2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:539.1 - Forfeited property related to certain sex crimes; exempt property; allocation of forfeited property

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:539.1 (2018)

§539.1. Forfeited property related to certain sex crimes; exempt property; allocation of forfeited property

            A. When personal property is forfeited under the provisions of R.S. 14:40.3 (cyberstalking), R.S. 14:46.2 (human trafficking), R.S. 14:46.3 (trafficking of children for sexual purposes), R.S. 14:80 (felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile), R.S. 14:81 (indecent behavior with juveniles), R.S. 14:81.1 (pornography involving juveniles), R.S. 14:81.2 (molestation of a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability), R.S. 14:81.3 (computer-aided solicitation of a minor), R.S. 14:82.1 (prostitution; persons under eighteen; additional offenses), R.S. 14:83 (soliciting for prostitutes), R.S. 14:83.1 (inciting prostitution), R.S. 14:83.2 (promoting prostitution), R.S. 14:84 (pandering), R.S. 14:85 (letting premises for prostitution), R.S. 14:86 (enticing persons into prostitution), R.S. 14:104 (keeping a disorderly place), R.S. 14:105 (letting a disorderly place), and R.S. 14:282 (operation of places of prostitution; prohibited; penalty), the district attorney shall authorize a public sale or a public auction conducted by a licensed auctioneer, without appraisal, of that which is not required by law to be destroyed and which is not harmful to the public. Any currency, instruments, or securities forfeited shall be distributed or disposed of as provided in this Section.

            B.(1) The personal property shall be exempt from sale and the currency, instruments, or securities shall be exempt from distribution or disposition if it was stolen or if the possessor of the property was not the owner and the owner did not know that the personal property was being used in the commission of the crime. If this exemption is applicable, the personal property shall not be released until such time as all applicable fees related to its seizure and storage are paid. An internet service provider shall not be required to pay seizure or storage fees to secure the release of equipment leased to an offender.

            (2) Property subject to forfeiture pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be exempt from forfeiture when a spouse, co-owner, or interest holder in the property establishes by sworn affidavit executed before a notary public the following:

            (a) That he had no knowledge of the commission of the criminal conduct and could not have reasonably known of the conduct.

            (b) That he did not consent to the use of property in the commission of the criminal conduct.

            (c) That he owns an interest in the property otherwise subject to forfeiture.

            (3) The property of an internet service provider shall be exempt from forfeiture.

            (4) Intentionally falsifying information required by the provisions of Paragraph (2) of this Subsection shall subject the affiant to prosecution under the provisions of R.S. 14:125.

            C. In addition, the personal property shall be exempt from sale and the currency, instruments, or securities shall be exempt from distribution or disposition if it is subject to a lien recorded prior to the date of the offense and if the applicable fees related to the property's seizure and storage are paid by a valid lien holder.

            D. The proceeds of the public sale or public auction shall pay the costs of the public sale or public auction, court costs, and fees related to the seizure and storage of the personal property. Any proceeds remaining shall be distributed by the district attorney in the following manner:

            (1) Sixty percent to the seizing agency or agencies in an equitable manner.

            (2) Twenty percent to the prosecuting agency.

            (3) Twenty percent to the criminal court fund of the parish in which the offender was prosecuted.

            E. Notwithstanding Subsection D of this Section, when the currency, instruments, securities, or other property is forfeited pursuant to the provisions of R.S. 14:46.2 (human trafficking), R.S. 14:46.3 (trafficking of children for sexual purposes), R.S. 14:81.1 (pornography involving juveniles), R.S. 14:81.3 (computer-aided solicitation of a minor), R.S. 14:82.1 (prostitution; persons under eighteen; additional offenses), R.S. 14:83 (soliciting for prostitutes), R.S. 14:83.1 (inciting prostitution), R.S. 14:83.2 (promoting prostitution), R.S. 14:84 (pandering), R.S. 14:85 (letting premises for prostitution), R.S. 14:86 (enticing persons into prostitution), R.S. 14:104 (keeping a disorderly place), R.S. 14:105 (letting a disorderly place), and R.S. 14:282 (operation of places of prostitution), the currency, instruments, and securities and proceeds of the public sale or public auction shall be applied first to any restitution granted to the victim, after the costs of the public sale or auction, court costs, and fees related to seizure and storage have been satisfied. Any remaining currency, instruments, securities, or proceeds shall be distributed in the following manner:

            (1) Twenty-five percent to the seizing agency or agencies allocated among the seizing agencies in proportion to their participation in the management of the investigation, seizure, and forfeiture.

            (2) Twenty-five percent to the prosecuting agency.

            (3) Fifty percent to the Exploited Children's Special Fund pursuant to R.S. 15:539.2.

            Acts 2010, No. 763, §2; Acts 2011, No. 67, §3; Acts 2013, No. 429, §1, eff. June 24, 2013; Acts 2014, No. 564, §2; Acts 2017, No. 180, §2, eff. June 12, 2017.

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