sign that says no trespassingThere are a number of Mississippi property crimes, ranging from trespassing to malicious mischief. Malicious mischief can encompass offenses ranging from vandalism to destruction of property. A person can be charged with trespassing in the state if he or she willfully or maliciously trespasses upon the property of another. Further, trespassing in Mississippi under the enclosed land statute means a person entered another person’s property without his or her consent and after being warned to stay off the property.

Such a warning can come in the form of a personal notice by the person who owns the land or by posting signs on the property which warn others not to trespass. There is a separate Mississippi statute which makes it illegal to remove such a warning sign, or even to deface or alter a trespasser warning sign. A person who originally had consent to enter another’s property, must leave when asked by the owner to do so, or he or she could be charged with trespassing. Basic trespassing charges in Mississippi are charged as misdemeanors, and a conviction for trespassing can bring a sentence of up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Exclusions to Trespassing Crimes

burglaryEarlier this week, a robbery suspect was arrested after a police-chase in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the chase began after an attempted traffic stop. The suspect was driving a Ford F-250 pickup truck that was allegedly involved in a break-in at Southside Auto on Tuesday night. Although very few details have been released about this incident, we do know that the arrest happened in a neighborhood on Savanna Street.

Robbery and Burglary Arrests in Jackson 

Whether you’ve been arrested for residential burglary or robbery with a firearm, you need to speak with a criminal defense lawyer about your case immediately. If you or somebody you love has been arrested for robbery or burglary in the Jackson Metro Area or in any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

robberyIf you’ve never been arrested for either robbery or burglary, you might think they’re the same thing. Although they are similar crimes, they actually have a few very distinct differences. In many cases, robbery, which is considered a violent crime, has more severe penalties. Each case is different, so it’s important to speak with a criminal defense attorney about the unique circumstances surrounding your particular case. Continue reading

auto glassLast weekend, an elderly driver crashed into a restaurant in Crystal Springs. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at Louise’s Open Pit Barbeque on Saturday. The 72-year-old driver reportedly hit the accelerator instead of the brake. His vehicle crashed through the front of the restaurant. There were about 10 people inside at the time of the crash. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported. The restaurant did sustain damage during the wreck.

Pedal Error Crashes
Pedal error crashes can be incredibly devastating. If a driver means to slam on the brakes, but instead slams on the accelerator, there can be serious consequences. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to a dangerous, negligent or distracted driver in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600.

handcuffsLast week, a neighborhood in Jackson was the scene of a drug bust. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at a house on Edwards Avenue. Although very few details about the drug bust have been released, we do know that four people have been arrested and taken into custody. Authorities reportedly confiscated four bags of mid-grade marijuana, codeine and three guns during the operation. They did not disclose how much marijuana was found in the bags. At the time of the news report, law enforcement officers were still conducting a search of the home.

Marijuana Charges in Jackson

Thanks to the War on Drugs and other draconian laws associated with certain controlled substances, it doesn’t take much marijuana to end up with felony charges. More than 30 grams of marijuana means you’re facing felony charges. Depending upon exactly how much marijuana is associated with your case, you could also be facing additional charges that would increase the possible prison sentence, if convicted. Mandatory minimums also mean that there is very little discretion in certain drug cases. It won’t make a difference if your charges are non-violent or if you’re a first time offender.

metal hip replacement x rayDo you have osteolysis caused by having metal hip replacement surgery? Then you could make a compensation claim. Read more about osteolysis and how you could claim compensation so you can start your case today.

What is metal hip osteolysis?

Osteolysis is the breakdown and resorption of bone tissue. Artificial joint replacements, like metal hip replacements, can trigger osteolysis.

red big rig truckHave you been a victim in a big rig accident today? Big rigs are powerful transport trucks that are designed to pull heavy freights across the United States. Being involved in an accident with an 18-wheeler truck or big rig can be a terrifying experience.

If you or someone you care for has suffered an accident involving a big rig, then there are some important actions you must start immediately to ensure you don’t also suffer legal and financial repercussions of a truck accident.

These are the 7 actions you must take after being involved in a collision with a big rig.

truck accident recoveryManeuvering a large commercial truck through rush hour traffic when your paycheck depends on how quickly you arrive at your destination brings a full set of stressors and anxiety. 

Truck drivers only get paid for the time they are actually behind the wheel, and since the trucking company’s bottom financial line depends on how quickly loads are delivered, they may have far less interest in their truck driver’s ability to drive safely than they should. This combination can lead to truck driver exhaustion, distracted driving and sheer boredom.

With more than half a million trucking accidents every year, resulting in as many as 5,000 deaths and more than 150,000 serious injuries, it is crucial that the trucking industry works harder to minimize the safety risks to those who share the roads with large trucks. 

police inspecting car accident in US If you are like most adults, you have probably been involved in an automobile accident at one time or another. Perhaps it was a minor fender-bender in a parking lot, or a major collision which left you with serious injuries. According to one study, most adults will be involved in one auto accident at least every 17.9 years. If you happen to be one of the unlucky drivers whose accident is serious, you will go through an experience which can be difficult, painful and expensive.

Serious car accidents can be reduced by following safe driving practices and driving defensively, however you might be surprised at some of the more shocking car accident statistics, including the following:

1. At least 90 people will die in a car collision every single day—a full six percent of all car accidents will result in a fatality. Those who drive a car that has the highest safety ratings, consistently wear their safety belts, always drive the speed limit, obey traffic rules, and avoid driving distractions or driving while fatigued, can vastly increase their chances of not being one of those car collision fatalities.

police cars stopping civilianMost people are aware of the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution which protects them from illegal search and seizures. They may not, however, understand all the practical aspects of that right. 

Police officers in the state of Mississippi—or in any state—are not allowed to search a person, their home or their car. Anything resulting from an illegal search cannot be seized. There must be a very convincing belief that the suspect has committed a crime, or that a specific place holds evidence of that crime, in order for probable cause to exist.

That being said, unfortunately, illegal search and seizures are fairly common. Far too often, police officers conduct what they know to be an illegal search and seizure, on the chance a judge won’t throw out the illegally obtained evidence.