PROSECUTION


Pretrial Intervention


While some offenders pose a risk to citizens, in certain cases the community is best served by giving a nonviolent offender an opportunity to avoid conviction and incarceration. That second chance comes through the Pretrial Intervention Program.

Eligible defendants have an opportunity to enroll in and complete the program as an alternative to being charge and adjudicated. Participation is voluntary and not conditioned on pleading guilty.

When a defendant enters the program, they sign an agreement tailored to them and their situation. The agreements feature achievable goals and are structured to help the defendant avoid behavior likely to lead to future arrests. Conditions may include restitution and community service.

Upon successful completion of the program the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office will dismiss the charges against the defendant. However, if the defendant is charged with driving while intoxicated, the law requires the District Attorney to maintain an arrest record and all records concerning the placement into the Pretrial Intervention Program for a period of five years from the date of the arrest.

Pursuant to the agreement signed by the defendant, the defendant will not file a motion or rule to expunge the arrest or investigative file until the defendant is notified in writing that they have completed both the active and inactive phases of the Pretrial Intervention Program.

As a general rule, information gathered in the course of the Pretrial Intervention Program process is considered confidential. The information gathered in the course of the program application or participation should not be admissible as evidence in the case for which the defendant was charged, or in any subsequent civil, criminal or administrative proceeding.
 

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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