May 21, 2015

Robbery Arrest in Jackson

On Tuesday, a woman was arrested in connection with a robbery at the Regional Bank at 1455 Jacksonian Plaza. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 40-year-old Latina M. Younger was arrested and charged with bank robbery. She allegedly used a note to demand money from a bank teller. Although she apparently fled on foot, law enforcement officers apprehended her at the Venture Car Wash in Jackson, shortly after the robbery took place.

Robbery Charges in Jackson

Although very few case details have been released, we do know that she was interviewed at the station and charged with bank robbery. If you or somebody you love is facing bank robbery charges in or around the Jackson Metro area, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation.

May 21, 2015

Fatal Crash on I-20

Early Thursday morning, there was a fatal crash on I-20. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened near the Bolton exit. At this time, very few details have been released about the wreck, but we do know that 68-year-old Richard Atkinson died in the crash. Apparently a white GMC Envoy was headed eastbound when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The automobile then ran off the roadway. Running onto the median, the driver overcorrected the vehicle and it overturned.

Fatal Crash Still Under Investigation

Atkinson was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and he was ejected from the vehicle. We don't know if any other people were involved in the crash or why the driver of the car initially lost control of the vehicle. At this time, the crash is still under investigation with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Click It or Ticket

Tragically, this wreck has happened right in the middle of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) "Click It or Ticket" campaign. In addition to increased enforcement across the nation, the NHTSA is hoping to raise awareness about the dangers associated with failing to buckle up. The Memorial Day weekend holiday is particularly well known for an increase in injury-causing and fatal accidents, so motorists are encouraged to buckle up and drive safe.

U.S. Seat Belt Usage Facts

• The current national seat belt use rate is at 87 percent.
• That means there are still about 27.5 million people who aren't buckling up.
• In 2012, seat belts save an estimated 12,174 people across the country.
• Between 2008 and 2012, seat belts saves an estimated 63,000 lives.

Seat Belt Safety in Jackson

Seat belt safety awareness needs to be a top priority in Jackson and across the state. Raising awareness about the dangers associated with not buckling up is essential for increasing seat belt usage. There are still about 27.5 million lives at risk across the nation. You can't help what other drivers are doing, but you can buckle up.

The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends or Richard Atkinson and wishes everybody safe travels during Memorial Day weekend.

May 14, 2015

Pedestrian Injured by Semi Truck

Over the weekend, a pedestrian was struck and seriously injured by a semi truck in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime around 3:00 p.m., near the intersection of Gallatin and West Streets. At this time, very few details have been released, but we do know that the victim was unresponsive on the scene. He was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment of severe injuries.

Big Rig Hits Pedestrian in Jackson

There's no word on how this wreck happened or if the truck driver has been cited in any way. The cause of this crash is likely still under investigation. They identity of the victim hasn't been announced. Also, no details about the extent of injuries involved or his current condition have been released.

Pedestrian Safety in Jackson

In 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed on U.S. roads. Additionally, an estimated 69,000 pedestrians were injured. Pedestrian safety needs to be a top priority for motorists in and around the Jackson Metro area. Pedestrians are a vulnerable roadway user group, and they're counting on the safety and vigilance of motorists.

Accidents Involving 18-Wheelers

Accidents involving 18-wheelers and other commercial trucks can also be devastating for other drivers, pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders. They are much larger and heaver than other vehicles on the road, so truck drivers and trucking companies have additional rules and regulations to follow to ensure safety for everybody on the road. Since there are federal regulations involved, truck accident investigations can take much longer than accident investigations involving traditional passenger occupant vehicles.

When to Call a Personal Injury Attorney

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a crash involving a semi truck, contact the skilled lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate free consultation. Since most truck accident cases involve additional investigative efforts, it's important to have somebody on your team who can keep up-to-date with developments. Additionally, if you have been injured in a pedestrian accident, it's also a good idea to speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

May 14, 2015

Burglary Arrests in Clinton

Earlier this week, two people were arrested in connection with recent burglaries in Clinton. According to WJTV News Channel 12, an unidentified minor and 18-year-old Paul Covington have been charged with two counts of burglary. The burglaries in question reportedly happened at local churches.

At this time, very few details about the investigation or the arrests have been released. We do know that the two suspects are being accused of burglarizing both the Parkway Baptist Church and Providence Presbyterian Church.

If you or somebody you love is facing burglary charges in or around the Jackson area, contact the skilled criminal defense attorneys at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

May 7, 2015

"Black Boxes" for Big Rigs

Some semi trucks in Mississippi will soon be outfitted with "black box" devices, similar to those used in airplanes. According to WAPT News Channel 16, the data collected could help investigators and commercial trucking company owners determine what's going on behind the wheel prior to an accident. The data will show whether or not a brake or clutch was applied at a certain time or in some vehicles, whether or not steering was used prior to the crash. This data could give investigators clues as to what happened during the moments leading up to a potentially injury-causing or fatal semi truck accident.

1,400 Semi Truck Crashes in Mississippi

In 2014, there were almost 1,400 wrecks involving commercial trucking vehicles across the State of Mississippi. At this time, investigators are learning how to analyze the data so that they will be able to determine what's going on behind the wheel in the event of a review. This black box could help to hold negligent, careless and dangerous big-rig drivers accountable for their actions.

Accidents Involving Commercial Trucks

Semi truck crashes can be devastating for victims in smaller vehicles, like cars and light trucks. Even a seemingly minor accident involving a semi truck can leave victims in the hospital, or worse. Additionally, accidents involving semi trucks often require additional investigative efforts. Commercial truck drivers and trucking companies have to follow federal rules and regulations for safe operation on U.S. roadways. Since these trucks are so much larger and heaver than traditional passenger occupant vehicles, drivers have to follow all federal regulations to ensure safety of other drivers and passenger occupants on the roadways.

