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.

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Lafourche Jury Finds Raceland Man Guilty of Aggravated Rape

Lafourche Parish District Attorney Kristine Russell announced that a Raceland man charged with aggravated rape in November of 2017 was convicted by a Lafourche Parish jury Tuesday evening. The Honorable Hugh Larose presided over the trial.

Michael Lirette Sr., 66, sexually abused the pre-teen victim over a period of several years dating back over a decade ago. Lirette, who lived on the same street as the victim, was a friend of the victim’s family.

“Justice may be delayed, but it won’t be denied,” said Assistant District Attorney Jason Chatagnier, who prosecuted the case along with Greg Stahlnecker. “The victim became the voice of her 8 year old self. Now, after a decade of living with the weight of her story, justice has been served.”

Chatagnier continued, “We applaud the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, more specifically the Juvenile Detectives Division, for their diligence in public service.”

During the trial, other victims testified that they too were victims of Michael Lirette’s sexual abuse. Their testimony helped establish Lirette’s lustful disposition towards children.

Lirette was initially charged with First Degree Rape, but at the time of the commission of the offenses First Degree Rape was known as Aggravated Rape; the elements of the offense remain the same.

The Honorable Hugh Larose ordered that Lirette be taken into custody and his previous bond terminated. Lirette is scheduled for sentencing on May 16th at 9:00 a.m.

Michael Lirette is facing a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of probation, parole, or suspension of sentence.
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From all of us at the DA’s Office - we wish you and your family a very Happy Easter! ... See MoreSee Less

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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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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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