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.

January 9, 2015

Semi Truck Crash in Rankin County

On Friday morning, a semi crash in Rankin County had traffic backed up. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the wreck happened on Star Road at about 9:40 a.m. Officials with the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) were swiftly on the scene of this two-vehicle wreck.

Apparently, a Ford Expedition hit the big rig as it was headed west on Star Road crossing over Highway 49. The Expedition reportedly ran a red light prior to striking the large commercial truck. The driver of the Expedition was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries. Thankfully, no other injuries were reported.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a semi truck, contact the skilled personal injury team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation today. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have a combined 114 years helping people who are seriously injured in auto and big truck accidents or who are seriously injured in other ways when some company or other person does not follow the rules of safety. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have real experience helping injured people recover the fair amount of damages (money) they deserve for the harm and loss they suffered. The attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in verdicts or settlements for the people they represent. Call for a free consultation at 601-948-1600.

December 26, 2014

Mississippi Teenager's Death Might Have Been Caused by GM's Faulty Ignition Switch

right-hand-drive-steering-whee-267179-m-2.jpgEarlier this year, GM issued a recall of millions of vehicles around the world based on a faulty ignition switch. The ignition switch in the recalled cars inadvertently switches out of the "on" position. This results in a loss of power to the car's electrical components and airbags failing to deploy. The driver loses power steering as well as control of the car, and both the people in the car and people on the road are at risk of serious injury or even death.

GM also created a compensation fund for those injured or the families of those killed based on some of the recalls. A compensation expert created the claims process for the fund and has been administering it. From about 2,236 claims so far, GM has approved 42 death claims and 58 injury claims. Fifty-seven of these people have received settlement offers, and 22 have been paid.

Recently, a family discovered that a Mississippi teenager's death in 2009 might have been connected to a faulty GM ignition switch. Jessica Taylor was 19 and heading home on I-55 with her fiancé for Labor Day. The car left the road and flipped several times. The airbags didn't deploy. Neither Taylor nor her fiancé were wearing seatbelts, and Taylor was thrown out of the car 70 feet away. At the time, her fiancé didn't know what had happened, although he searched the scene for clues. She was driving an '06 Chevy Cobalt that was recalled this year by General Motors, along with a number of other models, because of its faulty ignition switches.

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December 23, 2014

Four Dead in Lexington Crash

Over the weekend, four people were killed and one person was injured in a one-vehicle wreck in the Lexington area. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the wreck happened on Highway 17, just a few miles south of the Acona Community at about 9:30 a.m. For currently unknown reasons, the automobile veered off of the road and into a ditch on the right side of the highway. The car then crossed a creek, hit an embankment and rolled several times.

Four Killed and One Injured On Highway 17

The driver, 31-year-old Ledetric McGee, was the only survivor of the crash. The four passengers, 29-year-old Jorel Johnson, 26-year-old Shamar Walden, 30-year-old Tyrone Williams and 34-year-old Royce Mayze, were all ejected from the vehicle and died on the scene. McGee had to be airlifted to University Medical Center for treatment of injuries. Very few details about this crash have been released, as it is likely still under investigation. There's no word on why the car initially veered off of the roadway or if any of the passengers were buckled up at the time of the crash.

Holiday Crashes

With more people traveling on the roads, the holidays can be a dangerous time of year for commuters. In addition to travelers taking to the roadways, more people are celebrating with alcohol, making this time of year particularly deadly. Passenger vehicle occupants can improve their safety by always buckling up, for every trip, no matter how short. Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself in the event of a crash.

Seat Belt Safety Facts

• In 2012, seat belts saved an estimated 12,174 lives across the U.S.
• An additional estimated 3,031 lives could have been saved in 2012 if all unrestrained vehicle occupants ages five and older had been buckled up at the time of their crash.
• From 2008-2012, seat belts saved almost 63,000 lives across the country.

The lasted update listed McGee's condition as fair, but there's no word on the extent of injuries involved. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC sends their deepest heartfelt condolences to the family members and friends of Johnson, Walden, Williams and Mayze. We also wish a speedy and full recovery for McGee.

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December 23, 2014

Jackson Man Wanted for Murder and Aggravated Assault

Law enforcement officers in Jackson are currently trying to locate a suspect who is wanted for murder and aggravated assault. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 19-year-old James Christopher Hunter II was shot and killed near the intersection of Robinson Road and Loflin Drive over the weekend. Another person with Hunter was also injured during the shooting incident and was placed on life support at UMC.

Very few details of the case have been released, but we do know that police officers are looking for Lovell Sheriff in connection with the murder and aggravated assault. If you or a loved one is facing murder charges or felony aggravated assault charges, contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to make sure your rights are being protected.

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December 19, 2014

Fatal DUI Crashes in Mississippi

WJTV News Channel 12 recently reported on the fatal crashes happening across Mississippi during the month of December. Already, from December 12 to December 14, there have been 11 possible crash deaths, which is 8 more than this time last year. The holiday season is notorious for an increase in deadly and injury-causing crashes across the country. Not only are there more commuters and travelers on the roadways, more people are having holiday celebrations with alcohol this time of the year. It's a dangerous mix, which means that the roadways are not as safe as they are during other times of the year.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Local and state law enforcement agencies will be stepping up their efforts to catch drunk drivers this season. In addition to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" national ad campaigns, additional officers will be dispatched over the holidays to increase visibility and enhance enforcement.

