March 2, 2015

Top 10 Ways to Get out of Jury Duty in Mississippi

e22ba6aef41c9452c19e5c8efbd556e9.jpgSo, I wake up this morning and I have a text from an out of state buddy. "Hey man" it starts, "I got called to jury duty and I need to be out of town on Thursday. How can I get out of it!?!?"

I get this question all the time. People HATE jury duty. Until they actually serve on a jury that is. The folks who have served on a jury tell me that it was one of the most "American" things they have ever done. Yes, I know the "hurry up and wait" process is horrible (welcome to my world) but as a juror you really get to take part in one of the things that make this country great. The "right to a jury trial" is guaranteed by the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution. Mississippi has this right embedded in our Constitution as well.

But there are legitimate ways to get of jury duty so let's look at those:

1. Will being on a jury result in a serious financial loss to you? If so, you can be excused but the Judge may require more information than just you saying this.

2. Must be 21 years or older. Please don't bring a fake I.D.

3. Must be able to read and write. But since you ARE reading this I guess you don't qualify for this exception.

4. Can't be a convicted felon. (Should have hired Coxwell & Associates!)

5. Can't be an habitual drunkard. However, non-habitual drunkards are permitted.

6. Can't be a common gambler. Uncommon gamblers are apparently ok.

7. You must not have been convicted of illegally selling alcoholic beverages within the last 5 years. Obviously this law was on the books when Mississippi was a dry state.

8. Can't have a case currently pending in the court in which you are asked to serve as a jury.

9. If you are over the age of 65 you can be excused automatically. Once again, no fake ID's!

10. If jury duty would cause a personal hardship to you you can be excused as well. And no, listening to boring attorneys for a week is NOT a personal hardship.

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February 27, 2015

MDPS Traffic Crash Report

Officials with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety have released the traffic crash report from the past week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, many of the crashes are being linked with the icy weather that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday. Although individual details on each crash weren't released, it's possible that a variety of factors were involved in these wrecks.

During the storm, state troopers responded to over 200 calls. They're stating weather was a factor in about 150 of those crashes. It's not uncommon for bad weather crashes to involve drivers who are driving too fast for conditions or following other drivers too closely, in addition to other factors.

If you were injured in a crash during the winter storm, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

February 20, 2015

Icy Roads in Metro Area

Commuters in the Metro area and across Mississippi have been dealing with Icy roads and bridges this week. WJTV News Channel 12 reports that first responders and other emergency response crews were out in full force on Friday morning. There were several crashes in the Metro alone. Interstate 20, near exit 56, was clogged up for hours after a collision. All lanes had to be shutdown as crews responded to the scene.

Multiple Crashes in Jackson

Another crash on I-55, near the Pearl Street exit, also had traffic backed up. Interstate 220, north of Medgar Evers Boulevard and Industrial Drive, was also the scene of a crash. Very few details were released about these wrecks, so we don't know if anybody hurt in these crashes or how many vehicles were involved.

Driving Too Fast For Conditions

Driving too fast for conditions is a common occurrence in poor weather. Whether it's freezing rain, a little bit of snow or a springtime downpour, drivers need to adjust their driving speeds in accordance with the weather. It's not safe to go even the posted speed limit in certain weather conditions. Driving too fast for weather conditions can put everybody on the road at great risk. Making sure your car is cold weather road-ready is also important for safe driving this season. Finally, drivers should exercise additional caution when approaching and driving over bridges and overpasses in colder weather.

Bridges Ice First

Drivers should also remember that bridges and overpasses are the first parts of the road to freeze in cold weather. They don't have the benefit of the ground keeping them warm. They're exposed to elements from above and below. Drivers are urged to exercise additional caution when traveling over bridges and overpasses in cold weather.

When to Call a Jackson Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an icy-weather car accident, you need to call a personal injury lawyer to get the ball rolling on your case. The skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by at (601) 948-1600 to answer your questions today.