When to Call a Truck Accident Lawyer

After any accident involving a big rig, it's a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney. There could be multiple investigative agencies involved, including the federal government. Your attorney can stay on top of developments in federal, state and local investigations.

If you have been injured, or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a semi truck, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

May 7, 2015

Vicksburg Marijuana Arrest

A woman in Vicksburg is now facing drug charges after a search and subsequent arrest by the Vicksburg Police Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 33-year-old LaToya Mitchell has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Very few details have been released, but she was allegedly found to have two pounds of marijuana in her possession.

Although this was a joint arrest by two different law enforcement agencies, we don't know why Mitchell was searched or any other details about her case. At this time, she is being held on a $10,000 bond at the Warren County Jail.

If you or a loved one is facing charges related to marijuana possession or distribution, you need to speak with a proven criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Thanks to the War on Drugs and mandatory minimums, even first-time non-violent offenders can do hard time.

April 29, 2015

Firefighter Injured in Crash

Last Month, a volunteer firefighter in Monterey was injured when the fire truck he was on overturned. According to WJTV News Channel 12, he is still under medical care. Volunteer firefighter Ben Haskins was on the fire engine when it overturned on the way to an emergency call. The wreck happened on Highway 469. Haskins reportedly suffered from multiple traumatic injuries in the wreck.

Although there's no word on his current condition, he has undergone several surgeries and is reportedly improving every day. The VFW recently hosted a fundraising event for him too.

If you or somebody you love has been injured in some type of car or truck accident, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation.

April 29, 2015

Aggravated Assault in Hattiesburg

At least two people are wanted in associate with an aggravated assault that took place in Hattiesburg over the weekend. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on Eagle Drive. Apparently, there was some type of altercation that escalated to a shooting. Although very few details have been released, we do know that authorities are looking for Damion Robertson and Randall Bridges in connection with this incident.

Assault Versus Aggravated Assault in Mississippi

Whether you've just been arrested or a friend or family member is facing assault charges, you may be wondering what the difference between assault and aggravated assault is. In most cases, aggravated assault typically involves weapons or some kind of escalation of violence. Simple assault charges might involve minor fisticuffs, pushing somebody or grabbing somebody. Cases involving weapons, guns, knives or any type of object used as a weapon will quickly escalate the charge from simple to aggravated. Listed below are a few different types of aggravated assault.

Different Types of Aggravated Assault

• Using a weapon of any kind
• Using an ordinary object as a weapon
• Shooting
• Injuring somebody very badly whether a weapon was used or not
• Stabbing
• Using a car as a weapon
• Using a stick or bat to strike somebody with

Felony Charges in Mississippi

If a weapon was used or serious bodily injury has occurred, you're likely facing aggravated assault charges. It's important to note that these will be felony charges. This means you could do a minimum of one year in a federal prison. Depending upon the severity and details of your particular case, you could be facing an extensive length of time behind bars, if convicted. Your first order of business needs to be contacting an experienced and proven criminal defense attorney.

When to Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney

After any arrest, it's a good idea to contact a criminal defense attorney before you begin speaking with law enforcement. You have the right to remain silent, exercise it. If you or somebody you love is facing assault or aggravated assault charges in Jackson or the surrounding areas, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

April 23, 2015

18-Wheeler Crash in Jackson

Earlier this week, a semi truck crashed on 1-20 in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened in a westbound lane of 1-20, near the Warren/Hinds County line. For currently unknown reasons, the truck driver lost control of the large vehicle and it went down an embankment.

The driver did sustain minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital for treatment. At this time, very few details have been released and we still don't know why the truck driver lost control of the big rig. Thankfully, this appears to have been a one-vehicle crash.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a crash involving a semi truck, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

April 23, 2015

Three Arrested for Growing Marijuana

At least three people were arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in Jones County this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the arrests went down on Monday as the Jones County Sheriff's Deputies executed a search warrant. Apparently, they searched a house on Sharon Moss Road and found an indoor marijuana growing operation. Christopher Michael Williams, Jeffery Williams and Melissa Wells were arrested in connection with the grow operation.

$10,000 to $15,000 in Marijuana

This search was reportedly part of an ongoing investigation that was initially started back in January. The search and seizure included approximately $10,000 to $15,000 worth of pot, cash, scales, vaporizers, fertilizers, lamps, humidifiers and other types of grow paraphernalia. WJTV News Channel 12 also reports that similar vaporizers were recently confiscated in local high schools too. Law enforcement officials also claim to have seized information with the names of customers as well.

Marijuana Possession, Distribution and Growing Arrests

Although progressive legislation involving the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is sweeping the country, possession, distribution and manufacturing (growing) marijuana is still illegal in Mississippi. If you're facing any kind of charges involving marijuana, you need to speak with a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible about your case. Draconian drug laws including mandatory minimums mean that even first-time, non-violent offenders can face years or decades in prison. What's going on in other parts of the country doesn't have anything to do with your particular case. Having an experienced and proven criminal defense attorney on your side will be your best asset during a difficult time.

After a Marijuana Grow Arrest

Speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney after a marijuana grow arrest needs to be your number-one priority. You need somebody with the experience and case results to back up their claims. These aren't simple misdemeanor charges. You could be facing a lengthy prison sentence and extensive fines.

If you or somebody you love has been arrested in connection with a marijuana grow operation, call the skilled and proven criminal defense attorneys at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation.

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.