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Fresh Start Event

The Fresh Start program was instituted in early June 2015 by John F. DeRosier, Calcasieu Parish District Attorney, and operates alongside with the Southwest Louisiana Law Center.  With the help of many other partners across the community, such as the Calcasieu Clerk of Court, Louisiana State Police and the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Department, this event will help an individual get an expungement of their criminal record with the assistance of local legal professionals and at a reduced cost. 

The Fresh Start screening event is scheduled for August 7, 2019, at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  Prescreening applications will be taken for the event and will be open beginning April 2, 2019, until May 2, 2019, or when the maximum number of 300 applications are received. After the maximum level is attained, the applicant may be put on a wait list.  All applicants will be notified by mail or email if their application was accepted for review or rejected. Please make sure you put a valid address, email address and cell phone number for contact.   

If You Qualify for Fresh Start:

First Event Scheduled for August 7, 2019

You will be able to request a criminal right of review from the LSP for $26.00.

There will be personnel available to have your fingerprints taken to send in with the form.

This service normally requires an additional payment of $10.00.

Second Event - Processing Event - November 13, 2019

You will go over the right of review with a volunteer attorney, along with any other paperwork you need.

If you qualify for an expungement, you will need to have money orders or cashier's checks in the following amounts:


Louisiana State Police ..... $250.00


Calcasieu Clerk of Court ..... $100.00 


Total of $350.00

(normally fees are approximately $586.00)

If your conviction was for a DWI - an additional $50.00 (to the DMV), if 894 item  - and additional $50.00.

No attorney's fee will be charged.

(*includes right of review fee of $26.00 paid at first event) 


Thank You To Our Sponsors

Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s Office


SWLA Law Center


City of Lake Charles


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 Appeal

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 Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office at (337) 437-3400 or

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