2018 Louisiana Laws
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:436.1 - Photographs of objects of theft; affidavit of value and ownership; notice to defendant
§436.1. Photographs of objects of theft; affidavit of value and ownership; notice to defendant
A. A photograph of property alleged to be the object of a theft, otherwise admissible, may be admitted as evidence without regard to the availability of the property itself.
B. An affidavit of the value and ownership of property which is alleged to be the object of a theft shall be admissible in evidence under the following circumstances:
(1) The affidavit shall be upon personal knowledge and shall state the basis for such knowledge;
(2) The affidavit shall be paraphed for identification with the photograph taken pursuant to Subsection A, and
(3) The state shall give written notice of its intent to introduce the affidavit, along with a copy of the affidavit and photograph, not less than ten days prior to commencement of the trial.
C. An affidavit admitted pursuant to Subsection B shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the value and ownership of the property alleged to be the object of a theft. Provided, however, that if the defendant files a written objection to the admission of the affidavit within three days prior to the commencement of trial, the affidavit shall not be admissible and shall not be deemed to be prima facie evidence of the value and ownership of the property.
Added by Acts 1978, No. 243, §1.