February 20, 2015

Manslaughter Arrest in Yazoo City

On Wednesday, 28-year-old Eric Terrell Rogers died as a result of injures sustained in a shooting that happened in Yazoo City. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Rogers was shot in the chest. Although he was taken to King's Daughter Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, a 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the shooting. Initial witness reports indicate that this could have been an accidental shooting, but very few details have been released. Eric Alton Lee has been charged with manslaughter.

Manslaughter Charges in Jackson

If you or a loved one has been charged with manslaughter or any criminal offense in or around the Jackson area, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates understand that sometimes "good people make bad choices." They have decades of real experience helping people solve their legal problems.

February 13, 2015

Aggravated Assault in Jackson

On Friday, a Jackson resident was sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 31-year-old Christopher Wilson was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He will have five years to serve, five years suspended and three years of post-release supervision. His sentencing was delayed since the jury found him guilty in court a month ago.

Victim Stabbed 27 Times

Wilson, in addition to four other co-defendants, were accused of stabbing another pre-trial detainee 27 times while they were inside the Hinds County Detention Center. The victim, who survived the attack, was able to identify the assailants. The article didn't report on what sentences or other charges the co-defendants were also facing.

Assault Charges in Jackson

Circumstances can vary widely from case to case. An arrest for assault can happen in bar fights, domestic disputes and even in correctional holding facilities. While most simple assault charges involve minor fisticuff, slaps or shoves, aggravated assault typically involves weapons and or much greater harm to the other party involved. Aggravated assaults, whether they involve traditional weapons or not, can leave victims in the hospital with severe injuries. This isn't your average bar fight. Listed below are just a few examples of different types of aggravated assault.

Examples of Aggravated Assault

• Stabbing somebody
• Shooting somebody
• Beating somebody with a blunt object
• Using your automobile as a weapon
• Beating and injury somebody very badly
• Using a rope or similar object to choke a person
• Using any type of ordinary everyday object to hurt somebody with

When to Call a Lawyer

After any kind of arrest, whether it's simple assault, aggravated assault or some other type of crime, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Public defenders are overburdened with enormous caseloads. You need an attorney with the time, resources and skills to devote to your freedom and future.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation today.

February 13, 2015

Car Crash in South Jackson

On Thursday, a one-car, injury-causing crash happened in South Jackson, near a car wash. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at Buchanan and John R. Lynch Streets. Apparently, the driver of the automobile swerved to avoid a car that was veering into their lane. When the car swerved, it struck a light pole and flipped into the car wash's driveway.

Authorities did report that speed could have been a factor in this crash. Of the four people inside of the vehicle, one was transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries. There's no word on that person's current condition or the extent of injuries involved. Additionally, no information has been released on what if anything happened to the car that was veering into the driver's lane. Could it have been a case of distracted driving?

I think we have reached the point with automobiles and cell phones that we have to acknowledge texting and driving is a problem. Just look around you while you are driving. You will see people texting on the interstate. i bet half the people you see are on their phones. There is a law pending in the Mississippi Legislature to make it illegal to text and drive. It failed last year. Let's see what happens this year.

The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have decades of real experience helping people who have been seriously injured in automobile accidents and in other areas where some person or some company did not follow the rules of safety. The attorneys understand that an injured person will only have one opportunity to obtain a fair recovery (money damages) for the losses and harms they received. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured, call the attorneys who are interested in what is best for you. Call 601-946-1600 or e mail merridac@coxwelllaw.com.

February 6, 2015

Deadly Head-on Collision Involving School Bus

On Thursday, a deadly head-on collision involving a school bus happened in Rankin County. Very little information has been released on how this crash happened, but according to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident occurred on Star Road near New Jerusalem Church Road. For currently unknown reasons, a school bus and another automobile collided head on. At least one fatality has been confirmed in connection with the crash. Additionally, the bus driver also suffered from injuries.

One Dead and Bus Driver Injured

Thankfully, there were no students on the bus at the time of the wreck. The bus driver did suffer from injuries, which were originally described as minor. There's no word on the driver's current condition though. At this time, very few details have been released about the deadly crash. Could it have been a case of distracted driving? Who was going the wrong way, and why did it happen? The Rankin County School District released a statement thanking the first responders and also announcing that the safety and well being of everyone involved is their top priority.

