indictment and retrial for the same accusations.
When it comes to sexual offenses, the justice system is very strict. One Louisiana man understands just how much so, as he recently completed a 21-year prison term for sex crimes he committed many years ago. Unfortunately, he is now back on the radar of the criminal justice system after a 10-year-old girl alleged that he attempted to sexually assault her.
Compulsive sexual offenses can keep an individual incarcerated for lengthy periods depending on the frequency, severity and circumstances of the situation. The first thing that criminal defense counsel must do is determine whether the sex crime charges are correct and supported by substantial evidence. In Louisiana as in any other state this requires an intensive review of the facts with the accused. If a viable defense exists, then counsel will prepare for a trial or in some instances, file the appropriate motion to dismiss based on a legal infirmity that prohibits the prosecution.