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Law Enforcement Terms for the Law Abiding Citizen

For most citizens, almost everything they know about their local law enforcement officers comes from television. But even if you follow the letter of the law, knowing who's out there protecting the streets and what their specific responsibilities are is a good thing. What follows are a few terms that can help the average person sort out the shades of blue in the law enforcement community.

  • Jail - Differs from prison in one significant manner, not every inmate has necessarily been convicted of a crime. Some inmates who have been arrested and charged with a crime, but are unable to come up with bail, may await their trial in jail. Once a person is convicted of a serious crime, they are usually sent to a state or federal prison.
  • County Sheriff - Generally the top law enforcement official at the county level. Sheriffs are generally elected officials and may or may not have any previous criminal justice experience. In many sparsely populated areas the Sheriff's department serves as the local police force.
  • Criminal History Check - Because all adult arrests are a matter of public record, any citizen can access them. Most police and sheriff’s departments will, for a fee, print out a list of arrests and convictions for any individual.
  • Felony - Any crime that carries a minimum one year sentence is usually considered a felony. The consequences of a felony conviction are more severe than a misdemeanor.
  • Misdemeanor - Crimes that carry a minimum sentence of less than a year. That sentence is usually carried out in the county jail rather than a state or Federal prison.
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    Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriffs Office
    437 N Market St, Jennings, LA 70546
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    (337) 855-6781
    User Review: "Jefferson davis sherifs office is racist. I was stopped near jennings, la for no apparant reason at all. I wasn't speeding..."
    East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Office
    300 North Blvd Ste 2601, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
    (225) 389-3920
    East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Office
    1270 Rosenwald Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70807
    (225) 389-5105
    Iberville Parish of
    58050 Meriam St, Plaquemine, LA 70764
    (225) 687-5190
    Iberville Parish of
    58105 Court St, Plaquemine, LA 70764
    (225) 687-9682
    Iberville Parish of
    61755 Bayou Rd, Plaquemine, LA 70764
    (225) 659-7459
    Iberville Parish Sheriff Sub Station
    2085 Highway 30, Saint Gabriel, LA 70776
    (225) 642-5492
    East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriffs Office
    14431 Airline Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70817
    (225) 389-5114
    Saint Martin Parish Sheriffs Office
    400 Saint Martin St, Saint Martinville, LA 70582
    (337) 394-3071
    Ascension Parish Sheriffs Office
    2384 Lemanville Cutoff Rd, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    (225) 473-8674
    Saint Martin Parish Sheriffs Office
    1815 Terrace Rd, Saint Martinville, LA 70582
    (337) 394-9082
    Saint Martin Parish Sheriffs Office
    4870 Main Hwy, Saint Martinville, LA 70582
    (337) 394-2610
    City of Gonzales
    120 S Irma Blvd, Gonzales, LA 70737
    (225) 647-2841
    Ascension Parish Sheriffs Office
    828 S Irma Blvd Bldg 3, Gonzales, LA 70737
    (225) 647-8182
    Ascension Parish of
    300 Houmas St, Donaldsonville, LA 70346
    (225) 473-8671

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