Prosecution


Juvenile


The Juvenile Division handles all matters involving youths from 10 to 16 years old.

Among the cases the division handles are juvenile traffic tickets, Family in Need of Services matters, Child in Need of Care matters, delinquency matters (any matter that would be a crime if the youth were an adult) and juvenile drug court. The Juvenile Division also has a Pretrial Intervention Program which allow offenders who meet certain criteria to avoid appearance in juvenile court by fulfilling certain conditions. The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office, Juvenile Division strives to ...

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Felony


A felony is any crime for which an offender may be sentenced to death or imprisonment at hard labor.

There are currently eight assistant district attorneys assigned to the Felony Division. They prosecute violent and nonviolent cases classified as offenses against the person, offenses against property, offenses affecting the family, offenses affecting public morals, offenses affecting the public generally and offenses affecting organized government. The District Attorney’s Office receives criminal reports of arrest and investigations from law enforcement agencies and decides whether to file formal criminal charges. In some instances, particularly when the crime is punishable ...

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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 ...

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Traffic


The traffic department handles traffic citations issued by Louisiana State Police and the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.

Our office receives around 2,500 tickets a month, or 30,000 tickets a year.

We welcome phone calls and walk-ins. We are here to assist, and understand that everyone makes mistakes.

Through the office’s Pretrial Intervention program, certain traffic violators can keep a moving violation off their driving record by completing the program.

Worthless Check


The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office maintains a Worthless Checks Division to aid merchants in the recovery of monies lost due to receiving worthless checks at their place of business.

When a merchant has received checks which lack sufficient funds or are otherwise non-collectible, they may contact the District Attorney’s Office for help in the collection of this debt. The merchant should bring the improperly issued check and be prepared to fill out various claim forms. Click here to downoad Vendor's form.  The defendant will be arrested and charged with issuing worthless checks. The District Attorney’s Office will work with the defendant to set up a payment schedule ...

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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 ...

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court locations

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

News

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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