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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 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 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.

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 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.

December 5, 2014

25 Pounds of Marijuana Confiscated During Drug Arrest

Earlier this week, officers with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) confiscated 25 pounds of pot during an arrest. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened off of Interstate 55. Narcotics officers were allegedly given a tip about a huge drug bust. Although very few details about the investigation and arrest have been made available, we do know that law enforcement officers arrested 39-year-old Alrick Manning during a traffic stop, after finding money in his car.

$28,000 Worth of Marijuana Found

Investigators and trained drug-search dogs then went to the hotel room where Manning was staying, the Extended Stay on I-55. WJTV News Channel 12 also reports that they found 25 pounds of weed and about $23,000 in cash. The street value of the marijuana is estimated at about $28,000. No information has been released about the charges facing Manning or whether or not he has been released on bail.

Drug Bust Arrests in Jackson

Depending upon the amount of drugs you're busted with and what type, you could be facing misdemeanor or felony charges in Jackson. In Mississippi, 30 grams or less of Marijuana is a misdemeanor. Anything over that, and you're looking at felony charges and potentially heavy sentences. In larger quantities, you can be hit with a variety of additional charges too, like intent to distribute and paraphernalia.

Mandatory Minimums

With the so-called "War on Drugs" and truth-in-sentencing laws, even first time offenders can get slapped with lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines. It doesn't matter if you've never been arrested before in your life. You could be facing ten years or more in a federal penitentiary, for what basically could have been a victimless crime.

When to Call a Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has arrested and charged with felony possession or intent to distribute, you need to contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the better. Don't waste time working with an overburdened public defender, call the proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 today.

November 26, 2014

Aggravated Assault Arrests in Vicksburg

On Tuesday, two people were arrested in connection with a shooting that happened in Vicksburg over the weekend. According to WJTV News Channel 12, three people were shot at a house party around midnight, in the 3100 block of Washington. All three victims were treated and released from the hospital.

Billdevon Shelton, 18-years-old, was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated assault on Tuesday, and 21-year-old Roderick Burden Jr. was also arrested and charged with felon being in possession of a firearm. Very few details have been released about the arrest, but WJTV News Channel 12 did report that the investigation is ongoing. If you or a loved one has been charged with aggravated assault, contact the skilled criminal defense lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today.

November 21, 2014

MSU Football Player Arrested

Early Friday morning, a defensive back for the Mississippi State University's football team was arrested in connection with a domestic violence and burglary call. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened sometime around 3:00 a.m. at the Aspen Heights apartment complex on Rocky Road.

Justin Cox, 21 years old, was arrested on the scene and charged with aggravated domestic violence and suspicion of burglary of a dwelling. Very few details have been released, but WJTV News did report that there was a woman with a head injury on the scene.

If you or a loved one is facing domestic violence or burglary charges, contact an experienced and proven criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer questions about your case.

November 14, 2014

Woman Arrested in Pearl for 20 Pounds of Heroin

On November 10, 2014, a woman was arrested in Pearl, and 20 pounds of heroin was confiscated during the arrest. It was an estimated $1 million worth of drugs. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened on the Monday afternoon around 4:40 p.m. during a traffic stop. Apparently, 46-year-old Ana Yesenia Garcia of Friendswood, Texas was pulled over, and for currently unknown reasons, a search of her vehicle was conducted. Law enforcement officers found 20 bundles of heroin, weighing a combined total of about 20 pounds.

$1 Million in Drugs Seized

Officials estimate that the drugs are valued at over $1 million. Initial reports suspect that it may have been pure white heroin from South America, more specifically, Columbia. At this time, there's no word on why Garcia was stopped in the first place or why her vehicle was searched. Very few details about the arrest have been released. Garcia was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Law enforcement officials believe that this may have been the largest Heroin bust from a traffic stop on record for Mississippi.

Felony Drug Charges in Mississippi

This certainly isn't your average possession case. If you're busted with upwards of 20 pounds of any kind of controlled substance, you're facing drug charges in Federal courts. A variety of drug charges also carry mandatory minimum sentences, which means even first time offenders can get locked up for a very long time, regardless of the circumstances of the case. Additionally, a federal case is going to be much more complicated than a case held in State courts.

After a Drug Arrest

If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver or distribute, you need to call an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case. Don't trust your freedom and your future to a public defender who does not have the time or resources to make sure your case is successful. Contact the proven criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a case consultation today at (601) 948-1600.

November 7, 2014

32 Arrested in Marijuana Grow Bust

WJTV News Channel 12 recently issued a press release regarding the arrest of 32 people in association with a statewide marijuana-growing bust. Apparently, this was part of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics' annual anti-marijuana-growing campaign. Very few details have been released, but they're also saying that the pot was being grown in 21 different counties across the state.

