|Paying Tickets or Paying Bail
To pay a traffic violation or a criminal fine:
Please note that the below instructions "DO NOT APPLY" to traffic violations issued by Lafayette City Police or Lafayette City Marshals. Those tickets are processed through the Lafayette City Court offices. For payment information and instructions please call (337) 291-8736.
The Fines and Commissary office is located on the 4th Floor of the old Lafayette Parish Government building located at 1010 Lafayette Street, and is open Monday through Thursday 7:30am to 4:45pm and Friday from 8 AM to 4:15 PM. After hours, bonding is located at 916 Lafayette St. in front of the Correctional Center. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, money orders, Visa and Mastercard. For deposits to Commissary, only cash and money orders will be accepted. In accordance with LA R.S. 15:571.11, 13:5524, and 33.2933, a 2.50% local charge will be added to all credit card payments with a $1.95 minimum convenience fee being applied on all credit card transactions. When paying traffic tickets, the ticket, or a copy brought to the cashier, will greatly expedite the process. Traffic tickets that have not yet been to court must be paid in full prior to the due date found near the bottom of the ticket. Installment payments are not an option when attempting to pay fines prior to court. When paying criminal fines, please present the docket number to the cashier as this will also expedite the process. Only misdemeanor violations may be paid in advance; criminal fines must first be processed through the court. Once the courts have ordered a fine to be paid, installments may be made, as long as the fine is paid by the due date given by the court.
LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE
A commercial bond is posted through a bonding company of your choice. The typical fee is 12% of the original bond, however this may vary between bondsmen.
PERSONAL SURETY BOND
A personal surety, also known as a W-2 bond, must be approved and authorized by a judge. A personal surety is based upon the premise that a friend or relative has income sufficient to support the release of the incarcerated individual. Upon approval by a judge, the information indicating the amount that the judge has authorized is forwarded to the correctional center, at which time the bond can be signed (a picture ID is required).
Cash may be posted for a bond. Payment must be in the form of a money order or cash. The full amount of the bond must be posted. Bond money is refunded after the defendant appears in court and all charges are adjudicated.