Crashes Involving Buses

Crashes involving buses and other large vehicles can be devastating and deadly for drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles. When crashes involve school buses, there is always the additional concern for the children, but school buses are actually built to keep children relatively safe in the event of a crash. That doesn't mean that it's not possible for children to get injured in bus accidents, but the most dangerous place for a child is actually outside of the bus, when exiting or entering the vehicle.

After a Bus Accident

After any kind of accident, it's a good idea to speak with a skilled personal injury lawyer about your options. This is especially important when somebody else's negligent, distracted or dangerous driving caused your wreck. You could be facing an extensive amount of time missing work during your recovery.

The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of the deceased victim and also wishes the injured bus driver a full and speedy recovery.

If you have been in an serious accident or suffered a serious injury call the attorneys at Coxwell & Associates. The attorneys focus on these types of injuries and they recognize that an injured person will only have one opportunity to obtain fair and reasonable compensation for the harm and loss they have suffered. For a consultation call 601-948-1600.

February 6, 2015

Homicide Suspect Arrested in Jackson

Earlier this week, a man wanted in connection with a triple homicide was arrested in the Metro area. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 19-year-old Isaac Tiharihondi was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. without incident by a law enforcement task force. He's accused of killing three people in Houston, Texas, whose bodies were discovered on Monday.

Capital Murder Charges

At this time, he's facing two counts of capital murder. Autopsy results are still pending, and this case is still under investigation with authorities. He is currently being detained in the Hinds County Detention Center, but will likely be extricated to Harris County soon.

Homicide Arrests in Jackson

If you or a loved one is facing homicide charges in Jackson or the surrounding areas, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have years of experience helping people who are charged with criminal offenses. Managing partner Merrida Coxwell has over 35 years helping people with criminal charges. If you need assistance call at 601-948-1600.

January 30, 2015

Burglary Suspect Arrested in Jackson

A suspect has been arrested in connection with multiple burglaries in Jackson this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, law enforcement authorities were on the scene at a Southbrook Drive residence on Wednesday morning making the arrest. Very few details have been released about the crimes or the arrest.

The suspect allegedly stole items from multiple residences in the area and then posted those items for sale on social media websites. WJTV News Channel 12 also reports that there were shots fired on the scene of the arrest, but they didn't know if they were from law enforcement or somebody else.

If you or a loved one is facing burglary charges, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have years of real experience helping people solve real problems.

January 30, 2015

Hinds County School Bus Crash

At least three children were injured in a Hinds County school bus crash earlier this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened in Learned, Mississippi on Adams Station Road near Bush Road. For currently unknown reasons, the bus crashed when it was taking students to Carver Middle School and Raymond High School. Very few details have been released about the crash. At this time, we still don't know what caused the crash or if there were other vehicles involved.

Three Students Injured in Mississippi Bus Crash

A press released indicated at one child was taken to the hospital by ambulance and two other injured students were released to their parents after the crash. There's no word on the extent of injuries involved, although initial reports indicate that they were considered 'minor.'

School Bus Safety in Jackson

While school buses are designed to safely transport children from home to school and back again, they're not totally without risk. Distracted drivers and even careless bus drivers can put child occupants at risk for injury or death. It may or may not be surprising to parents that the most dangerous part of taking the bus to and from school isn't actually riding on the bus. It's getting on and off of the bus. Getting hit or run over by a bus or another car is the greatest risk to children who take the bus.

The Danger Zone

The 10-foot zone all around the bus is considered the "Danger Zone." Bus drivers may have limited visibility when children are in this area. This is also the area where other motorists might hit children, as they're getting ready to get on the bus. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers parents and their children a variety of great tips for improving safety when getting on, getting off and riding the bus to school.

After a School Bus Accident

After any kind of automobile or school bus accident, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Even seemingly minor accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries and other types of injuries. A medical evaluation and treatment of injuries needs to be your first step after a school bus accident.

The whole team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC wishes the students full and speedy recoveries from their injuries.

January 23, 2015

Football Players Arrested for Disorderly Conduct

Just after midnight on Thursday, two Ole Miss football players were arrested for disorderly conduct. There's no word on the circumstances of the arrests, but according to WJTV News Channel 12, they were arrested and booked in Lafayette County.

