Tyler, TX asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Louisiana

Q: My 13 yr old jumped off someone's dock twice then noticed the no trespassing sign and stopped

The owners live out of state and didn't witness what happened at this public lake and are pressing charges. Can this really happen in Louisiana?

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Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Can your 13 year old be issued a citation for trespassing? Yes, this can happen, however, for his to be found "guilty" the prosecution will have to provide its case beyond a reasonable doubt. I would recommend that you hire (or at lease consult with) a criminal defense attorney (and one who has experience in juvenile court) would be even better----after consultation, a decision as to how to proceed can then be made.

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