pen writing over stampForgery is a specific kind of fraud. It is the process of making, adapting, or imitating objects, statistics or documents with the intent to deceive. Forgery can include the sale of those forged documents or goods, or the use of a forged trademark from a legitimate business. Forgery investigations are very complex, and can last for many months. The long list of white collar crimes include forgery. Forgery, and other crimes like it generally involve stealing money through the use of deception.

Forgery differs from a blue collar crime such as burglary—which also involves theft—in that there is seldom a threat of physical force, rather money is illegally obtained via financial transaction. Many forgery and other white collar crimes cross state borders, therefore may be federal crimes which are investigated by the FBI. Both federal courts and Mississippi courts have serious penalties for forgery. Examples of forgery include:

  • Generating a fake identification card or driver’s license;

cocaine powderIn the state of Mississippi—as in most states—the primary differences between drug possession charges and drug trafficking charges is the amount of the illegal substance in your possession, as well as whether you crossed a state line with the substance in your possession. The next major difference between the two charges is the severity of the penalties.

A drug trafficking conviction can have severe enough penalties to completely alter the course of your life. A more specific comparison of the two charges includes:

  • Drug Possession—You can be charged with drug possession if you have, on your person or in close proximity, an illicit substance. If you are caught using an illegal drug you could be charged with possession, or if the drugs are in your possession or in a place you could reasonably be expected to have access to (the glove box of your car, under the bed in your home), you could be charged with possession. Penalties for drug possession are likely to be much lighter, than for drug trafficking, with fines, rehabilitation programs and potentially a jail sentence.

cocaine and illegal drugsDrug possession charges, even for non-violent, first-time offenders can have serious lifelong implications. Thanks to mandatory minimums and the war on drugs, non-violent drug offenders in Mississippi and around the nation are locked up in dangerous and violent correctional facilities.

If you’ve been arrested, you need to understand your options and your rights. If you or somebody you love has been arrested and charged with drug possession, there are a few points to consider. First and foremost, it’s essential to exercise your right to remain silent. Always remember to stay calm, and ask to contact your attorney, as soon as possible.

You Have the Right to Remain Silent

jackson mississippiEarlier this week, 12 people were arrested in a drug bust in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, this was part of a special operation initially conducted from May 11-13, 2016. Certain hotels in the area were targeted for this joint operation.

Although very few details about the drug bust were released, we do know that law enforcement officers with the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics were involved in the bust. Charges included possession of meth, marijuana and PCP.

Drug convictions can have terrible long term effects on a person’s life. A conviction could mean the loss of the right to hold office, the loss of the right to have a professional license, the loss of federal benefits, the inability to obtain good employment, just to mention a few of the negative collateral consequences of a drug conviction.

talcum powder johnsonsIn 2013, with the promise of spring just around the corner, Jacqueline Fox noticed her poodle, Dexter, was acting strangely. The dog would jump on Fox, cry if she left him, for even a moment, and stayed close to her side whenever possible. Fox thought there was perhaps something wrong with Dexter, but before she could take the dog to a vet, she saw a show about dogs who could sense their person was unwell. At 59 years old, Jacqueline generally felt pretty good, despite having high blood pressure, diabetes and a touch of arthritis. With Dexter continuing to act strangely, however, Fox decided to have a checkup, “just in case.”

Little more than a week after Fox’s dog began acting odd, she received a dismaying diagnosis of ovarian cancer. Fox went through surgical procedures to remove her fallopian tubes, ovaries, uterus, and even part of her colon and spleen. Fox then endured the rigors of chemotherapy. At home one day, Fox saw a television ad which suggested using J & J baby powder with talc over a long period of time could potentially raise a woman’s risk of ovarian cancer. In her depositions, Fox noted she had been shaking J & J baby powder with talc on her underwear practically every day since she was in her teenage years as a method of staying “fresh and clean.” Marvin Salter, Fox’s son, was bewildered, saying “It has to be safe. It’s put on babies. It’s been around forever.”

Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $72 Million in Wrongful Death Case

man in handcuffsOver the weekend, a man in Jackson was arrested and charged with domestic aggravated assault. Although very few details about this case have been released, we do know that a local man was arrested and accused of shooting his wife. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 54-year-old Tony Hampton allegedly shot his wife in the leg.

For a portion of time on Saturday, he was considered “at large.” When law enforcement officers arrested him, he was charged with domestic aggravated assault. Simple and aggravated assault charges are prohibited by Mississippi Code Annotated, Section 97-3-7.

Thankfully, his wife’s injury was not considered life threatening. No information has been released on whether or not any additional charges have been made in this case. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, contact Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

18 wheeler truck in the USAfter being involved in an 18 wheeler crash, it’s understandable you want to get your compensation quickly. Being involved in a crash with an 18 wheeler truck can be a devastating experience. Any personal injury you’ve suffered and the financial damages can be expensive.

When the accident was not your fault, you should not have to be suffering with a financial burden. There are ways to speed up the compensation process so you don’t have to be left waiting months, or even years, for your claim to be settled. It’s important you avoid making any accidents that will damage your compensation claim.

This is what you can do to help your compensation claim run smoothly and quickly.

people reacting to car crashWhen you’ve been involved in an auto accident in Mississippi, it’s important to find out if you are entitled to compensation. Being involved in a car crash can result in financial costs for vehicle repairs and taking time off work to recover. There is also the cost of medical fees from any physical injuries you’ve suffered. It’s not fair you should suffer the consequences if you were not responsible for causing the accident.

There are ways to determine if you are due compensation for a car crash.

1. The car accident was not your fault

talcum powderLess than three months after Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million for a case in which a woman died from ovarian cancer after using J & J powders with talc, the pharmaceutical giant has suffered a second setback.

Following a three-week trial, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri awarded Gloria Ristesund $55 million after she developed ovarian cancer in 2011. Ristesund had used Johnson & Johnson baby powder and Shower to Shower powder with talc for more than 35 years prior to her diagnosis.

Ristesund’s attorneys told the jury that after receiving her diagnosis of ovarian cancer she was forced to undergo a hysterectomy as well as several more surgeries related to the cancer.

talcum powderWith Johnson & Johnson just losing their second talcum powder trial, the focus on whether talcum powder can potentially lead to ovarian cancer, is increasing daily. In February a jury awarded $72 million in a wrongful death suit against Johnson & Johnson after Jackie Fox died from ovarian cancer. Fox had used J & J baby powder with talc as well as J & J Shower to Shower with talc for feminine hygiene for over thirty-five years.

While some studies appear to definitively link the use of talcum powder with ovarian cancer, others are less conclusive. Johnson & Johnson continues to maintain their powders containing talc are safe, therefore did not require a warning to consumer.

Meta-Analysis of Studies on Ovarian Cancer and Talc