Safety Trae Elston and receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct late that evening. Elston was also charged with resisting arrest. Very few details have been released about the incident, but we do know that as of noon the next day, they were still in jail.

Disorderly Conduct Arrest

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Call the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 today for experienced representation.

January 23, 2015

Jackson Drug Bust

At least two people were arrested in connection with a Hinds County drug bust. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the drug bust went down last Tuesday evening in an alley on North State Street. Apparently, more than $30,000 worth of drugs were seized during the bust. There was reportedly cocaine, methamphetamines and marijuana. Although very few details have been released about the bust, the suspects are facing possession and intent to distribute charges. This was a joint-task force bust by the Hinds County Sheriff's Office and the Jackson Police Narcotic Department.

Possession and Intent to Distribute

Felony drug charges are nothing to take lightly. Under the best of circumstances, they can leave a lasting impact on your life. Getting in touch with a proven criminal defense attorney needs to be your first priority after an arrest. Don't count on the public defender either. He or she does not have the time or resources to dedicate to your freedom. With the War on Drugs and Mandatory Minimum laws, even relatively small quantities of certain drugs can get you thrown into prison for years or decades.

Mandatory Minimums

Mandatory minimum laws take the judge's discretion out of the equation. These laws are designed to lock people up, regardless of circumstances or prior records. Even first time offenders can get stiff sentences. It doesn't matter if the crime was non-violent either. If drugs are involved, you could be facing serious penalties. If you used a gun during the crime, you could also be facing an additional five years.

Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

Whether you've been arrested for possession of pot or intent to distribute cocaine, speaking with a criminal defense attorney needs to be your next step. Don't talk to the cops or volunteer any information until you've spoken to your lawyer. You have the right not to incriminate yourself. Exercise it. Let your lawyer handle the details and worry about keeping you out of jail. Ultimately, your lawyer's goal will be to get you cleared of all charges. Contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation today.

January 16, 2015

Four Arrested for Carjacking

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, four people were arrested in connection with at least three carjackings that happened around Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Malcolm Henderson, Quindarius Love, Dontario Rosell and Marlon Perry were arrested. Very few details have been released on why these four people were arrested, but law enforcement apparently said they were able to obtain reliable information connecting them to three separate armed carjacking incidents.

These suspects may also be facing additional charges, and WJTV News Channel 12 also reports that there may be more arrests associated with these crimes. Car jacking is a very serious offense in Mississippi. First, it is considered a violent offense so the benefits granted to a non-violent person in prison are not granted to someone who commits a violent crime. Next, car jacking without a weapon carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison and a $5,000.00 dollar fine or both. A car jacking with a weapon carries up to a $10,000.00 dollar fine and up to 30 years in prison or both.If it is your second offense, the penalty is doubled.

I am amazed at how little value people place on their own life. Stealing a car by violence or the use of a deadly weapon is going to put a person in prison for a long, long time. Is it really worth it? Of course not, that is a rhetorical question. Hard work may not get you every thing you want as fast as you want, but crime will put you somewhere fast where you won't want to go.

If you or a loved one is facing carjacking charges, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your defense. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC can be reached at (601) 948-1600. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have a combined experience level equal to about a 100 years. Their experience is real experience helping doctors, lawyers, judges, politicians, and hundreds upon hundreds of working men and women who made a mistake and got into trouble with the law. Put their real experience at work for you. Call 601-948-1600 or send them an e mail through their website.

January 16, 2015

Lincoln County Pedestrian Injured

On Wednesday night, a pedestrian was struck and injured in Lincoln County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on Highway 51 near Argyel Trail. For currently unknown reasons, a Nissan Maxima struck 37-year-old Amber Ard. She was swiftly transported to UMC for treatment of serious injuries. The driver of the Maxima did not report any injuries, and there are very few details on how this collision could have happened.

