Our Misdemeanor Section handles all misdemeanor crimes. Approximately 2,500 of these cases come through the District Attorney's Office a year. Along with answering phone calls from the general public regarding court dates and other various issues concerning a defendant's charges, the secretaries each have assigned divisions and duties. Those duties include processing all misdemeanor criminal files, setting them for Grand Jury and checking all arrest and bond information relating to the file/defendant, before routing it to be set for either misdemeanor or felony court.
When misdemeanor files assigned to the 14th Judicial District Court, an assistant district attorney takes it to court, at which time the Misdemeanor Section processes all files in accordance with the Court's action. In addition, this section is responsible for processing all charges relating to Wildlife and Fisheries and Animal Control violations.
The misdemeanors that occur within the Lake Charles City limits are set up for City Court. Responsibilities for these misdemeanors include receiving and processing all files screened by the assistant district attorney assigned to City Court and processing the files in accordance with the Court's action.