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

Rapides Parish District Attorney Phillip Terrell announces felony convictions. On June 14, 2018, Spencer Joe James Echols stood before Judge Harry F. Randow, Ad Hoc, and pleaded guilty to the offenses of Second Degree Rape and Attempted Murder 2. Echols was sentenced to 30 years at hard labor for the offense of Second Degree Rape, and 15 years at hard labor for the offense of Attempted Murder 2. Both sentences are to be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. In addition, Echols must register as a sex offender for the remainder of his life. Assistant District Attorney John Giordano prosecuted the case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

PRESS RELASE

On May 11, 2018, Judge Harry F. Randow, Ad Hoc, sentenced Kendrick Treman Davis to 20 years at hard labor for the offense of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, to be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence; 20 years at hard labor for the offense of Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS I (Heroin), with the first 10 years to be served without benefit of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence; 10 years at hard labor for the offense of Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS II (Fentanyl); and five years at hard labor for the offense of Negligent Homicide. Davis received the maximum sentences allowed by law for the offenses of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Possession with Intent to Distribute CDS II (Fentanyl), and Negligent Homicide. All sentences are to be served with the Louisiana Department of Corrections. After a request from the mother of the victim in the victim impact statement, the Court also ordered Davis to undergo a substance abuse evaluation while in the custody of the Department of Corrections and receive any necessary treatment programs. Davis pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charges on May 9, 2018. Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Mosley prosecuted this case for the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. This case arose out of the prosecution of Davis in conjunction with an overdose death attributable to Fentanyl.

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.

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