Ever heard someone (usually immediately after being caught doing something illegal or irresponsible) ask “Do you know who I am?”
Jamie Louviere of Galliano in Lafourche Parish has used the phrase—or more specifically, “Do you who my daddy is?”—as a get out of jail free card.
Over the past decade, Louviere has been arrested on numerous charges, including simple-battery-resisting-arrest, disturbing the peace, possession of a controlled substance (Hydrocodone, marijuana), drunk and disorderly, theft, criminal damage to property, simple battery, simple-assault-on-a-school-teacher, battery on a police officer (on more than one occasion), domestic abuse and even one charge of aggravated sexual battery by committing sodomy on a sleeping male with salt, a beer bottle and the handle of a hair brush.
With each encounter, she quickly invoked the name of her father, Chet Louviere who, depending on the date of her daughter’s arrest, was the current or former Golden Meadow chief of police and who is currently a candidate for the Golden Meadow town council.
And with each encounter, she has managed to get off with little or no punishment.
Confusing matters even more is the fact that one of her arrests was for domestic violence against her boyfriend, a resident of Galliano in Lafourche Parish but somehow a member of the Grand Isle town council in Jefferson Parish.
Her first arrest was for possession of Hydrocodone in November 2006. She was sentenced to five years imprisonment (suspended) and three years’ supervised probation (Nov. 3, 2006 to Nov. 3, 2009). While on supervised probation, she served 28 days for violation of her probation after pleading guilty to second degree sexual battery. Again, she received a suspended sentence and was (again) placed on supervised probation from April 18, 2008, to April 18, 2011.
She was placed on unsupervised probation on June 10, 2014, and on Aug. 26, 2016, she pleaded guilty to simple assault on a school teacher.
And while the state’s jails and prisons are overflowing with prisoners guilty of nothing more than being caught with a few joints, when Jamie Louviere, after all her arrests for physical violence, was busted for possession of marijuana, she managed to get off with simple community service.
Normally, such programs are offered to first-time offenders as an opportunity to avoid jail time, not to those who habitually physically attack or threaten boyfriends, cops and school teachers. Such pre-trial intervention programs are offered to discourage future criminal activity or disorderly behavior.
To be eligible for participation in the program, a defendant must be a first-time, non-violent offender. Participants are selected following a review of pending charges by the district attorney’s staff.
It also is considered as an educational and rehabilitative program though Louviere doesn’t seem to have learned very much or to have been rehabilitated.
While awaiting a recent court appearance, her Facebook messages seemed to indicate she was more interested in a “ Jägerbomb” party than with the trial itself.
Nice to have the priorities in order. Especially so long as we know who her daddy is.