The Facts on DUI's and Crash Fatalities

• During the 2012 holiday season (December 12-31), 1,698 people were killed in crashes across the U.S.
• Nearly a third of those fatalities occurred in drunk driving related wrecks.
• On Christmas day in 2012, 26 people were killed by impaired drivers.
• In December of 2012, 830 people were killed by drunk drivers.
• In 2012, 33,561 people died in motor vehicle crashes across the U.S.

If You Have Been Arrested for DUI

If you've been arrested for DUI this holiday season, contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Depending upon the circumstances, you could be facing jail time and hefty fines. If injuries are involved, cases can quickly become complicated.

If You Have been Injured in a Drunk Driving Accident

Victims of drunk driving accidents also need legal representation. Car accidents involving criminal charges can also quickly become complicated. You need an attorney who understands the civil and criminal legal systems. Your lawyer can stay on top of investigations, and make sure your rights are being protected. Don't count on being "in good hands" with your insurance company either. Let your personal injury lawyer handle the details, while you focus on spending time with your family and feeling better after your accident.

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December 19, 2014

Fatal Semi Truck Crash in Vicksburg

Earlier this week, a semi truck crash took the life of a woman in Vicksburg. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened in the eastbound lanes of I-20, near mile marker 2. At this time, very few details have been released about the fatal crash, but we do know that 42-year-old Andrea Thomas was killed.

For currently unknown reasons, an 18-wheeler crossed over the median and struck Thomas' car. The driver of the big rig did suffer from minor injuries. There's no word on why the large truck crossed the median. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Andrea Thomas.

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December 15, 2014

Multi-vehicle Accidents in Mississippi

car-crash-274334-m-3.jpgRecently, a tractor-trailer slammed into 11 cars that were stopped on a Mississippi coastal highway and killed a 49-year-old father and his 18-year-old daughter as well as two Louisiana men, ages 23 and 21. Four others were injured. A man was driving a Toyota Tundra that was pulling a trailer carrying computer equipment and lost control of the vehicle. The driver overcorrected, and the equipment spilled all over the interstate. Traffic stalled, and an 18-wheeler crashed into the stopped vehicles, affecting nine other vehicles. The scene was described as "overwhelming" and spanned about a quarter-mile of the eastbound lanes on the highway.

The debris and glass were strewn across the interstate. The crews cleared the road. The sheriff redirected traffic, and multiple emergency responders reported to the accident. The firefighters had to remove the bodies of the deceased and other accident victims using a Jaws of Life. The accident remains under investigation, and a reconstruction specialist will have to assess the accident to determine the cause of all the injuries. When tractor-trailers are involved in an accident, the resulting injuries are often devastating due to the size and weight of these vehicles.

Establishing fault in a multi-vehicle accident can be complex and challenging. Although the driver who spilled items on the road is probably at fault, other drivers including the tractor-trailer driver may bear some responsibility. Those injured in the accident can sue the responsible party if they can prove negligence. To prove negligence, they must show the defendant's duty, a breach of duty, causation, and damages. Mississippi is a pure comparative negligence state, which means that the plaintiff's own negligence does not bar his or her recovery, but damages will be reduced in proportion to the plaintiff's negligence.

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December 12, 2014

Deadly Shooting on Primos Avenue

On Thursday evening, an apparent domestic dispute left one man dead on Primos Avenue. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime after 8:00 p.m. in the 800 block of Primos Avenue. Although very few details have been released, we know that 29-year-old Mario Tarrio was shot and killed inside of a house. At this time, his cousin, Melvin Tarrio, is being treated as a suspect. There's no word on whether or not any charges have been filed or what the motive could have been.

Incident Still Under Investigation with Authorities

According to the Jackson Police Department (JPD), the investigation is ongoing. Since we don't know the circumstances of what happened inside of the house, there's no telling if and when charges will be filed. At this time, it's also unclear what the struggle was about or which of the two men originally produced the gun.

Homicide Charges in Mississippi

The State of Mississippi takes murder and homicide incredibly serious. If convicted, you could be facing harsh sentences including up to life in prison with or without parole or even the death penalty. In addition to lengthy prison sentences, you could also be facing hefty fines. The best possible outcome of your case starts with contacting a proven criminal defense lawyer to advise and represent you during the lengthy and complicated legal process.

When to Call a Defense Lawyer

If you have been arrested and charged with murder, you need to call an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. No matter what the circumstances of your individual case were, proven and skilled representation is an absolute necessity. In Mississippi, people who are accused of murder could be facing up to life in prison or even the death penalty. Whether you've been charged or you've just been named as a suspect, getting in touch with a lawyer needs to be your first priority. Don't count on an overburdened public defender to have the time or resources available to aggressively defend your rights. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC send their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of Mario Tarrio.