In Louisiana, those who are facing allegations that they have committed a crime have a great deal to think about. Certain crimes can lead to incarceration, loss of employment and other long-term consequences. When confronted with any kind of criminal charges, having a competent plan for a criminal defense can mean the difference between acquittal and conviction.
Two Louisiana high school teachers are facing numerous felony charges due to a reported sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student. The teachers were arrested after the student was bragging to others about what happened. Police spoke to the student and he gave a similar account to them, leading to the teachers being arrested. Although he said the relationship was consensual, the teachers are still charged with various crimes linked to exploiting children. The teachers, age 32 and 24, had both taught the student.
With any type of crime, the most important factor for the defendant is to have a competent defense. When the charges are sexual in nature and involve someone who is underage, the defendant will become part of the National Sex Offender Registry if there is a conviction. That is something that will follow them around for the rest of their lives. The long-term consequences for a conviction are massive. There is a stigma over crimes that involve allegations that the defendant was exploiting children.
In this incident, two teachers were arrested for an alleged affair with an underage student. Not only do they face the possibility of incarceration, but they could lose their jobs and have this hovering over them no matter where they go and what they do. Because the charges can affect their lives so significantly, it's imperative that they prepare a sound legal defense. For that, they need to discuss the matter with a qualified attorney experienced in criminal defense.
Source: WDSU.com, "Two Destrehan teachers facing felony charges for alleged sexual relationship with student," Juan Sanchez, Oct. 2, 2014