St. Landry Parish Criminal Court

St. Landry Parish Criminal Court hears all criminal cases in St. Landry Parish. Below you will find specific information about criminal cases and how they are handled in St. Landry Parish.

St. Landry Parish Prosecutor

For criminal cases in St. Landry Parish, the prosecutor will be a representative of St. Landry Parish. The St. Landry Parish prosecutor reviews all evidence and ultimately decides whether to file or dismiss charges in the case. Most of the time, the prosecutor has leeway in plea negotiations and determines how the case will be prosecuted.

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.

St. Landry Parish Criminal Court

St. Landry Parish Criminal Court

St. Landry Parish Criminal Court hearings

Criminal hearings in St. Landry Parish will take place at the St. Landry Parish Criminal Courts. Please see here for a list of the St. Landry Parish Criminal Court Locations.

Sentencing in St. Landry Parish

In St. Landry Parish if the defendant is found guilty (by trial or plea), the defendant will be sentenced. This sometimes occurrs immediately after being found guilty, but can also take place at a later date. In most instances, a judge will impose the sentence that is requested by the prosecution, but they also have the descretion to impose a different sentence.

What if I can’t afford an attorney?

The 6th Amendment guarantees you the right to an attorney whether or not you can afford one. If you cannot afford one, a public defender will be appointed by the court to represent you.

Appealing a guilty verdict

A defendant may appeal a guilty verdict to an appellate court. This is not a request to have another trial, but a request for an appellate court to review the case and determine that it was handled in a correct legal manner. There are a number of outcomes in an appeal including an upholding of the conviction, a finding that errors were made resulting in a retrial or resentencing or possibly a complete disimissal of all charges.

What is Jury Deliberation?

After both the prosecution and defense have presented their cases, the judge in the case will provide instructions to the jury about what they must decide. The jury will be dismissed to the jury room where they will deliberate about the guilt or innocence of the defendant. After reaching a unaminous decision, they return their decision to the court where it is read aloud in the courtroom. If the jury is unable to reach a unaminous decision, the jury is deadlocked, also known as a hung jury, in which a mistrial will be declared.

I need help for my St. Landry 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 St. Landry 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 St. Landry 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.

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.

Required Court Appearances in St. Landry Parish

Any required court appearances in St. Landry Parish Criminal Court must be attended by the defendant. Failure to appear in court at your required date and time may result in the judge issuing an arrest warrant.

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.

What happens in St. Landry Parish at an arraignment?

In St. Landry Parish the defendant is brought into court and informed by the judge of the charges that have been filed against them along with informing them of their rights. At this time, the defendant can plead guilty, not guilty or no contest. If the defendant pleads guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the defendant may be sentenced immediately or at a later date. If the defendant pleads not guilty a trial date is set.

St. Landry Parish Criminal Court Locations

  • St. Landry 27th Judicial District Court

    Address: 118 South Court Street, PO Box 750, Opelousas LA 70571
    Phone: 337-942-5606 Fax: 337-948-1653

  • Eunice City Court

    Address: 300 South 2nd Street, PO Box 591, Eunice LA 70535
    Phone: 337-457-6535 Fax: 337-457-6546

  • Opelousas City Court

    Address: 127 East Grolee Street, PO Box 1999, Opelousas LA 70570
    Phone: 337-948-2570 Fax: 337-948-2575

  • Justice of the Peace District 4

    Address: 113 South Budd Street, Sunset LA 70584
    Phone: 337-662-5245

  • Justice of the Peace District 5

    Address: 476 Main Street, Cankton LA 70584
    Phone: 337-668-4310 or 337-308-0215 Fax: 337-668-4514

  • Justice of the Peace District 6

    Address: 7420 Hwy 93, Arnaudville LA 70512
    Phone: 337-662-3919

  • Justice of the Peace District 6

    Address: 1428 Old School Road, Arnaudville LA 70512
    Phone: 337-351-9014 Fax: 337-879-2654

  • Justice of the Peace District 7

    Address: PO Box 521, Melville LA 71353
    Phone: 337-945-4282

  • Justice of the Peace District 8

    Address: PO Box 88, Port Barre LA 70577
    Phone: 337-585-2213

  • Justice of the Peace District 9

    Address: 7981 Hwy 71, Washington LA 70589
    Phone: 337-623-5909 or 337-945-4238 Fax: 337-942-1912

  • Justice of the Peace District 10

    Address: PO Box 132, LeBeau LA 71345
    Phone: 337-346-4116 Fax: 318-346-4344

  • Justice of the Peace District 11

    Address: 2338 Grand Prairie Hwy, Washington LA 70589
    Phone: 337-331-0707

  • Justice of the Peace District 11

    Address: 205 Flamingo Lane, Opelousas LA 70570
    Phone: 337-826-7633

  • Justice of the Peace District 12

    Address: 18065 Hwy 182, Bunkie LA 71322
    Phone: 318-838-2493 or 337-831-0153

  • Justice of the Peace District 13

    Address: 913 Hwy 363, Washington LA 70589
    Phone: 337-826-8858

  • Justice of the Peace District 18

    Address: 190 St. Paul Avenue, Opelousas LA 70570
    Phone: 337-543-2511 or 337-594-8007

  • Justice of the Peace District 19

    Address: 1410 Noel Road, Church Point LA 70525
    Phone: 337-658-0676 Fax: 337-684-6317

  • Arnaudville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 107 Rue De Jausiers, PO Box 1010, Arnaudville LA 70512
    Phone: 337-754-5911 Fax: 337-754-7935

  • Cankton Mayor’s Court

    Address: 107 Dandurand Road, Cankton LA 70584
    Phone: 337-668-4456 Fax: 337-668-4864

  • Grand Coteau Mayor’s Court

    Address: 231 Burleigh Lane, PO Drawer G, Grand Coteau LA 70541
    Phone: 337-662-5246 Fax: 337-662-5701

  • Krotz Springs Mayor’s Court

    Address: 224 Main Street, PO Box 218, Krotz Springs LA 70750
    Phone: 337-566-2322 Fax: 337-566-2320

  • Leonville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 3722 Hwy 31, PO Box 57, Leonville LA 70551
    Phone: 337-879-2601 Fax: 337-879-7922

  • Melville Mayor’s Court

    Address: 516 Church Street, PO Box 268, Melville LA 71353
    Phone: 337-623-4226 Fax: 337-623-3620

  • Palmetto Mayor’s Court

    Address: 224 East Railroad Avenue, PO Box 97, Palmetto LA 71358
    Phone: 337-623-4426 Fax: 337-623-3138

  • Port Barre Mayor’s Court

    Address: 504 Saizan Avenue, PO Box 219, Port Barre LA 70577
    Phone: 337-585-7646 Fax: 337-585-6645

  • Sunset Mayor’s Court

    Address: 211 Marie Street, Sunset LA 70584
    Phone: 337-662-5296 Fax: 337-662-5763

  • Washington Mayor’s Court

    Address: 405 North Washington Street, PO Box 218, Washington LA 70589
    Phone: 337-826-3626 Fax: 337-826-3601

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