** IMPORTANT MESSAGE - Calcasieu Fresh Start Will Be Reschedule To A Later Date **

In order to ensure the safety of our citizens and community, the Fresh Start Initiative Expungement event scheduled for Wednesday, August 30, at the Lake Charles Civic Center, will be rescheduled to a later date.  


Because of the possibility of severe flooding in our area, it is essential that we get the word out to over 200 applicants who were scheduled to be at the event on Wednesday morning.  We will inform the applicants of the rescheduled date at a later time.  

Thank you for your help in getting the message to our invited attendees.  Please place on the crawler, list on the closures and if at all possible please notify the public on the news hours.  


Patsy Dugas

Public Information Officer 

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office


Applications for the 2017 Fresh Start Initiative has CLOSED

You may call the SW Law Center at 337-436-3308, to be put on our waiting list. 

Thank you for your interest. 


Preliminary Application for Expungement Eligibility

Note: Please fill out the fields marked with an asterisk.

The Fresh Start Initiative Program is available for arrest, charges and convictions in Calcasieu Parish only!

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office


SWLA Law Center


City of Lake Charles


Calcasieu Parish Police Jury,

Office of Communications & Media


Calcasieu Clerk of Courts Office


Louisiana State Police


Lake Charles Police Department


Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs Department

Executive Committee

John DeRosier

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney

Cynthia Killingsworth

First Assistant District Attorney

Gene Thibodeaux

Chief Judge, Third Circuit Court of Appeals

Mark Judson 

Executive Director, SWLA Law Center

Sam Tolbert 

President, National Baptist Convention of America, International

H. Lynn Jones II

Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court

Elmore Garner 

Pastor, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church

Paul Pettefer

Sale Street Baptist Church

If you have further questions regarding the Calcasieu Parish Fresh Start Initiative Program,

please contact the Southwest Louisiana Law Center at (337) 436-3308.