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

PRESS RELEASE

On Tuesday July 25, 2107 the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office was scheduled for trial in the matter entitled State versus Jeri Jerome Quinney on various felony charges. On the day of trial, Quinney elected to plead guilty instead. He pled to guilty and received sentences on each of the charges as follows: Domestic Abuse Battery-Strangulation (2 counts), one (1) year at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections on each count; Second Degree Battery (1 count) eight (8) years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections; and Attempted First Degree Feticide (1 count) five (5) years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. All sentences are to run consecutive with each other for a total of fifteen (15) years at hard labor with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Mr. Numa Metoyer, Assistant District Attorney, prosecuted this case.

Press Release on Grand Jury Findings for June 28, 2017

The Rapides Parish District Attorney’s office presented several matters to the Rapides Parish Grand Jury at its meeting on June 28, 2107. As a result, the following indictments were returned: Nicholas Omar West for First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; Eddie Ray Jackson, Jr. for First Degree Murder and Armed Robbery; Audreanna Dshae Cameron for Resisting A Police Officer; Kenderick Ray Norris for First Degree Rape and 3 counts of Cruelty to a Juvenile; Douglas Wayne Ponthieux for Second Degree Murder; and Shalynne Lacomalechie Johnson for Second Degree Murder and Obstruction of Justice

Press Release on Domestic Violence Conviction

State of Louisiana v. Troherro Keith Batiste Criminal Docket Number 330,421 Honorable Monique F. Rauls, Presiding Prosecuted by Numa V. Metoyer, III & Cheryl A. Carter Defendant Troherro Keith Batiste, 32 years old of Alexandria, was found guilty by a jury on 15 June 2017, of the charges of one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder, two counts of Aggravated Second Degree Battery, and one count of Second Degree Battery. His sentencing hearing is scheduled to commence on 14 August. This particular case not only emphasized nuances that are inherent in the psyche of victims of abuse, but also shed light on the plight of the homeless in our area - for both defendant and victim were homeless at the time of this incident. For better than two years, several business owners and civilians in the downtown area witnessed the victim being battered by the defendant, and routinely called the police - only for the victim to refuse to cooperate. Further investigation revealed that there were nine prior reported cases involving the defendant and victim. In this case, in a calculated attempt to mislead authorities, defendant had the victim phone 911 for assistance. Due to the severity of her injuries, however, the 911 operator was not able to understand her; which forced the defendant to speak. Defendant advised that the victim had been assaulted by an unknown female, gave the location of the victim, then promptly fled the scene. As the victim had informed one of the aramedics, as well as the trauma nurse at the emergency room, the identity of her attacker, the police were able to focus their investigation on Troherro Batiste. It should be noted that the injuries inflicted upon the victim by the defendant in this case included a subdural hematoma, a broken clavicle, two black eyes, and multiple contusions and lacerations all over her body. Fortunate for the victim, the attending physician immediately recognized the severity of her brain injury and promptly phoned in a specialist to perform emergency surgery, thus saving her life. At the trial of this matter the victim related to the jury a gruesome tale of domestic violence. She testified that she was unable to remember the current incident because of her traumatic brain injury, however she was able to recall many prior instances of domestic violence meted out upon her by Troherro Batiste: She told of the defendant breaking her finger so many times that her left hand was swollen due to a build-up of calcium deposits. She also recalled being hit in the head many times by the defendant - at least four of which required medical treatment wherein staples were utilized to close the wound. The victim also told the jury that the defendant had broken her jaw on more than one occasion, and had choked her many times. She also was forthcoming in that she told the jury that she had never been cooperative with police, or medical professionals that treated her, because he “loved him.” The State also called to testify several civilian and law enforcement officers to supplement where the victim’s memory was lacking. An all too common occurrence in domestic violence cases, a victim’s reluctance or refusal to cooperate is one reason the State may elect to pursue. As difficult as it may be to understand why someone would remain with an abuser and not be cooperative with police, we, as a society, must not be complacent. There is an old African proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child”, similarly it takes a community effort to stop domestic violence. We must be vigilant in recognizing the signs of domestic violence and be willing to get involved and help those who are unable to help themselves.

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