Airborne Marijuana Spotters

Officials with the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN), in association with the Department of Public Safety and the Mississippi Highway Patrol, utilized helicopters and other aircraft in efforts to "spot" grow operations from the air. All in all, ground agents seized 1,367 plants and charged suspects with manufacture of marijuana. This was part of an outdoor domestic cannabis eradication program funded by a grant from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Controversial and Illegal Marijuana Growing Operations

Although the medicinal and recreational use of marijuana is slowly becoming legalized across the country, that doesn't impact what's going on in Mississippi. It's still illegal to use and grow marijuana in the state, which means that these 32 suspects are most likely facing felony charges. If convicted, they could be facing harsh sentences in federal court.

When to Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one has been arrested for possession of weed or manufacturing cannabis, you need to call a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Depending upon the charges and how much pot you were arrested with, you could be facing misdemeanor and/or felony charges. You may feel like the system is totally unjust as you see other states across the country allow their citizens to use marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, but in the eyes of the law in Mississippi, you're in hot water.

After a Drug Arrest

If you're facing drug charges, you need to call a lawyer swiftly. Don't trust your fate to an overburdened public defender though. You need to speak with an attorney who will fight for your freedom and your future. It isn't enough for a law firm to just advertise that they have experience. It's absolutely essential to pick a law firm with proven results. At Coxwell & Associates we prove we have experience by putting our cases and successes on our website. The skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer your questions at (877) 231-1600, or locally at 601-948-1600.

October 31, 2014

Two Arrests for Jackson Car Burglary

Two arrests have been made in connection with a car burglary that happened in Jackson on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident occurred around the 4500 block of I-55 north, near Highland Village. Apparently, the burglary involved a 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck.

Shortly after the alleged burglary, one of the suspects was apprehended during a traffic stop, and the second suspect was arrested in connection with a residence search in the 100 block of Dewitt Street.

In addition to burglary charges, there were also stolen weapons charges. Law enforcement officials haven't located the third and final suspect associated with the burglary. If you or a loved one is facing any kind of criminal charges, included auto burglary, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a consultation today.

October 24, 2014

Suspects in Armed Carjacking Investigation Arrested

The remaining suspect in an armed carjacking that happened in September was arrested on Tuesday. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Monterrio Short, Tomokio Brock, Keisha Davis, Marquis Davis and Michael Gross were all considered suspects in the September 29, 2014 carjacking that happened on I-55, near a South Jackson apartment building.

Initially, police officers arrested Keisha Davis, Marquis Davis and Michael Gross within hours of the carjacking. On Monday, Tomokio Brock surrendered himself to law enforcement officers in connection with the crime, and on Tuesday the final suspect was arrested. Very few details have been released about these arrests, but if you or a loved one is facing armed carjacking charges in Jackson, contact our skilled criminal defense team as soon as possible.

And as a post script, it is worth mentioning that armed car jacking, along with armed robbery, and any other violent crime or crime committed with the use of the weapon, has enhanced penalties. If you get convicted of one of these crimes you can get a LONG LONG time in jail, and you half to serve at least 50% of your sentence before you get any benefit like earned time, good time, ect. Crimes committed with weapons, and violent crimes in general are punished very harshly. Don't ruin your life! Being broke and free is better than getting half your life committed to the Mississippi State Penitentiary Hotel, where you do get three bad meals a day, daily excitement in the form of crowded confinement, angry men who are bored to death and who might want to hurt you.

Be smart and don't commit the crime. If you make a poor decision and get in trouble, visit our website and you can see examples of Coxwell & Associates's lawyers who have real experience helping people. While many T.V. and internet lawyers tout their experience, at Coxwell & Associates we put before you the real cases so you can see our experience and dedication to our client's legal needs.

October 17, 2014

Woman in Jackson Arrested for Burglary

A woman has recently been arrested in connection with a house burglary that occurred on September 30, 2014. The Pearl Police Department has been looking for the suspect for weeks. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Zaria Khaleela Harris is now in custody. Additionally, two other people with outstanding misdemeanors warrants were picked up during her arrest.

There's no word on exactly what charges Harris is facing at this point, but burglary is likely one of them. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with burglary, theft or larceny, you need to speak with a proven criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Whether you're facing misdemeanor or felony charges, you need a lawyer who takes your freedom and your future seriously. The team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer your questions at (601) 948-1600.

October 6, 2014

New DUI Laws in Mississippi - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

On October 1 of this year, the DUI laws in this state got a face-lift. As with most changes to our laws, there are some very happy groups and some not-so-happy groups. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was very happy about this change in penalties for driving under the influence--though some groups originally pushed for a lower Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Luckily for restaurateurs and social drinkers, the desired change of BAC from the current 0.08 to 0.05 did not occur. However, the DUI laws did see some substantial changes in the latest legislative session. Thumbnail image for chuckscasedui-lawyer.jpg


THE GOOD: Until this new legislation went into effect, one convicted of a DUI could not get that DUI expunged from his record, nor was he eligible for non-adjudication. But now there is hope!