No Word on Pedestrian's Current Condition

There's no word on the pedestrian's current condition or the extent of her injuries. No information was released on whether or not the driver was cited in this incident either. This crash is likely still under investigation with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Pedestrian Safety in Jackson

Pedestrian safety needs to be a top priority for motorists in and around Jackson. Sharing the road and making a commitment to distraction-free driving are two great ways to improve safety for all roadway users. Whether you're looking out for cyclists and walkers or sharing the road with motorcycles, it's absolutely essential to put down the phone and pay attention to the road.

Pedestrian Facts Across the U.S.

• In 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in crashes.
• One pedestrian was killed every two hours.
• Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a crash on each trip.
• A pedestrian is injured every seven minutes.
• Pedestrians ages 65 years old and older accounted for 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths and 9 percent of all pedestrian injuries in 2012.
• In 2012, more than one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 who were killed in car crashes were pedestrians.

After a Pedestrian Accident

After any type of pedestrian accident, your first priority needs to be your health. Whether you were transported to the hospital from the scene or you visited the doctor days later, you need to get your medical needs addressed. Before you make any statement to an insurance adjuster for the person or company that his you, you need to contact a skilled personal injury attorney. Although very few details were released about the Wednesday night collision, the team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC wishes the injured pedestrian a full and speedy recovery from her injuries.

The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have decades of experience helping people who are seriously injured because some person or company did not follow the rules of safety. The attorneys know from experience that a person who is seriously injured will only have one opportunity to get a full and fair award of damages (money) for the harm and loss they experienced. If you only have one opportunity to be treated fairly, don't you want that one opportunity to be handled and guided by attorneys who have recovered millions for their past injured clients? If you have been seriously injured call the attorneys at Coxwell & Associates at 601-948-1600 or contact them through their website. Don't trust your "one chance" to a lawyer who uses silly gimmicks in his television ads. Talk to the career driven attorneys at Coxwell & Associates.

January 9, 2015

Drug Arrest in Rankin County

Officials Seized 17 Pounds of Cocaine

On Wednesday, January 7, 2015, a law enforcement task force seized 17 pounds of cocaine during a traffic stop in Rankin County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at about 4:00 p.m. on Interstate 20, near mile marker 62.

Traffic Stop Turned Drug Bust

Very few details have been released, but we do know that a red Chevrolet pickup truck was pulled over for a traffic violation, and the driver, Adrian Rojas-Jaimes, was arrested. Apparently, the deputies suspected the vehicle had drugs or contraband and searched the vehicle. They reportedly found 17 pounds of cocaine, estimated to be worth about $250,000 wholesale or about $700,000 street value. Multiple agencies handled this arrest.

Cocaine and Drug Arrests in Jackson

This wasn't a small amount of cocaine. Although WJTV News Channel 12 reported that Rojas-Jaimes was charged with possession, he's likely facing additional charges on top of that. It's not a stretch to see somebody in this type of situation also charged with intent to distribute or additional similar charges. This isn't a small-time misdemeanor case.

Felony Drug Charges

Any more than 0.1 grams of cocaine, and you could be facing felony charges. This means you're looking at one year in jail, minimum. With mandatory minimums and the War on Drugs, you could be facing an extensive amount of time behind bars. Felony charges don't just go away either, you need to have a skilled criminal defense attorney on your side for the best possible outcome. If you were busted during a traffic stop, your attorney is going to do everything possible to determine if the stop and search were conducted legally. Getting your case thrown out needs to be your lawyer's top priority.

When to Call a Lawyer

When it comes to felony drug charges, don't rest your fate in the hands of a busy, overburdened public defense attorney. He or she will not have the kind of time or resources to devote to your freedom. If you or a loved one is facing felony possession or intent to distribute charges, contact the highly experienced, successful team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a consultation today. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have years of experience helping people. Managing partner Merrida Coxwell has over thirty-five (35) years helping people arrested for criminal offenses and who have been injured in serious accidents. Partner Chuck Mullins has twenty two (22) years helping people arrested or hurt in accidents. Casey Farmer, the newest associate, has adapted to defending people charged with crimes like a duck takes to water. If you want a team with real experience who can show you their experience, rather than an internet lawyer who claims to have experience, contact Coxwell & Associates at 601-948-1600.