April 16, 2015

18-Wheeler Crash

On Tuesday morning, a semi truck driver was arrested and charged with drunk driving following a wreck on I-55. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the wreck happened at about 11:00 am., near the Wynndale Road exit. Apparently, a tire blew out on the large tractor trailer. The driver then lost control of the 18-wheeler and it overturned in the median. The crash had northbound and southbound lanes closed as crews worked to clear the scene.

Truck Driver Arrested for DUI

Officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol report that the big rig driver, a 35-year-old, was suspected to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. He is now facing charges of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. There's no word on whether or not any other vehicles were involved or if the driver or anybody else was injured in this crash.

Crashes Involving Big Rigs in Jackson

Crashes involving semi trucks and other large commercial vehicles can be devastating for victims in smaller passenger vehicles. Since 18-wheelers are so much larger and heavier than traditional vehicles, they have additional rules and regulations to follow in order to keep roads safe for all motorists. If drivers or commercial trucking owners aren't found to be following all required federal safety regulations, they can be held liable for damages associated with crashes. Since driver fatigue is so dangerous, there are hours-of-service rules and strict drug rules to ensure safety for everybody on U.S. roadways.

Jackson Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured if or you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a commercial trucking vehicle, you need to speak with an experienced and proven personal injury attorney as soon as possible. There are a variety or federal regulations involved with the safe and lawful operation of a big rig, so investigations can be lengthy and in depth. Your lawyer can keep up with official developments and make sure your rights are being protected.

After an accident involving a tractor trailer, contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

April 16, 2015

60 Years for Marijuana Conviction

A man was recently sentenced to 60 years for possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 36-year-old Kendal Deval Martin was sentenced to 60 years without the possibility of probation, parole or early release. Since Martin is considered a 'habitual and subsequent' drug offender, he will have to serve the entire sentence, effectively spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Possession with Intent to Distribute

Depending upon the amount of certain types of drugs, suspects could be facing possession with intent to distribute charges. Basically, if you have a larger amount than what is considered for 'personal use,' you could be charged with intent to distribute.

If you or somebody you love is facing drug possession or distribution charges, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 today.

April 9, 2015

Woman Convicted for Drug Possession

Earlier this week, a woman has been sentenced in a Jackson court for possession and intent to distribute. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the conviction was the result of an October of 2013 arrest. Apparently, 34-year-old Mercedes Sanchez was headed to Atlanta, when law enforcement officers with the Richland Police Department stopped her on a routine traffic violation. Her vehicle was searched, and 47 pounds of methamphetamine were discovered. The drugs were found to be 99.8 percent pure.

Maximum Sentence for Drug Conviction

At the time of the arrest, Sanchez was eight and a half months pregnant and had her nine-year-old daughter in the car with her. On January 15, 2015, she was found guilty. WJTV News Channel 12 reports that she has received the statutory maximum sentence, which is 240 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The report also indicated that Sanchez made several trips between the United States and Mexico for more than nine months.

Methamphetamine Possession and Intent to Distribute

Methamphetamine has been considered the new crack cocaine. As with any issue related to the so-called "War on Drugs," penalties and sentences are the harshest where drugs are the cheapest. Heavily criminalizing drugs that are typically used by people in lower socioeconomic categories has made helped to keep privatized prisons filled to the brim. Even non-violent offenders can face years in prison for their first offences. With mandatory minimums and truth in sentencing laws, first-time non-violent offenders have little hope for turning their lives around after a one-time mistake.

What to do After a Drug Arrest

If you've been arrested for methamphetamine possession, contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. You need an attorney with the time and resources to devote to your freedom. Depending upon the amount of drugs involved, you could be facing an extensive and lengthy court process at the federal level. You could also be facing harsh and lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines due to outdated and draconian drug laws.

If you're facing drug possession or distribution charges, contact the experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 as soon as possible.

