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

PRESS RELEASE FROM RAPIDES PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Frank John Selas entered a plea of guilty to one (1) count of Indecent Behavior With a Juvenile and received a sentence of five (5) years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections, with credit for time served since the date of his arrest on January 25, 2016. After several meetings and conversations with the victim in this matter, it was determined that due to the sensitive nature of this case it was in the best interest of the victim and his family to bring this matter to a conclusion in a manner that would avoid putting the victim and his family through a public trial which would have been covered by countless media outlets. The victim was always the primary concern of the District Attorney’s Office, and it is the desire of the District Attorney’s Office to allow the victim and his family to maintain as much anonymity and privacy as possible without having to repeat the details of this incident in the public setting of a courtroom. The District Attorney’s Office would like to commend the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, the United States Marshal’s Service, and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for all of their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of this case.

PRESS RELEASE

Akeely Blade Jr. was found guilty today by a 12 member Jury on All Counts, 1st Degree Murder, Conspiracy to commit 2nd Degree Robbery and 2nd Degree Robbery.

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.

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