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Often a person applying for credit, a mortgage, or employment, will discover that a criminal defendant has the same name. When it becomes necessary to legally distinguish a criminal from another person, the Office of the District Attorney can assist by issuing a Letter of Distinguishment. There is a $50 user service fee, payable by money order for this service.


Note: we can only issue Letters of Distinguishment for the criminal cases our office has prosecuted.


To obtain a Letter of Distinguishment, please contact our main office:


Office of the District Attorney
Attn: Distinguishments
800 South Buchanan, 6th Floor
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
Tel: (337) 232-5170


NOTE: Any payments made to the District Attorney’s Office, including distinguishments, must be made in the form of a money order. Our office cannot accept cash or personal checks

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