April 9, 2015

Bicyclist Injured in Magnolia

Over the weekend, a bicyclist was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Magnolia. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on North Clark Street near West Oak Street. Apparently, the car involved was a red SUV. Initial reports indicate that the suspect took off in a northbound direction.

Cyclist Sent to Hospital For Treatment

The victim, Jessie Williams, was rushed to the hospital for treatment. At this time, there's no word on his current condition or the extent of injuries he is facing. Anybody with information is being asked to come forward to the Magnolia Police Department.

After a Bicycle Accident in Jackson

If you or a cyclist you love has been injured in a car accident in or around the Jackson Metro area, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

April 1, 2015

Armed Robbery in Jackson

On Tuesday, a liquor store in Jackson was robbed. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at the Wine & Spirits shop on I-55 North. Apparently, a suspect walked into the liquor store with a gun and demanded money from the clerk. Witness reports indicate that he may have left in a white car, although there is no information on the make or model involved.

Armed Robbery Charges in Jackson

Although no arrests or charges have been made, the suspect could potentially be facing felony armed robbery charges. If you're facing armed robbery charges in or around the Jackson metro area, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a consultation today.

April 1, 2015

Injury Crash in Yazoo County

On Tuesday morning, a two-car crash in Yazoo County sent at least four people to the hospital. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime before 8:15 a.m. on MS 16, near Highway 49. Apparently, a gold Pontiac Torrent was going the wrong way when it hit a Hyundai Sonata. The driver of the Torrent reported feel asleep behind the wheel.

Multiple Injuries in Yazoo Collision

The Hyundai driver had to be airlifted to the hospital, and the Pontiac driver sustained a broken leg. At least two other inured victims were also transported to the hospital for treatment. Multiple lanes were blocked as crews and first responders worked the scene, and traffic was backed up for hours in both directions. At this time the crash is still under investigation with law enforcement authorities.

Drowsy Driving in Jackson

Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as impaired or distracted driving. If you're sleepy behind the wheel, you're at risk for falling asleep behind the wheel. Head-on collisions are commonly seen with drowsy drivers. As drivers begin to doze off, they cross the centerline. If rumble strips fail to rouse them, they can hit oncoming traffic, head on. Very few details were released about the cause of this crash, so there's no word yet on whether or not the driver was on some type of medication or drug that could cause drowsiness or if it was just a case of being too tired to drive safely.

When to call an Accident Attorney

After any type of car accident in Jackson, it's a good idea to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Additional investigative efforts may be required to determine if a driver was drowsy, impaired or distracted behind the wheel. Not all cases are cut and dry. You need a lawyer with proven car accident case experience to represent you. Insurance companies can be difficult to deal with too.

If you have been injured of if you have lost a loved one due to a drowsy driver, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

March 26, 2015

Texting and Driving Ban

Texting while driving has become an epidemic in Mississippi and across the nation. Many states have already enacted distracted driving laws, and now Mississippi has one too. WJTV News Channel 12 recently reported on the new texting while driving ban. This week, Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill into law. The new law will take effect on July 1, 2015 and impact distracted drivers statewide. At this time, law enforcement authorities are contemplating their enforcement options. Motorists will still be allowed to use their GPS and make telephone calls. The ban applies to the sending and receiving of text-based messages.

Enforcement of Texting While Driving Ban

There isn't exactly a breath-test for distracted driving or a 'speed gun.' Other states have been pioneering the use of sophisticated equipment to distinguish text messaging from other types of cell phone functions in automobiles. Law enforcement agencies may have to upgrade department technology to better support enforcement of the new law. Luckily, they have until July first.

Distracted Driving Facts

• In 2012, 3,328 people were killed in distracted driving crashes.
• In 2011, 3,360 people died in distracted driving related wrecks.
• An estimated 421,000 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2012.
• 10 percent of drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were distracted at the time of the crash.

Distracted Driving in Jackson

Distracted drivers in and around the Jackson area put other roadway users in great danger. Research shows that distracted drivers actually have slower reaction times than impaired drivers. Crashes attributed to texting while driving and other distracted driving behaviors are 100 percent preventable.

