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Ricky Ward District Attroney
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY:
 

PROSECUTION OF CRIMINAL CASES:
The first and foremost duty and obligation of the District Attorney's office is that of prosecuting all felony criminal cases in the 18th Judicial District.  Additionally, the District Attorney's office is responsible for prosecuting all misdemeanor violations wherein charges are initiated by the Sheriff's office or the State police, including traffic citations.  In so doing, the District Attorney sets policies and goals of the office and directs the activities of the office, which include the following:

JUVENILE DIVISION:
The Juvenile Division evaluates complaints against juvenile offenders and prosecutes all juveniles charged with criminal acts.   In addition, the division handles abuse and neglect cases where children are themselves the victims.

CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT:
The Child Support Enforcement Division prosecutes parents criminally for failure to meet their financial obligation to support their children. The division collects and distributes monies recouped to certified petitioners and to AFDC.

PRE-TRIAL INTERVENTION:
This program is designed as an alternative to prosecution for first time, non-violent offenders.

POST CONVICTION APPLICATIONS:
Assistant District Attorneys review pardon and parole applications of defendants convicted in Iberville, West Baton Rouge & Pointe Coupee Parishes. If the Assistant District Attorney determines that the request is from an inmate whose release poses a danger to others, the request will be opposed.

VICTIM/WITNESS ASSISTANCE:
The program provides information on the criminal justice process, availability of public or private programs for counseling or treatment and assists the victim/witness in preparation for court proceedings.

WORTHLESS CHECK PROGRAM:
To effectively process and/or prosecute offenders under the Issuing Worthless Checks Law, Louisiana Statute 14:71.

PUBLIC BODIES:
The 18th Judicial District Attorney's office also currently serves as the legal advisor to many public bodies within the three parishes, including, but not limited to the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury, the West Baton Rouge Parish Council, the Iberville Parish School Board, the West Baton Rouge Parish School Board and the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board.

Please click on EMPLOYEES page to access persons handling the above services.

 
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