We have experience defending people for nearly every felony offense in the Mississippi Criminal Code. We can help resolve your case.
Aiding and abetting
Contraband in correctional institutions
DUI death or injury
Felony possession of a firearm
The representation process: How to hire a criminal defense lawyer
1. GET IN TOUCH
Contact us about your charges. We will schedule a time and place to meet with you, so we can learn about the charges you face.
2. FREE CONSULTATION
At the initial meeting, we will help you understand the legal process, discuss likely outcomes, and quote a fee for our representation.
3. ENGAGEMENT LETTER
If you choose to hire us, we sign a clear agreement stating which charges we are handling for you and what our services will cost.
Frequently Asked Questions: criminal defense in north Mississippi
Do I need a lawyer?
Yes, everyone charged with a crime should at least consult with a lawyer. There may be procedural issues you don’t know about that could greatly affect your case. Additionally, a lawyer can walk you through your case and answer any questions that you may have. A lawyer will also spend time and effort going over your case, developing defenses and strategies. A practicing attorney will have access to the prosecutor and Court that a non-lawyer may not have. Finally, if your matter were to go to trial, or if you enter into plea negotiations, you absolutely need an effective advocate to protect your rights and get the best possible outcome.
What does it mean if I am indicted?
An indictment occurs when you have been arrested or charged with a crime, and it has been sent before the Grand Jury. A Grand Jury is made of people from the community. They are presented with evidence of your charge by the District Attorney, and they decide whether there is enough proof for the case to proceed. If they decide there is, you are indicted and the case goes forward.
An indictment is not the same as being found guilty. All the Grand Jury has to find is that more likely than not, there is enough proof for the District Attorney to proceed. Indictments are serious matters, and if you are indicted, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible.
What happens after I am indicted?
If you have an attorney, that attorney will immediately begin researching your case and looking for any and all defenses. The State will provide discovery, which is all the information it is required to hand over. Discovery shows what the prosecutors will rely on to prove their case. Your attorney will review all the discovery, meet with you to discuss it and answer any questions, as well as point out any discrepancies or defenses the discovery may reveal. Your attorney will also research any legal issues that need to be addressed as well as investigate the claims being made by the State. Then your lawyer and the District Attorney will begin the process known as plea negotiations.
What are plea negotiations?
Plea negotiations are when the District Attorney and your defense lawyer attempt to work out a reasonable and fair outcome of your case. This involves face-to-face interactions where weaknesses and possible defenses are relayed to the District Attorney, and where the District Attorney offers what the State is prepared to prove as well as the outcome they are seeking. These negotiations are very important, and a good relationship between the defense attorney and District Attorney are vital to the process. Plea negotiations often result in lowered penalties, and sometimes dismissals, before trial.
Plea negotiations are very important in handling your case. Often, more information is discovered through this process, and your attorney can get an understanding of how the State intends to prove its case. Additionally, it very often results in a much-reduced or more favorable outcome to your matter.
What if plea negotiations do not work?
If plea negotiations do not end in an agreeable solution, the case will proceed to trial.
What happens if my case goes to trial?
If your case goes to trial, your lawyer will work closely with you to prepare your case for trial. Your lawyer will spend time developing all evidence to be presented at trial, preparing all witnesses for the defense for questioning on the stand, preparing examinations and questions of any witnesses the State may present, as well as ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the trial and that you have the absolute best chance to win your case.
Is it important to have a lawyer who has tried cases before?
Yes. Trial work is much different from other legal work. Trial requires someone who understands how the trial process works, who can quickly react in the trial setting to any issues that arise, and who is familiar with how to present and rebut evidence. You also need someone who knows how to effectively cross-examine witnesses, which is a skill lawyers develop through years of trial practice. Your rights must be protected at trial, and in order for that happen as effectively as possible, you need someone who is comfortable in the courtroom and who can clearly and zealously advocate for you to the jury.
What happens if I am found guilty at trial?
If you are found guilty at a trial, you will be sentenced, usually at a later time. Your attorney will prepare you and any witnesses for the sentencing hearing, where you will be allowed to present evidence that may reduce your sentence. Your attorney will also file motions on your behalf to have the verdict reconsidered or thrown-out. The Court provides a specific time for these motions, so your attorney must be aware of and follow this schedule. If the Court leaves the verdict in place, you have the right to appeal the case to a higher court. Your attorney will prepare the appeal documents, write briefs showing why the verdict was wrong, and represent you at any hearings on the appeal.
What happens if I am found not guilty?
If your case goes to trial, and the jury finds you not guilty, you are released from custody or any bond that you may have, and you cannot be tried for the same charge again. You will not have a felony conviction on your record, and in some cases can have the charges expunged from your record. If the case ends in a mistrial, which can be for a number or reasons including the jury not being able to reach a verdict, the case could be re-tried if the State decided to do so. Remember that if you are facing more than one charge, a jury could find you guilty of some of the charges and not guilty of the others.
Do you have questions about facing criminal charges?
Waiting to contact a lawyer can cost your case valuable time. Call or text today, so we can start preparing your defense.