After an Accident Involving a Distracted Driver

Although law enforcement agencies may not have state-of-the-art text message enforcement technology yet, a lawyer can help you determine if a distracted driver was to blame for your crash. It may be necessary to subpoena phone records to determine if a driver was distracted at the time of the crash. Although it can take additional investigative efforts, it's worth looking into, especially if you're facing extensive medical bills.

If a distracted driver has injured you or somebody you love, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation today.

March 26, 2015

Assault Arrests at JSU

On Monday, two people were arrested in association with a potential road rage incident at Jackson State University (JSU). According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened near the Palisades apartment complex. Apparently, two men and one woman got into some kind of altercation. One of the men brandished a weapon. JUS police officers responded to the scene, and both men were arrested.

Although very few details about how the arrest went down were released, we do know that charges included simple assault and possession of a weapon on school property. If you or a loved one is facing assault or weapons charges, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a consultation today.

March 19, 2015

Workover Rig Flips off I-55

On Wednesday, a workover rig flipped off of an Interstate 55 bridge in Copiah County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime before 9:00 a.m. Apparently, the workover rig flipped off of a bridge and landed on Highway 27. Initail reports indicate that the truck may have had a tire blowout, leading to the driver loosing control. The driver was taken to Hardy Wilson Memorial Hospital in Hazlehurst for treatment for injuries.

Worker Injured in Copiah County

Emergency responders were called to the scene, where the workover rig driver, an employee contracted by Lucky Wells Services, was hurt. His injuries, which included lacerations, were initially described as minor, but there's no word on the full extent of injuries or his current condition after the crash. Although very few details have been released, this appeared to be a one-vehicle crash.

Heavy Machinery Accidents

Accidents involving large pieces of heavy machinery can be devastating for victims. Catastrophic and fatal injuries are not uncommon in heavy machinery accidents. It's important to make sure all safety regulations and maintenance of heavy machinery is followed in order to keep workers and other people safe. It's especially important for worksites near roadways, where commuter traffic is frequent.

Workplace and Job site Injuries

Employers owe their workers a duty of safety on the job site. Safe working environments ensure employees can return home to their families at the end of the workday. Whether you're a contractor or a salaried employee, you deserve to be safe at work. You shouldn't have to deal with pain, medical bills and potentially losing your job because of an injury that wasn't even your fault.

After an Injury on the Worksite

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a worksite accident or heavy machinery crash, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. A personal injury attorney can be your advocate as you begin to recover from the accident.

Contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

March 19, 2015

Methamphetamines Arrests in Mississippi

Earlier this week, two men were arrested on suspicion of meth possession. According to WJTV News Channel 12, two pounds of meth were found inside of a stuffed teddy bear. At this time, we do not know how the teddy bear was associated with 33-year-old Nicholas Ringold and 34-year-old Ronald Vaughn, who were both arrested.

The estimated street value for the confiscated 'ice' is about $100,000. Ringold, from Vicksburg, was charged for possession and intent to sell or distribute and Vaughn, of Picayune, was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to sell or distribute. Additionally, over $3,000 cash was also confiscated during the arrest.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with or without intent to distribute, call the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600.

March 12, 2015

$100K in Cocaine Seized, Three Arrested

Earlier this week, three people were arrested and approximately $100,000 worth of cocaine was seized in a drug bust by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN). According to WJTV News Channel 12, officials also found over $8,900 in cash and four vehicles in the Picayune bust. Gerald Hinton, 50, Draeshund "Lil Dip" Magee, 37, and Joshua Ceaser, 32, were arrested in connection with the drugs.

Although very few details about how the arrests went down have been released, we do know that there was a joint investigation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. At this time, all of the suspects have been charged with conspiracy to distribute.

If you or a loved one is facing drug possession or distribution charges in or around the Jackson area, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have what their past clients call real experience when it comes to defending criminal cases. The attorneys have had success helping people in matters ranging from professionals who got a DUI to some of the most serious cases one can imagine. One only needs to look at the client "thank you" and recommendation section on the Coxwell & Associates website or look at the list or representative cases to see the depth of real experience.

