PROSECUTION


Misdemeanor


In many, if not most, cases an individual's first and only brush with the criminal justice system will involve a misdemeanor offense.

Misdemeanors are any crimes for which the potential penalty is anything less than incarceration in a state operated correctional facility.

Misdemeanor offenses cover a wide range of crimes, from shoplifting to assault to public disturbances to minor property crimes. The most common and most serious misdemeanor offenses involve impaired driving and domestic violence.

It is the mission of the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office, Misdemeanor Division to carefully weigh the particular needs and circumstances of the individual in fashioning an appropriate remedy for an offender’s misconduct, while always being mindful of the absolute and paramount requirement of public safety.

court locations

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

News

National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, with the theme “Expand the Circle: Reach All Victims.” Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell and his office were proud sponsors of the Fifth Annual Victims Rights Parade held Saturday, April 7, 2018. As part of the commemoration of this year’s Victims’ Rights Week, our own Assistant District Attorney Numa V. Metoyer, III was a speaker at the event. The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office is committed to providing services and support to all crime victims through our Victim Assistance Program. This program is designed to assist victims and families through the justice process by providing information, answering questions and helping with problems arising as a result of the crime. The leaders of our Victim Assistance Program are Melanie Millet and Clifford Gaitlin.

PRESS RELEASE

The Rapides Parish Grand Jury met on February 27, 2018. District Attorney Phillip Terrell reports the following individuals were indicted as follows: Donterio Wesley Wilson for the charges of First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; Kevin Demarcus Thompson for the charges of First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; and Fredrick Dewayne Sanders for the charges of First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery This report was submitted to the Honorable Thomas M. Yeager, Judge, Ninth Judicial District, Parish of Rapides.

PRESS RELEASE

On January 30, 2018, the Grand Jury was duly selected and empaneled for the Parish of Rapides. Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell and his staff presented several cases for consideration. As a result, the Grand Jury returned true bills charging the following persons: State V. Juantavies Delyon White - First Degree Rape; State V. Richard Scott Dauzart a/k/a Robert Edward Doherty - First Degree Rape, Sexual Battery (Two Counts), Domestic Abuse Battery - Strangulation (Nine Counts), and Domestic Abuse Battery (Five Counts); State V. Cecil Earl Phillip, Jr. - First Degree Rape, Sexual Battery, Domestic Abuse Battery-Strangulation (Three Counts), Obstruction of Justice, Second Degree Battery, Domestic Abuse Aggravated Assault, Violation of a Protective Order (Nine Counts), and False Imprisonment. Judge Thomas M. Yeager received and accepted the report from the Grand Jury.

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