PROSECUTION


Felony


A felony is any crime for which an offender may be sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor.

There are currently eight assistant district attorneys assigned to the Felony Division. They prosecute violent and nonviolent cases classified as offenses against the person, offenses against property, offenses affecting the family, offenses affecting public morals, offenses affecting the public generally and offenses affecting organized government.

The District Attorney’s Office receives criminal reports of arrest and investigations from law enforcement agencies and decides whether to file formal criminal charges. In some instances, particularly when the crime is punishable by death or life in prison or when more information is required to decide the appropriate charge, the case will be assigned to a grand jury.

Cases are moved through the system with the intent to reach resolution as expeditiously as possible, while safeguarding the constitutional rights of the defendants.

Many cases are resolved without trial by agreement between the defendant and the District Attorney’s Office, but only when the interests of the state and identified victims are best served by such an agreement.

court locations

Courts are on the 4th and 6th floors of the Rapides Parish Courthouse

News

Donuts and DAs

The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office will be having "Donuts and DAs" this week from Monday October 9 through Friday October 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the new Joey Giordano Special Victim's Division on the corner of 5th and Washington. There will be an Assistant District Attorney at the new location for the victims to talk with about their concerns during these times. Please join us.

PRESS RELEASE

With the latest disbursements, Phillip Terrell, Rapides Parish District Attorney, is pleased to announce that from January 1, 2017 to date, the Asset Forfeiture Division of the Rapides Parish District Attorney's office disbursed, to various agencies, the following amounts: Alexandria Police Department $13,163.99 Rapides Sheriff’s Office $18,211.50 Rapides Criminal Court Fund $24,545.90 LA State Police $42,262.20 District Attorney’s Office $23,281.04 Total Disbursements $121,464.63 Disbursements occur throughout the year as assets are seized as a result of criminal activity and forfeited through the court system.

PRESS RELEASE

The DA’s office has established a child support obligation on behalf of 24,414 children (this number is totaling 2015, 2016, and 2017). This fiscal year, IV-D reached the highest percentage in the Obligation category, ever, for the Rapides District Attorney’s Office. Our percentage for federal fiscal year 2017 is 89.68%. This percentage reflects the number of cases opened at the end of the period versus the number of case where child support has been established at the end of the period, i.e. we have established child support in 89.68% of our cases. In comparison, the state average is 87.25%. The DA’s office has established paternity on behalf of 21,025 children (this number is totaling 15, 16, and 17). The fiscal year, IV-D reached the highest percentage in the Paternity category, ever, for the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office. Our percentage for federal fiscal year 2017 is 97.29%. This percentage reflects the number of cases opened at the end of the period versus the number of cases where paternity has been established at the end of the period, i.e. we have established paternity in 97.29% of our cases. In comparison, the state average is 95.65%. The DA’s office, in conjunction with the Department of Children and Family Services has helped to collect $6,879,235.53 in child support arrears since January of 2015. In contempt court held on September 18, 2017 before Judge Davidson, the DA’s office collected $43,224.70 in child support arrears from one non-custodial parent.

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