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Rs 14:327 Obstructing A Fireman

§327. Obstructing a fireman

A.(1) It shall be unlawful for any person intentionally to obstruct any fireman while

in the performance of his official duties. Obstructing a fireman is hereby defined as

intentionally hindering, delaying, hampering, interfering with, or impeding the progress of

any regularly employed member of a fire department of any municipality, parish, or fire

protection district of the state of Louisiana, or any volunteer fireman of the state of Louisiana

while in the performance of his official duties; or cursing, reviling, or using any opprobrious

language directed at any such fireman while in the performance of his official duties.

(2) For the purposes of this Section, "fireman" shall include all persons defined as

"emergency medical services personnel" by R.S. 40:1075.3, all persons defined as

"emergency medical services personnel" by R.S. 40:1131, and any firefighter regularly

employed by a fire department of any municipality, parish, or fire protection district of the

state of Louisiana, or any volunteer fireman of the state of Louisiana.

B. Whoever commits the crime of obstructing a fireman shall be punished as

follows:

(1) If the act constituting the offense is equivalent to manslaughter or attempted

murder as those crimes are defined in the Louisiana Criminal Code, he shall be imprisoned

at hard labor for not less than ten nor more than thirty-five years.

(2) If the act constituting the offense is equivalent to aggravated battery as that crime

is defined in the Louisiana Criminal Code, he shall be imprisoned with or without hard labor

for not less than five years nor more than twenty years.

(3) If the act constituting the offense is equivalent to simple battery, aggravated

assault, or false imprisonment, as those crimes are defined in the Louisiana Criminal Code,

he shall be fined not less than one thousand dollars nor more than five thousand dollars or

imprisoned for not less than two years nor more than ten years, or both.

(4) If the act constituting the offense is equivalent to simple assault as that crime is

defined in the Louisiana Criminal Code, he shall be fined not less than one thousand dollars

nor more than five thousand dollars or imprisoned for not less than one year nor more than

five years, or both.

(5) In all other cases, he shall be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more

than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for not less than six months nor more than five

years, or both.

C. Whoever attempts to commit the crime of obstructing a fireman shall be fined not

less than two-thirds of the minimum fine nor more than two-thirds of the maximum fine

provided in Subsection B of this Section or imprisoned for not less than two-thirds of the

minimum term nor more than two-thirds of the maximum term as provided in Subsection B

of this Section, or both. For the purposes of this Subsection, an attempt shall be defined as

provided in R.S. 14:27.

D. The penalties provided in this section for the crime of obstructing a fireman shall

be in addition to any other penalties provided by existing law.

Acts 1968, No. 183, §§1 to 4; Acts 2005, No. 29, §1; Acts 2014, No. 664, §1.

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Louisiana
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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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