Jefferson Davis Parish Criminal Court

Jefferson Davis Parish Criminal Court handles all criminal cases that are filed in Jefferson Davis Parish. See below for more information about criminal cases in Jefferson Davis Parish.

If guilty, who sentences the defendant?

If the defendant is found guilty after the trial, the defendent will be sentenced. In some cases, this can occur at the same hearing the defendant is found guilty in court, in other cases a separate hearing will be required. Often the prosecution will request a particular sentence for the defendant and the judge will determine whether to enforce this sentence or impose a different sentence for the defendant.

Mandatory Appearances in Jefferson Davis Parish Criminal Court

At a mandatory or required court appearance in Jefferson Davis Parish, the defendant must appear before the court. In the event of a “Failure to Appear” the judge may issue a warrant for the arrest of the defendant. Note: not all criminal hearings are mandatory, in a non-mandatory hearing an attorney may appear on your behalf without you being in court.

Jefferson Davis Parish Criminal Court

Jefferson Davis Parish Criminal Court

Jury Deliberations in Jefferson Davis Parish

In Jefferson Davis Parish, jury deliberations will take place in a jury trial after the prosecution and defense have presented their cases and rested. At this point, the judge will provide a list of instructions to the jury about what they are allowed and not allowed to do and what verdict options are available for them to decide. The jury will be sent to a private room to discuss the evidence presented in the case and attempt to reach a unaminous decision. When a unaminous decision is reached, the jury will inform the judge that they have reached a verdict and will return to the courtroom for the verdict to be read allowed. In the event that the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict, the jury results in a deadlock and a mistrial is declared.

Arraignments in Jefferson Davis Parish

During an arraignment in Jefferson Davis Parish, a defendant appears before the court and the judge reads the charges that have been filed against the accused and also informs the defendant of his/her rights. During the arraignment in Jefferson Davis Parish, the defendant can choose to plead one of the following 1) Guilty 2) Not Guilty or 3) No Contest. If the defendant enters a plea of Not Guilty, a date for trial is set. In the event of a Guilty or No Contest Plea in Jefferson Davis Parish the defendant may be sentenced at that time or the sentencing may take place at a later date.

Prosecutor in Jefferson Davis Parish

In Jefferson Davis Parish, the prosecutor is an attorney representing Jefferson Davis Parish. In some cases, the prosecutor may actually represent Louisiana. For the most part, the prosecutor in Jefferson Davis Parish has discretion to both decide whether to file charges and also negotiate a potential plea deal with the defendant.

Burden of Proof Requirement

In a criminal case in the United States, the burden of proof always requires the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty. This is a high threshold that must be met by the prosecution when presenting evidence in a case. If the prosecution fails in it’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt the judge must find the defendant not guilty. In a jury trial, the judge will inform the jury what this burden is and their obligation to find the defendant not guilty if they feel the prosecution did prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

I need help for my Jefferson Davis Parish criminal case

The best place to get information about your criminal case is from an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, the court will appoint one to represent you which will assist in your case. For general information about your case the Jefferson Davis Parish court clerk is able to provide general information about your specific case (e.g. date/time hearings, mandatory appearance, what will take place and what you will be required to do). The court clerk for Jefferson Davis Parish will NOT be able to provide legal advice for your case, only an attorney can provide legal advice. The court clerk can provide legal information (like the information found on this website) about your case but cannot provide advice about what you should do in your legal manner.

Appealing a Criminal Conviciton

A defendant may appeal a criminal conviction to an appellate court. In an appeal, the actual trial is not redone, but the appellate court hears arguments that the criminal case was not handled in a legal manner at the original criminal court. The appellate court can either uphold the conviction, or determine that errors were made and may request a retrial, a resentencing of the defendant or that the charges be dismissed.

Where will Jefferson Davis Parish criminal case hearings take place?

Criminal cases will take place at the criminal courts of Jefferson Davis Parish. See here for the location of the criminal courts in Jefferson Davis Parish.

The Right to Counsel

The Fifth and Sixth Amendments to the U.s. Constitution give defendants in criminal cases the right to counsel/attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be appointed to represent you. Like other rights a defendant has, this one can be waived as well and alternatively you can choose to represent yourself.

What is a Plea Agreement?

A plea agreement is a deal made between the prosecution and the defendant in a case, where the defendant agrees to plea guilty to a particular charge in exchange for some concession from the prosecutor. In practice, more than 90% of criminal cases end with a plea agreement.

Jury by Trial Right

The US Constitution (Article 3 along with the 6th Amendment) ensures an accused defendant the right to a jury trial. This applies to crimes that have a $500 fine or a potential sentence of six months in jail (aka Serious Crimes). This right to trial by jury can also be waived by a defendant.

Jefferson Davis Parish Criminal Court Locations

  • Jefferson Davis 31st Judicial District Court

    Address: 300 North State Street, Room 106, PO Box 799, Jennings LA 70546
    Phone: 337-824-8340 Fax: 337-834-1354

  • Jennings City Court

    Address: 210 South State Street, PO Box 609, Jennings LA 70546
    Phone: 337-821-5514 Fax: 337-821-5539

  • Justice of the Peace Ward 1

    Address: 413 Kellogg Avenue, Lake Arthur LA 70549
    Phone: 337-774-5263

  • Justice of the Peace Ward 2

    Address: 309 Johnson Street, Elton LA 70532
    Phone: 337-584-2421

  • Justice of the Peace Ward 3

    Address: PO Box 125, Iowa LA 70647
    Phone: 337-582-6177

  • Justice of the Peace Ward 4

    Address: 609 Beaufort Street, Welsh LA 70591
    Phone: 337-734-2356

  • Justice of the Peace Ward 5

    Address: 4406 Pine Island Hwy, Jennings LA 70546
    Phone: 337-370-6095

  • Justice of the Peace Ward 6

    Address: 21503 Pinehill Cemetery Road, Iowa LA 70647
    Phone: 337-582-3170

  • Elton Mayor’s Court

    Address: 1302 Main Street, PO Box 27, Elton LA 70532
    Phone: 337-584-2992 Fax: 337-584-3215

  • Fenton Mayor’s Court

    Address: 712 3rd Avenue, PO Box 310, Fenton LA 70640
    Phone: 337-756-2321 Fax: 337-756-2242

  • Lake Arthur Mayor’s Court

    Address: 102 Arthur Avenue, PO Drawer AK, Lake Arthur LA 70549
    Phone: 337-774-2211 Fax: 337-774-3387

  • Welsh Mayor’s Court

    Address: 201 South Elms Street, PO Box 786, Welsh LA 70591
    Phone: 337-734-2231 Fax: 337-734-4001

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