Services


Expungement


Some first-time offenders may be eligible to have their criminal records expunged, or removed from the public record. This applies to both misdemeanor and felony arrests and, in some cases, convictions. The Rapides Parish Clerk of Court has information concerning this process on their website at www.rapidesclerk.org.

Victims Assistance


The Victims Assistance 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.

Within 30 days, victims are contacted by a prosecutor, and kept informed throughout the case. Victims are informed of their rights, including the right to make a statement at sentencing and seek reparations. Staff answers any questions victims have about the judicial system and prepares them for what to expect in court. For those who need it, the program provides counseling referrals and assistance acquiring services such as food, medical care and shelter. If victims miss work ...

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Child Support


The District Attorney’s office enforces child support orders of the Civil District Court and the Juvenile Court in Rapides Parish through its Child Support Enforcement Division.

The DA’s office and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services perform support services through a cooperative endeavor agreement. Services are available for applicants who receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC); IV-E cases (foster care cases in which the child received or may have been eligible for AFDC when they were judicially removed from the home); and Medicaid (non-IV-E and non-AFDC cases). The same services are also available with a $25 fee to applicants ...

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Meet Your District
Attorney

PHILLIP TERRELL


You could say Phillip Terrell grew up in the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office. Terrell’s father, Jesse “Pete” Terrell, was

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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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