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....

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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

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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