The District Attorney

District Attorney Penny Douciere was one of seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Andy S. Wise of Baton Rouge, LA. After graduating from Istrouma High School, she attended Louisiana Tech University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 1982. She then obtained her Juris Doctorate from the Louisiana State University School of Law in 1985. After graduation, she worked as a law clerk in the Third Judicial District Court prior to moving to Rayville, LA, where she began working at the Cooper, Hales Law Firm. In 1989, Penny was hired by former District Attorney William R. “Billy” Coenen as an Assistant District Attorney in Richland Parish where she handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases that ranged from domestic abuse to first and second degree homicide. She also represented the State of Louisiana on all Post Conviction Relief applications as well as appeals for over twenty years. Recently, she represented the State of Louisiana, Department of Children and Family Services, for the collection of child support in Richland, Franklin, and West Carroll Parishes.

Penny was appointed First Assistant District Attorney by district Attorney John M. “Mack” Lancaster and was also selected by Lancaster to fill out his remaining term upon his retirement.

Penny Douciere is married to Dr. Richard F. Douciere of Mangham, LA, and they have two children. Emily, who is married to Lane Robertson of Baskin, LA, and Andy Douciere. Penny and Dr. Douciere are active members of Rayville United Methodist Church.

“It is truly an honor and a blessing to serve as District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District of Louisiana. We have a highly trained and professional staff that is dedicated to prompt, courteous, and fair treatment of victims, offenders, and the public. We are committed to keeping our community safe while protecting the rights of all.”

Office Locations

  • District Attorney Penny Douciere
    PO Box 876 • Rayville, LA 71269
    318.728.6451 •
  • Franklin Parish District Attorney's Office
    6568 Main St, 2nd Flr • Winnsboro, LA 71295
    318.435.3386 •
    Located in Franklin Parish Courthouse,
    Second Floor
  • Richland Parish District Attorney's Office
    PO Box 417 • Rayville, LA 71269
    318.728.3166 •
    Located in Richland Parish Courthouse,
    Second Floor
  • West Carroll Parish District Attorney's Office
    PO Box 1209 • Oak Grove, LA 71269
    318.428.3213 •
    Located in West Carroll Parish Courthouse,
    Second Floor

Related Links

05thJDA Prevention of Sexual Harassment Policy