Frequently Asked Questions

I need information from the Clerk of court.

St. Tammany – Clerk of Court: http://www.sttammanyclerk.org/main/index.asp Washington – Clerk of Court: http://www.wpclerk.org

I need to apply for free legal help.

Criminal Legal Help: 22nd Judicial District Public Defender: http://www.22ndjdpdo.org/pd-offices.html & Civil Legal Help:  Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: http://slls.org/gethelp/item.4965-Covington_Office &https://www.lsba.org/ATJ/ 

I need the police.

Dial 911 in an emergency.

Sheriff’s office: http://www.stpso.com/. To File a Complaint against a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s office employee, email Internal Affairs at InternalAffairs@stpso.com

Sheriff’s office: http://www.wpsoweb.com. To File a Complaint against a Washington Parish Sheriff’s office employee contact Chief Jeff Boehm at the WPSO Bogalusa Substation at 985-735-7815

Police Agencies in St. Tammany Parish:

Folsom 985-796-3300
Covington 985-892-8500
Pearl River 985-863-5711
Mandeville 985-626-9711
Madisonville 985-845-3393
Sun 985-886-3113
Slidell 985-643-3131

Police Agencies in Washington Parish:

Franklinton 985-839-4474
Bogalusa 985-732-3611[/read]

Can the District Attorney’s Office give me legal advice?

No, the District Attorney’s Office cannot provide legal advice. District Attorney Warren Montgomery strongly recommends that anyone who is charged with a crime get an attorney. If you can’t afford to hire a private attorney, you may be eligible to receive free legal help by contacting the 22nd Judicial District Public Defender’s Office (http://www.22ndjdpdo.org/pd-offices.html) or Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (http://slls.org/gethelp/item.4965-Covington_Office or  https://www.lsba.org/ATJ/)

Who can I talk to about custody of a child?

Call a Civil Attorney who specializes in family law or if you cannot afford and attorney, call Southeast Louisiana Legal Assistance Corp at 985-893-0076.

How can I get a restraining order?

Against a spouse or family member, contact the clerk of court in your parish St. Tammany – http://www.sttammanyclerk.org/main/index.asp Washington – http://www.wpclerk.org For someone not related, you need a private attorney to draw up a stay away order or your parole board.

Who can tell me my/or someone’s next court date?

The clerk of court unless it’s a traffic ticket. Tickets for Washington Parish call (985) 839-6711, St. Tammany call the DA’s office at 985-809-8325 or email damontgomery@22da.com. See our Traffic Page on this site for more information. 

How can I reschedule my traffic ticket court date?

Speeding over 90 mph is court mandatory. See our Traffic Page for more information.

How can I talk to the prosecutor about my/my family member’s Felony Charges?

If you have an attorney, he/she will need to phone our offices and speak to the ADA in charge. If you do not have an attorney you may contact the public defender’s office. Legal Help: 22nd Judicial District Public Defender: http://www.22ndjdpdo.org/pd-offices.html Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: http://slls.org/gethelp/item.4965-Covington_Office&https://www.lsba.org/ATJ/ There may be rare exceptions. If you’d like to be considered please send a letter or email to the DA’s office and explain why you’d like a meeting.

I want to reschedule my court date.

If you have an attorney, he/she will need to phone our offices and speak to the ADA in charge. If you do not have an attorney you may contact the public defender’s office. See the links in the above question for legal help.

I am a Victim and I want to reopen my case.

Please call and ask for our Victim’s Assistance Coordinators at 985-809-8383.

How do I get in touch with the judge?

Judges are not permitted to discuss cases with the general public, you may Visit www.22ndjdc.org and call the Judges office and speak to his/her secretary for more information.

How can I drop charges?”

Call 985-809-8383 or email damontgomery@da22.com and request the ADA in the division charges were filed.

How can I press charges?

Call or go to your local police department or sheriff’s office. See our Links page under Learning & Resources.

I want the DA’s office to go out and arrest someone.

The DA’s office does not make arrests nor do initial investigations. Call or go to your local police department or sheriff’s office.

How do I get my discovery if I am not an attorney’s office?

We only give discovery to attorneys (or to you if you’ve represented yourself) if the case you are interested in is still open. If it’s a closed case, you can make a written public records request. Go to our Media page and find the Public Records link.

How do I get my property back now that my case is closed?

You need to hire an attorney to file a motion for return of evidence.

Where do I pay my traffic ticket?

At the Sheriff’s office in your Parish, see question #3 in this list for contact info.

How do I get my record expunged?

The Clerk of Court in your Parish.

What is Diversion?

Please visit our Diversion page on this site.

Someone breached a contract, who do I speak to?

Call a Civil Attorney who specializes in family law or if you cannot afford and attorney contact for Free Legal Help: 22nd Judicial District Public Defender: http://www.22ndjdpdo.org/pd-offices.html Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: http://slls.org/gethelp/item.4965-Covington_Office &https://www.lsba.org/ATJ/ 

How do I get a divorce?

Call a Civil Attorney who specializes in family law or if you cannot afford and attorney, Legal Help: 22nd Judicial District Public Defender: http://www.22ndjdpdo.org/pd-offices.html Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: http://slls.org/gethelp/item.4965-Covington_Office&https://www.lsba.org/ATJ/ 

I am a victim, when will the DA’s office contact me about the case?

Call our office and ask to speak with a Victim’s Assistant at 985-809-8383 or please visit our Victim Assistance Services page on this website for more information.

Can one of your attorneys or the Civil Division handle a private legal matter?

Our attorneys handle a) crimes against state laws and local ordinances or b) civil issues and litigations for Washington and St. Tammany Parishes.  You will need to hire a private attorney.