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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 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.

March 26, 2015

Assault Arrests at JSU

On Monday, two people were arrested in association with a potential road rage incident at Jackson State University (JSU). According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened near the Palisades apartment complex. Apparently, two men and one woman got into some kind of altercation. One of the men brandished a weapon. JUS police officers responded to the scene, and both men were arrested.

Although very few details about how the arrest went down were released, we do know that charges included simple assault and possession of a weapon on school property. If you or a loved one is facing assault or weapons charges, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a consultation today.

March 12, 2015

$100K in Cocaine Seized, Three Arrested

Earlier this week, three people were arrested and approximately $100,000 worth of cocaine was seized in a drug bust by the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN). According to WJTV News Channel 12, officials also found over $8,900 in cash and four vehicles in the Picayune bust. Gerald Hinton, 50, Draeshund "Lil Dip" Magee, 37, and Joshua Ceaser, 32, were arrested in connection with the drugs.

Although very few details about how the arrests went down have been released, we do know that there was a joint investigation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. At this time, all of the suspects have been charged with conspiracy to distribute.

If you or a loved one is facing drug possession or distribution charges in or around the Jackson area, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have what their past clients call real experience when it comes to defending criminal cases. The attorneys have had success helping people in matters ranging from professionals who got a DUI to some of the most serious cases one can imagine. One only needs to look at the client "thank you" and recommendation section on the Coxwell & Associates website or look at the list or representative cases to see the depth of real experience.

March 5, 2015

Jackson Car Break-in Suspects

At least three people are in custody in connection with car break-ins at an apartment complex in Jackson this week. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Zaccheus Thicklen, Justin Taylor and Christopher Spell have been charged with seven counts of auto burglary. Very few details have been released about the crimes or the subsequent arrests, but we do know that authorities are still trying to locate a fourth suspect.

Car Burglary at Woodridge Apartments

Apparently, a resident at the Woodridge Apartment complex alerted authorities after early morning car break-ins. There was a chase on foot, and law enforcement officers with the Jackson Police Department (JPD) apprehended the three suspects. At this time, they're still trying to find a fourth suspect, and anybody with information is being asked to come forward.

Car Burglaries in Jackson

Car burglaries in Jackson can leave victims and community members understandably shaken up, but that doesn't mean that the accused don't deserve their day in court. In America, you're innocent until proven guilty. This means that suspects in custody or who have been charged and released deserve to have their rights protected and looked after during all investigative processes and court proceedings.

Why You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

Fewer things are more important than your future and your freedom. You can't properly look after or provide for your family if you're in jail or prison. As soon as you've been arrested, you need to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Don't waste valuable time or talk to investigators without proven representation.

When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or somebody you love has been arrested for car burglary in or around the Jackson metro area, you need to call a lawyer as soon as possible. The sooner you speak with a lawyer, the sooner you can begin working on your defense.

Call the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation today.

February 20, 2015

Manslaughter Arrest in Yazoo City

On Wednesday, 28-year-old Eric Terrell Rogers died as a result of injures sustained in a shooting that happened in Yazoo City. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Rogers was shot in the chest. Although he was taken to King's Daughter Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

At this time, a 26-year-old man has been arrested and charged with manslaughter in connection with the shooting. Initial witness reports indicate that this could have been an accidental shooting, but very few details have been released. Eric Alton Lee has been charged with manslaughter.

Manslaughter Charges in Jackson

If you or a loved one has been charged with manslaughter or any criminal offense in or around the Jackson area, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates understand that sometimes "good people make bad choices." They have decades of real experience helping people solve their legal problems.

February 13, 2015

Aggravated Assault in Jackson

On Friday, a Jackson resident was sentenced to 10 years for aggravated assault. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 31-year-old Christopher Wilson was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He will have five years to serve, five years suspended and three years of post-release supervision. His sentencing was delayed since the jury found him guilty in court a month ago.

Victim Stabbed 27 Times

Wilson, in addition to four other co-defendants, were accused of stabbing another pre-trial detainee 27 times while they were inside the Hinds County Detention Center. The victim, who survived the attack, was able to identify the assailants. The article didn't report on what sentences or other charges the co-defendants were also facing.

Assault Charges in Jackson

Circumstances can vary widely from case to case. An arrest for assault can happen in bar fights, domestic disputes and even in correctional holding facilities. While most simple assault charges involve minor fisticuff, slaps or shoves, aggravated assault typically involves weapons and or much greater harm to the other party involved. Aggravated assaults, whether they involve traditional weapons or not, can leave victims in the hospital with severe injuries. This isn't your average bar fight. Listed below are just a few examples of different types of aggravated assault.

Examples of Aggravated Assault

• Stabbing somebody
• Shooting somebody
• Beating somebody with a blunt object
• Using your automobile as a weapon
• Beating and injury somebody very badly
• Using a rope or similar object to choke a person
• Using any type of ordinary everyday object to hurt somebody with

When to Call a Lawyer

After any kind of arrest, whether it's simple assault, aggravated assault or some other type of crime, you need to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. You need an attorney with the time, resources and skills to devote to your freedom and future.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with aggravated assault, contact the skilled defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a case consultation today.

February 6, 2015

Homicide Suspect Arrested in Jackson

Earlier this week, a man wanted in connection with a triple homicide was arrested in the Metro area. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 19-year-old Isaac Tiharihondi was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. without incident by a law enforcement task force. He's accused of killing three people in Houston, Texas, whose bodies were discovered on Monday.

Capital Murder Charges

At this time, he's facing two counts of capital murder. Autopsy results are still pending, and this case is still under investigation with authorities. He is currently being detained in the Hinds County Detention Center, but will likely be extricated to Harris County soon.

Homicide Arrests in Jackson

If you or a loved one is facing homicide charges in Jackson or the surrounding areas, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have years of experience helping people who are charged with criminal offenses. Managing partner Merrida Coxwell has over 35 years helping people with criminal charges. If you need assistance call at 601-948-1600.

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 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, you need somebody on your side with proven experience. 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. 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. Call the proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 today.