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How do I check the status of my case, including court dates, steps I need to take and what to expect next?
The DA’s Office is implementing a searchable case management system that allows easy access of much of this information, including key dates such as hearings and other court proceedings. For now, you can check the status of a case by calling 318-473-6650. Bear in mind that the DA’s Office may not have received the case file from the appropriate agency yet.
How do I begin child support proceedings, or get help enforcing a support order?
To speak with someone regarding a case, you can visit the Child Support Enforcement Division located in the District Attorney Annex Building (921 Ninth St., Alexandria) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or call 318-442-9200. For more information, visit the child support section on this site under “Services.”
What's the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
A felony is any crime for which an offender may be sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor. Misdemeanors are any crimes for which the potential penalty is anything less than incarceration.
What constitutes a juvenile?
The Juvenile Division handles all matters involving youths from 10 to 16 years old. In some cases, offenders who meet certain criteria can avoid appearance in juvenile court by fulfilling certain conditions through a Pretrial Intervention Program.
Is it possible to have my arrest or conviction expunged?
Some first-time offenders may be eligible to have their criminal records expunged, or removed from the public record. The Rapides Parish Clerk of Court has information concerning this process on their website at www.rapidesclerk.org.
What support is available for victims of crimes?
The DA’s Office has a comprehensive Victims Assistance Program, designed to keep victims informed and offer support services. Visit the victims assistance section under “Services” for more information.
Courts are on the 4th and 6th floors of the Rapides Parish Courthouse