victim of or witness to a crime can be a very
frightening experience. The days, weeks, months, and
even years that follow can be unsettling. Involvement
in the criminal justice system can also be confusing
especially if you do not understand how the system
this reason, the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has
developed the Victim/Witness Assistance Services Program
to help you have a better understanding of the criminal
justice system and to help you understand your rights.
In addition, this brochure also includes the many
services available throughout this area to assist
victims of crimes. It also describes the requirements
and procedures in filing a claim under the Louisiana
Crime Victim Compensation Act.
Sheriff Craig Webre and his staff are committed to
providing services that are accessible to all. If you
require accommodations due to a disability please
contact the Police Social Services Section for
this brochure will help you. Thank you for “helping us
to serve you.”
Sheriff Craig Webre
Victim/Witness Assistance Program Services
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Victim/Witness has
been developed to serve the citizens of Lafourche Parish
who have been a victim or a witness to a crime by:
Giving information to the victim/witness about
Sheriff’s Office services, including a Sheriff’s
Office 24-hour response number, and about services
offered by other organizations or agencies, e.g.,
counseling, medical attention, compensation programs
or emergency financial assistance and victim
Advising the victim/witness who may be concerned
about what to do if threatened or intimidated by the
suspect or the suspect’s companions or family.
Informing the victim/witness about the case number, if
known, by the agency, and subsequent steps in processing
the case; and
Providing a telephone number that the victim/witness may
call to report additional information about the case or
to receive information about the status of the case
(whether the case is open, suspended or closed).
Assistance Program if:
personal property is being held by the Sheriff’s Office and you need assistance
in its return.
know where to report a crime you have witnessed.
any questions about what to expect in court or any other matter in regards to
your case, no matter how unimportant you may think it is.
any questions about victim’s compensation for personal injuries.
someone to speak to your employer on your behalf to allow your appearance as a
move or change you telephone number.
1-888-6-VICTIM (toll free)
TTY callers (985) 532-4204
Lafourche Parish Courthouse
Divisions A, C and E
Green Street, Thibodaux 70301
between 2nd & 3rd Street
Division A - (985) 447-3780
Division C - (985) 446-1381
Division E - (985) 447-1554
Divisions B and D
309 Third Street, Thibodaux 70301
between Green & Maronge Streets.
Division B - (985) 446-0517
Division D - (985) 448-1291
The Sheriff’s Office
200 Canal Blvd, Thibodaux, LA 70301
corner of Canal Blvd & West 2nd Street.
751 Goode Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
National Armory Building.
952 Highway 3185, Thibodaux, LA 70301
The corner of Highway
3185 & Veterans Blvd.
207 Main Street, Lockport, LA 70374
102 West 91st Street, Galliano, LA 70354
corner of W. 91st Street & Highway 1
Personnel / Narcotics / Motorpool
5200 Hwy1, Mathews, LA 70374
Investigations / Patrol / Support Sevices
805 Crescent Ave, Lockport, LA 70374.
corner of School Street & Crescent Ave.
West 2nd Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301.
On the second floor.
Internal Affairs / Information Technology / CALEA
West 2nd Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301.
On the third floor.
Highway 90 East, Raceland, LA 70394
District Attorney’s Office
406 West 3rd Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
– Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
block west of the Lafourche Parish Court House
Child Advocacy Center
512 West 3rd Street, Thibodaux, LA 70301
– Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
block west of the District Attorney's Office
Louisiana Relay Communication Telephon
Voice Users: 1-800-947-5277
can dial: 711
Important points to remember as
a witness in a courtroom
well and be courteous.
you dress and present yourself is a direct reflection of
you. It is to your advantage to dress neatly and
conduct yourself in a courteous manner.
should remain alert at all times so that you can hear,
understand and give a proper response to each question.
If the Judge or jury gets the impression that you are
bored or indifferent, they may tend to disregard your
Think before you speak.
sure you understand each question, then give an accurate
answer to the best of your ability. Hasty and
thoughtless answers may be incorrect and cause problems
for all concerned. If you don’t know the answer to a
question, say so. It is the duty of the attorney to
make the question understandable.
is nothing more annoying to a Court than a witness who
refuses to speak clearly enough to be heard and
understood. An inaudible voice detracts from your
testimony and may make the Court think that you are not
certain of what you are saying.
If you don’t understand a question, ask that it be
will save time and confusion. If you try to answer a
question without fully understanding it, the answer may
confuse the Court, the jury and the lawyers.
all questions directly.
often a witness will be so anxious to tell his story
that he will want to get it all out in the answer to the
first question. If you can answer the question with a
simple yes of no, do so. Never volunteer information –
it may have no bearing on the case and may serve only to
delay the proceedings.
you may be testifying in favor of a friend and would
like to see him win, don’t exaggerate your testimony or
try to slant it in his favor. Justice will be served
only if you make your testimony as objective as
Be helpful, not funny.
is a very important matter to the parties involved. The
defendant’s money or freedom is at stake. The Court is
interested only in facts, not comedy.
Above all never lose your temper.
the witness loses his temper, he has placed himself at
the mercy of the cross-examiner. Courts are interested
only in the facts of the case. Hold you temper and your
testimony will be much more valuable.
Persons with Disabilities
there are certain accommodations that you require in
order to be able to testify, you must let the district
attorney handling the case know ahead of time.
Be prepared to wait.
Court and District Attorney’s Office has significantly
reduced the amount of time a witness spends in Court.
However, occasionally a witness may be required to
remain nearby for a period of time. You may want to
prepare for this by bringing a book to read or some
handwork to help you pass the time.