Any first-time offender (who does not have a commercial driver's license) may petition the Circuit Court of the county in which the conviction stands for an expunction of the charge. There are some restrictions, however:
• The petitioner must wait five years after the successful completion of all terms and conditions of his sentence.
• It is only available when all terms and conditions have been met (all fines are paid, all classes attended); if the person submitted to an Intoxilyzer test; if the results of that test were below .16%; if there are no other pending DUIs or convictions; and if the person provides justification to the Court.
Not only are there options for expungements, but there is an option for non-adjudication as well. Non-adjudication is a process allowed by our Courts to essentially give defendants a second chance after a mistake. When you enter into an agreement for non-adjudication, you enter a plea of guilty, but the judge withholds acceptance of that plea and gives you some conditions to fulfill. Once you've completed those to the Court's satisfaction, the charge against you is remanded and essentially dismissed. The catch is that you must complete the Court's terms and conditions--or else you have already pled guilty and will be convicted. A DUI non-adjudication will work the same way, but again with some restrictions:
• Applied to first offenders of any crime only
• Applies only when there was no refusal to submit to testing (unless good cause is shown)
• Must pay all fines as if you had been convicted; must attend alcohol safety classes; must surrender license for 90-days or use an ignition interlock for 120 days.
If you fit into either of these categories and want to speak with an attorney at Coxwell and Associates about your options for expunction, please call to speak with one of our attorneys at any time.

THE BAD: While the penalties did not get any harsher for those who are convicted of driving under the influence, the new law does make it more difficult to move on with life after your mistake. Under the laws as they were prior to October 1, 2014, those convicted of DUI could-- after a certain period of license suspension and after completion of the Court's sentence--petition the Court for a hardship license and essentially get their driving privileges back due to hardships due to work, school, or family. However, the new law does away with this option: Anyone convicted of a DUI will have their license suspended by the Department of Public Safety for 90 days (first offense); one year (second offense); three years (subsequent offenses). The hardship license is not an option.

While the loss of the hardship option is bad news for many, the new law does open up options. Though driving privileges must be revoked when there is a conviction for DUI, the new laws allow for limited driving privileges when the person agrees to use of an ignition-interlock device. If the defendant chooses the ignition interlock option, he or she must surrender her unrestricted license and instead get one from DPS indicating they are allowed to drive only with an ignition interlock. Though I am no scientist, these devices are installed in a car and provide a portable breathalyzer of sorts--in order to start the car, you must provide a sample proving you are not under the influence of alcohol.

THE UGLY: Despite some positive steps towards forgiveness and second chances, DUI laws still carry some very stiff penalties. When in doubt, follow Merrida's never-fail way to get out of a DUI: don't drink and drive. Hire a designated driver or take turns on nights out with your friends. It's not worth the bodily danger to you or others, and it's not worth the serious consequences of the law--even if no one gets injured. If you find yourself facing some of these serious consequences, call the experienced attorneys at Coxwell and Associates to discuss your options.

October 3, 2014

Pearl Police Chase Ends with Two Arrests

On Tuesday night, two people were arrested after a high-speed chase in Pearl. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the chase started just before 8:00 p.m. Law enforcement officials report that this was the third chase in Pearl over the past week. The chase happened near the intersection of Highway 80 and Airport Road and ended with a multi-car crash. Apparently, a tip about drugs at the Southern Gardens Trailer Park sparked law enforcement interest prior to the chase.

Drugs and Guns Found in Car

Very few details have been released about the tip, chase or the subsequent arrests, but officials reportedly found methamphetamine and two weapons in the suspect's car. Even though their car flipped multiple times during the crash, the two suspects were able to exit the vehicle. Law enforcement officers did arrest the suspects after pursuing on foot. Although the wreck was described as "multi-car," there's no word on whether or not anybody was injured or if the two suspects, who were able to exit the vehicle, were injured.

After an Arrest

Although there's no word on exactly what charges these two suspects are facing, they're likely looking at drug charges, weapons charges, fleeing, resisting arrest and endangering the public. The most important thing you can do after any arrest is contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are able to do so. Misdemeanor charges can land you in jail for up to a year, and depending on the quantity of methamphetamines or other type of drug is discovered, you could be facing felony charges carrying stiff penalties and sentences.

Whether you're facing drug charges in state or Mississippi Federal courts, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Weapons charges can only complicate the case, so you don't want your future in the hands of an overburdened public defender. Federal criminal defense cases are also much more difficult than criminal defense cases in State courts. Procedural rules vary from State to Federal Court. The ultimate goal of your attorney should be to get your charges thrown out completely.

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