Like any state (I assume), Louisiana has its share of odd crimes. I was doing a research project recently and I came across a few that I thought were too good not to share.
Theft of crawfish and theft of alligators: Sadly (for the sake of this article at least), these statutes were repealed last year.
Unauthorized possession of anhydrous ammonia (LSA-R.S. 14:67.19.1): Punishable by 0-2 years with or without hard labor. I have no idea what anhydrous ammonia is or why anybody would possess it. I might even be in possession of it, for all I know.
Unlawful production, manufacture, distribution or possession of fraudulent postsecondary education degree (LSA-R.S. 14:72.5): Misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in the parish prison. Too bad it doesn't cover Tulane Law School basically stealing money from me.
Human-animal hybrids (LSA-R.S. 14:89.6): Creation of a human-animal hybrid is punishable by up to 10 years at hard labor. Dr. Moreau, you've been put on notice.
Unlawful placement of gold fillings, caps, and crowns; minors. (LSA-R.S. 14:93.2.2): Punishable by fine only. Looks like you have to wait until you're 18 to get grillz in Louisiana. Who knew?
Bear wrestling (LSA-R.S. 14:102.10): Misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in the parish prison.
Cockfighting (LSA-R.S. 14:102.23): Misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in the parish prison for a first offense and a felony thereafter. What's amazing here is that cockfighting was legal in Louisiana until 2008. We were the last state in the country to criminalize it.
Filing a false lien against a law enforcement officer, court officer, state officer, or state employee (LSA-R.S. 14:133.6): Punishable by 0-2 years with or without hard labor. Who knew this was a problem? I suspect this was the “pet project” of some North Louisiana legislator.
Operas, performance or representation without consent of owner prohibited(LSA-R.S. 14:208): Punishable by up to 30 days in the parish prison. Looks like I'll have to cancel my pop-up production of Carmen.
Sale of minor children and other prohibited activities; penalties (LSA-R.S. 14:286): Punishable by 0-10 years with or without hard labor. My two daughters often drive me crazy. I guess this means I can't sell them to the highest bidder, though.
Telegrams, divulging or obtaining knowledge of contents prohibited (LSA-R.S. 14:320): Punishable by up to four months in the parish prison. What's amazing to me is that this became law in 2014. Is it even still possible to send a telegram?
Abandoning or discarding ice boxes or other air tight containers (LSA-R.S. 14:324): Punishable by up to six months in the parish prison. Sometimes the stupidity of these laws astounds me. I don't know what else to say.
If you happen to be busted for one of these crimes, or any other crime for that matter, call the Law Office of Alex Kriksciun today!