2006 Louisiana Laws - RS 14:107.2 — Hate crimes

§107.2.  Hate crimes

A. It shall be unlawful for any person to select the victim of the following offenses against person and property because of actual or perceived race, age, gender, religion, color, creed, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, or ancestry of that person or the owner or occupant of that property or because of actual or perceived membership or service in, or employment with, an organization: first or second degree murder; manslaughter; battery; aggravated battery; second degree battery; aggravated assault with a firearm; terrorizing; mingling harmful substances; simple, forcible, or aggravated rape; sexual battery, second degree sexual battery; oral sexual battery; carnal knowledge of a juvenile; indecent behavior with juveniles; molestation of a juvenile; simple, second degree, or aggravated kidnapping; simple or aggravated arson; placing combustible materials; communicating of false information of planned arson; simple or aggravated criminal damage to property; contamination of water supplies; simple or aggravated burglary; criminal trespass; simple, first degree, or armed robbery; purse snatching; extortion; theft; desecration of graves; institutional vandalism; or assault by drive-by shooting.

B.  If the underlying offense named in Subsection A of this Section is a misdemeanor, and the victim of the offense listed in Subsection A of this Section is selected in the manner proscribed by that Subsection, the offender may be fined not more than five hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.  This sentence shall run consecutively to the sentence for the underlying offense.

C.  If the underlying offense named in Subsection A of this Section is a felony, and the victim of the offense listed in Subsection A of this Section is selected in the manner proscribed by that Subsection, the offender may be fined not more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned with or without hard labor for not more than five years, or both.  This sentence shall run consecutively to the sentence for the underlying offense.

D.  "Organization", as used in this Section, means all of the following:

(1)  Any lawful corporation, trust, company, partnership, association, foundation, or fund.

(2)  Any lawful group of persons, whether or not incorporated, banded together for joint action on any subject or subjects.

(3)  Any entity or unit of federal, state, or local government.

Acts 1997, No. 1479, §2, eff. July 15, 1997; Acts 2001, No. 301, §1; Acts 2004, No. 676, §1.


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