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.
 

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

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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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