Understanding A Violent Felony Charge

Authored By: Lagniappe Law Lab
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About Understanding A Violent Felony Charge

A violent felony charge is a felony that is classified as a "crime of violence".

The Louisiana criminal code defines a “crime of violence” as an offense that has, as an element, the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the person or property of another, and that, by its very nature, involves a substantial risk that physical force against the person or property of another may be used in the course of committing the offense or an offense that involves the possession or use of a dangerous weapon.

The following enumerated offenses and attempts to commit any of them are included as “crimes of violence”:

  1. Solicitation for murder 
  2. First degree murder 
  3. Second Degree Murder 
  4. Manslaughter 
  5. Aggravated battery
  6. Second degree battery 
  7. Aggravated assault 
  8. Aggravated kidnapping of a child
  9. Aggravated or first degree rape
  10. Forcible or second degree rape
  11. Simple or third degree rape
  12. Sexual battery
  13. Second degree sexual battery 
  14. Intentional exposure to AIDS virus 
  15. Aggravated kidnapping 
  16. Second degree kidnapping
  17. Simple kidnapping
  18. Aggravated arson
  19. Aggravated criminal damage to property 
  20. Aggravated burglary
  21. Armed robbery
  22. First degree robbery 
  23. Simple robbery 
  24. Purse snatching
  25. False imprisonment; offender armed with a dangerous weapon 
  26. Assault by drive-by shooting 
  27. Aggravated crime against nature 
  28. Carjacking 
  29. Molestation of a juvenile or a person with a physical or mental disability 
  30. Terrorism
  31. Aggravated second degree battery 
  32. Aggravated assault upon a peace officer 
  33. Aggravated assault with a firearm
  34. Armed robbery; use of firearm; additional penalty
  35. Second degree robbery
  36. Disarming of a peace officer
  37. Stalking 
  38. Second degree cruelty to juveniles 
  39. Aggravated flight from an officer 
  40. Sexual battery of persons with infirmities 
  41. Battery of a police officer
  42. Trafficking of children for sexual purposes 
  43. Human trafficking
  44. Home invasion
  45. Domestic abuse aggravated assault 
  46. Vehicular homicide, when the operator's blood alcohol concentration exceeds 0.20 percent by weight based on grams of alcohol per one hundred cubic centimeters of blood

  47. Aggravated assault upon a dating partner 

  48. Domestic abuse battery punishable under R.S. 14:35.3(L), (M)(2), (N), (O), or (P)

  49. Battery of a dating partner punishable under R.S. 14:34.9(L), (M)(2), (N), (O), or (P)

  50. Violation of a protective order punishable under R.S. 14:79(C)

  51. Criminal abortion

  52. First degree feticide 

  53. Second degree feticide 

  54. Third degree feticide

  55. Aggravated abortion by dismemberment 

  56. Battery of emergency room personnel, emergency services personnel, or a healthcare professional

  57. Possession of a firearm or carrying of a concealed weapon by a person convicted of certain felonies in violation of R.S. 14:95.1(D)
  58. Distribution of fentanyl or carfentanil punishable under R.S. 40:967(B)(4)(f)
  59. Distribution of heroin punishable under R.S. 40:966(B)(3)(b) 
  60. Simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling when a person is present in the dwelling, house, apartment, or other structure
  61. Illegal use of weapons or dangerous instrumentalities
Last Review and Update: May 10, 2024
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