March 12, 2015

Semi Truck Crash in Warren County

On Tuesday morning, a semi truck overturned in Warren County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime around 2:00 a.m. on Interstate 20, near the Bovina/ Tiffintown Road exit. Apparently, the tractor-trailer driver lost control of the large vehicle and it hit a cable barrier in the median and struck a concrete wall. The driver, 41-year-old Jose Martinez, did not report any injuries, but a passenger in the sleeping compartment had to be transported to the River Region Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

Passenger Injured in Semi Truck Crash

Thankfully, no other vehicles were involved in this 18-wheeler crash. Martinez reported that the truck was suffering from mechanical problems at the time of the crash, but there's no word on whether or not the investigation has been concluded. Several lanes of the roadway had to be closed for hours as first responders and crews worked the scene. There's no word on the extent of injuries sustained by the passenger or his or her current condition. Initial reports did indicate minor injuries though.

Tractor Trailer Crashes in Jackson

Crashes involving tractor trailers can be devastating for smaller passenger vehicles and light trucks. Semi trucks are much larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the roads. Because these trucks are so large and heavy, owners and operators have to follow additional rules and regulations for safe operation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has been tasked with regulating the commercial trucking industry. Ultimately, this means that if you were in an accident involving a large commercial truck, investigations may be lengthy and in depth to determine if drivers and trucking company owners were complying with all federal safety regulations.

What to do After a Truck Accident

After an accident involving an 18-wheeler, you need to contact a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case. Multiple investigative agencies might be involved, and you need somebody with experience on your side. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a tractor trailer or semi truck, call the skilled truck accident team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation today. The attorneys have recovered millions of dollars for seriously injured clients to compensate them for the harms and losses they suffered when some person or some company did not follow the rules of safety. When you join the team at Coxwell & Associates you put their real experience to work for you.

March 5, 2015

Jackson Car Break-in Suspects

At least three people are in custody in connection with car break-ins at an apartment complex in Jackson this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Zaccheus Thicklen, Justin Taylor and Christopher Spell have been charged with seven counts of auto burglary. Very few details have been released about the crimes or the subsequent arrests, but we do know that authorities are still trying to locate a fourth suspect.

Car Burglary at Woodridge Apartments

Apparently, a resident at the Woodridge Apartment complex alerted authorities after early morning car break-ins. There was a chase on foot, and law enforcement officers with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) apprehended the three suspects. At this time, they're still trying to find a fourth suspect, and anybody with information is being asked to come forward.

Car Burglaries in Jackson

Car burglaries in Jackson can leave victims and community members understandably shaken up, but that doesn't mean that the accused don't deserve their day in court. In America, you're innocent until proven guilty. This means that suspects in custody or who have been charged and released deserve to have their rights protected and looked after during all investigative processes and court proceedings.

Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Fewer things are more important than your future and your freedom. You can't properly look after or provide for your family if you're in jail or prison. As soon as you've been arrested, you need to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Don't waste valuable time or talk to investigators without proven representation.

When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or somebody you love has been arrested for car burglary in or around the Jackson metro area, you need to call a lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the sooner you can begin working on your defense.

Call the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation today.

March 5, 2015

MDOT's Winter Weather Safety Tips

The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has recently issued a press release about safe driving during winter weather. WJTV News Channel 12 reported on the press release, and how drivers can stay safe during inclement weather this season.

When it's possible, stay off the roads. If you don't have to go out, don't. If you do have to go out, make sure your car is road-ready for the winter weather and exercise additional caution in case of ice, low visibility and other cold-weather conditions.

Safe Driving Tips

• Buckle up
• Slow down
• Allow more distance between vehicles
• Avoid distractions
• Brake early and gently
• Keep your car maintained

What to do After an Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dangerous driver during icy weather conditions, contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation today.

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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