Common Charges & Procedures
Procedure on approach of an authorized emergency vehicle; passing a parked emergency vehicle:
- When driving on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction as the emergency vehicle, slow to a speed of twenty-five (25) miles per hour until it is save to proceed at the posted speed limit and merge into the lane farthest from the emergency vehicle.
- When driving on a two-lane road, slow to a speed of twenty-five (25) miles per hour or the posted speed, whichever is lower, until it is safe to proceed at the posted speed limit.
Resisting an officer
- Refusal by the arrested party to give his name and make his identity known to the arresting officer or providing false information regarding the identity of the arrested party to the arresting officer.
Certain lights around license plates prohibited
- Except for antique automobiles, the use of neon lights around license plates, or the use of any other lights which obscure the clear view of motor vehicle license plates, for motor vehicles is prohibited.
Entry on or remaining in places or on land after being forbidden
- No person shall without authority go into or upon or remain in or upon or attempt to go into or upon or remain in or upon any structure, watercraft, or any other movable, or immovable property, which belongs to another, including public buildings and structures, ferries, and bridges or any part, portion, or area thereof, after having been forbidden to do so, either orally or in writing, including by mean of any sign hereinafter described, by an owner, lessee, or custodian of the property or by any other authorized person.
- For the purposes of this Section, the above mentioned sign means a sign or signs posted in or in the structure, watercraft, or any other movable, or immovable property, including public buildings and structures, ferries and bridges, or part, portion or area thereof, at a place or places where sign or signs may be reasonably expected to be seen.
- No person shall enter any structure, watercraft, or movable owned by another without express, legal, or implied authorization.
- No person shall enter upon immovable property owned by another without express, legal, or implied authorization.
- No person shall remain in or upon property, movable or immovable, owned by another without express, legal, or implied authorization.
The following persons may enter or remain upon the structure, watercraft, movable, or immovable property of another:
- A duly commissioned law enforcement officer in the performance of his duties
- Any firefighter, whether or not a member of a volunteer or other fire department, and any employee or agent of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry engaged in locating and suppressing a fire
- Emergency medical personnel engaged in the rendering of medical assistance to an individual
- Any federal, state or local government employee, public utility employee or agent engaged in suppressing or dealing with an emergency that presents an imminent danger to human safety or health or to the environment
- Any federal, state or local government employee, public utility employee or agent in the performance of his duties when otherwise authorized by law to enter or remain on immovable or movable property
- Any person authorized by a court of law to enter or remain on immovable property
- Any person exercising the mere right of passage to an enclosed estate, as otherwise provided by law
The following persons may enter or remain upon immovable property of another, unless specifically forbidden to do so by the owner or other person with authority, either orally or in writing:
- A professional land surveyor or his authorized personnel, engaged in the Practice of Land Surveying, as defined in R.S. 37:682
- A person, affiliate, employee, agent or contractor of any business which is regulated by the Louisiana Public Service Commission or by a local franchising authority or the Federal Communication Commission under the Cable Reregulation Act of 1992 or of a municipal or public utility, while acting in the course and scope of his employment or agency relating to the operation, repair, or maintenance of a facility, servitude or any property located on the immovable property which belongs to such a business
- Any person making a delivery, soliciting, selling any product or service, conducting a survey or poll, a real estate licensee or other person who has a legitimate reason for making a delivery, conducting business or communicating with the owner, lessee, custodian or a resident of the immovable property, and who, immediately upon entry, seeks to make the delivery, to conduct business or to conduct communication.
- An employee of the owner, lessee or custodian of the immovable property while performing his duties, functions and responsibilities in the course and scope of his employment.
- The owner of domestic livestock or his employees or agents while in the progress of retrieving his domestic livestock that have escaped from an area fenced to retain such domestic livestock.
- The owner of a domestic animal while in the sole process of merely retrieving his domestic animal from immovable property and not having a firearm or other weapon on his person.
- Any candidate for political office or any person working on behalf of a candidate for a political office
- The owner or occupant of a watercraft or vessel traveling in salt water engaged in any lawful purpose for the purpose of retrieval of his property or for obtaining assistance in an emergency situation.