The Office of the

Lafourche Parish District Attorney

Telephone

Main Office: (985) 447-2003

Child Support: (985) 448-3422

Galliano Office: (985) 632-5568

Hours

Main Office: Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Child Support: Mon-Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Galliano Office: Tue, 9am – 12pm | Thurs, 9am – 3pm

Kristine Russell

Lafourche Parish District Attorney

Kristine Russell was born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She graduated from Edward Douglas White High School, Nicholls State University, and Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Following her graduation from law school, Kristine began working with the law firm of Morvant and Cavell. Her practice focused on insurance defense and family law. In 1999, Kristine opened her own law practice and continued to work mainly in the area of family law. She also taught Family Law for several years at Nicholls State University.

About Our Office

The Lafourche Parish District Attorney, Kristine Russell, or her designated assistant, has charge of every criminal prosecution by the state in her district. She is also the representative of the state before the grand jury in her district, and is the legal advisor to the grand jury.

 

District Attorney Russell is the statutory legal advisor to the Parish Government and to all Parish Boards and Commissions. In her capacity as legal advisor, she works closely with the Parish Council and the Parish President to protect the interests of Lafourche Parish. She also makes her Office available to answer questions and provide legal advice to Parish Boards and Commissions.

LafourcheDA

Congrats to our Easter Egg decorating 1st place winner - Mary Szush! Very creative!

With severe thunderstorms approaching us, we hope it quickly passes and everyone is able to enjoy their Easter with family and friends! Stay dry and stay safe!
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🦞🔥 A fun day filled with great food and great people at Crawdaddy’s Boil-Off, Street Survivors fundraiser for the Childrens Advocacy Center of Lafourche, and Relay for Life. There is no place like South Louisiana! 🔥🦞 ... See MoreSee Less

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Ascent Houma #TieOneApril12th as part of April’s Child Abuse Awareness Prevention month. Protecting kids should be all of our responsibility. #EndChildAbuse ... See MoreSee Less

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Here’s a quick message from our Victims’ Assistance Department team! ... See MoreSee Less

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This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week! Our Victims’ Assistance Department team is committed to ensuring victims in Lafourche Parish are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve! ... See MoreSee Less

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What a fun day at MLK Park for Kids Fun Day! Thank you St. Joseph Masonic Lodge for hosting and Thibodaux Police Department and Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office for helping sponsor it. The kids loved the face painting and we discovered some hidden talent in the Office.

📸: If you see someone you know, tag them
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Former Lockport Chief of Police Pleads Guilty As District Attorney’s Office Prepared For Trial

Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell announced that former Lockport Chief of Police, Warren Vedros Sr., pled guilty earlier this week to all charges filed against him - Theft, Forgery, three (3) counts of Malfeasance in Office, and three (3) counts of Filing False Public Records.

Vedros and his attorney filed an open ended plea on Tuesday, March 26th, which means a plea offer was not made by the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office prompting Vedros to plead guilty.

“With the amount of trust that is placed in Public Officials, they should be held to a higher standard,” said Assistant District Attorney Jason Chatagnier, who prosecuted the case. “We felt the evidence against Mr. Vedros justified the charges filed against him, and we were prepared to go to trial to ensure that each charge ended in guilty.”

Chatagnier continued, “Since Mr. Vedros pled guilty to each charge the grand jury indicted him on, we feel we’ve done our job.”

Following the open ended plea, Vedros was sentenced by the Honorable F. Hugh Larose to three (3) years supervised probation and ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to the Lafourche Parish Government.
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🎥 Highlight Reel 🎥

Shelley Pate has been working in the Child Support Division for 27 years; she started on day one of the Division's opening. After many years of interviewing non-custodial parents and then custodial parents, she now spends her time with Child Support court preparation. Shelley said she loves the people she works with - they never stop laughing with each other, which is important to do in order to stay balanced in a tough job.

When she's not working she's a bit of a shopaholic, not just clothing either, she enjoys the hunt for that unique item. She also enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, and finding new restaurants to try. Thank you for all of the work you do, Shelley!
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🎉 Year One 🎉

Today marks one year since our DA, Kristine Russell, took Office. Here’s a quick recap on Year One’s accomplishments

• New & Improved Website with an interactive option

• Hired a Full-Time Social Worker to help Victims’ develop strategies and obtain resources to rebuild their lives after the judicial process is over

• Restructured the Victims’ Assistance Department to ensure a People First, System Second culture

• Revamped PTI— we have a single digit recidivism rate

• Launched Respect U - a new school initiative centered around the topic of respect; self respect and respect for others

• Appointed a Special Prosecutor to prosecute high level drug offenders in Lafourche Parish

• Hired a Public Information Officer in an effort to increase transparency, ensure access to our office as well as frequent information sharing.

That’s just Year One! A huge Thank You to the great people of our Parish for helping make it all possible! The future is bright and we’re excited to continue serving Lafourche!
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Update: #TeamKristine Kickin’ Chicken took home 2nd Place!! Way to go!!!

#TeamKristine at the Nicholls State University CASA Cook-Off... a big thanks to the Kickin’ Chicken boys for hands down some of the best homemade fried chicken there is.

Beautiful Weather + Great Food + Great Cause = Fun Day! 🍗🥇
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