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September 3, 2015

Car Burglary Arrests in Madison

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Earlier this week, at least four people have been arrested in connection with recent car burglaries in Madison. According to WJTV News Channel 12, many of the burglaries happened in the Cypress Lake and Reunion subdivisions. Law enforcement officers with the Madison Police Department made the initial arrest on Tuesday evening. Although very few details about the investigations and subsequent arrests have been released, we do know that suspects are facing various charges from auto burglary to conspiracy to commit a felony.

Burglary Charges in Jackson

Where burglary charges are concerned, depending upon the circumstances of your individual case and the charges involved, you could be facing extensive time behind bars if convicted. If you or somebody you love is facing burglary charges in the Jackson Metro Area, contact the proven and experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

August 27, 2015

Narcotics Investigation on I-220 in Jackson

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This week, a major traffic jam was blamed on a narcotics investigation that took place on I-220 in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, there were up to six unmarked police cars on the scene, in the northbound lanes of I-220, near the Highway 80 exit. At least three people were reportedly detained, and one misdemeanor arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

We also know that an SUV was involved, and there was a considerable delay to traffic as law enforcement officers conducted their investigation. At this time, very few details of the investigation or the arrest have been released.

If somebody you love has been arrested for narcotics or is under the investigation for narcotics possession or distribution, contact the experienced and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for an immediate consultation.

August 20, 2015

Armed Robbery in Jackson

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Officers with the Jackson Police Department are investigating an armed robber that occurred at a local convenience store. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at the TK Food Mart on Raymond Road on Wednesday. Very few details have been released but we do know that cash was taken from the scene. There is no word on the developments of the investigation or if there are any suspects at this time.

Armed Robbery Charges in Jackson

If you or a loved one is 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 an immediate case consultation. Our lawyers have the experience and skills to aggressively defend your rights and your freedom.

August 13, 2015

Armed Robbery Arrest in Ridgeland

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Earlier this week, a 23-year-old man was arrested for armed robbery and car burglary in Ridgeland. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Simeon Maurice Herrod was denied bond after his arrest and subsequent charges. He has been charged in connection with two car burglaries that too place in the Canterbury subdivision, off of Richardson Road on August, 8, 2015. He's also been charged in connection with an armed robbery at the Menchie's Frozen Yogurt on Lake Harbor Drive.

Armed Robbery and Auto Burglaries

Although very few details have been released, we do know he was taken into custody and charged with multiple crimes ranging from traffic offenses to a robbery that took place in December of 2014. We haven't heard the specifics on how the arrest went down, but we do know that he was reportedly arrested after license plate information was given to law enforcement officials.

Robbery Versus Burglary

While some people might be confused when thinking about robbery versus burglary, they are two separate crimes. First of all, robbery usually involves the taking of another person's property, while that person is present. Burglary typically involves theft of items when nobody is present. In many cases, robbery also involves threats or the use of force. Cases of robbery don't always involve weapons, but when they do, they're considered 'armed robbery.'

Armed Robbery Elements

• Theft of another person's property in the presence of that person.
• Actually or threatened force against that person for their property.
• Attempting to incite fear in that person.

Elements of a Burglary

• Unlawfully breaking into another person's property.
• Actual theft or intent to commit theft or another type of crime.

After an Armed Robbery or Burglary Arrest in Jackson

After any type of arrest, it's a good idea to call a lawyer. If you're facing charges involving a firearm, you could be facing an extensive prison sentence, if convicted. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the better.

If you or somebody you love has been arrested and charged with armed robbery or burglary in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation today.

July 30, 2015

Shooting in Kosciusko

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Law enforcement officers with the Kosciusko Police Department are trying to locate a suspect associated with a shooting that happened on Sunday at Adam's Grocery. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident also may have involved a subsequent car crash at the Spot Cash and Tire Appliance on Highway 12. At least one person was injured and rushed to the hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound. He was also injured in the subsequent car crash. At this time, very few details about the shooting have been released, but authorities are looking for a suspect. Police are looking for Jordan Jermaine Ickom in connection with this crime.

Aggravated Assault Arrest in Jackson

In Mississippi, aggravated assault charges can land you in prison for an extended period of time, if convicted. Typically, if guns are involved or if anybody is shot, stabbed or beaten severely, an assault charge is going to be upgraded to aggravated. Depending upon the circumstances of your particular case, you could be facing as little as one year or decades behind bars in a federal prison facility. Even first-time offenders can do hard time, so it's critical to speak with a proven criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest.

Different Types of Aggravated Assault

• Shooting another person
• Stabbing another person
• Beating somebody up very badly, whether a weapon is used or not
• Using any kind of ordinary item as a weapon
• Using a car as a weapon
• Attempting to choke somebody with a rope or similar item
• Striking somebody with a bat or stick

When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

After any type of arrest, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Aggravated assault charges are typically felonies, and if a gun is present, you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence, if convicted.

If you or somebody you love has been charged with aggravated assault in the Jackson Metro Area or any of the surrounding communities, contact the skilled and proven criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

July 23, 2015

Car Burglaries in Ridgeland

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On Wednesday morning, several people in the Ridgeland area woke up to find their cars had been burglarized. At this time, at least 10 different complaints have been filed. According to WJTV News Channel 12, one witness report indicates that a suspect may have been armed as well. At this time, no information has been released about the suspects or the investigation.

Burglary Charges in Jackson

Although no arrests have been made in this string of car burglaries, anybody who is facing auto, home or business burglary charges should speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after an arrest.

The team at Coxwel & Associates, PLLC can be reached at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation.

July 16, 2015

Felony Shooting Arrest in Vicksburg

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A man has been arrested in connection with a shooting that took place in Vicksburg on July 12, 2015. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 21-year-old Teremiah Cox has been taken into custody for allegedly shooting into an occupied vehicle. The shooting happened in the 100 block of Wabash Street in Vicksburg. Apparently, the victim's car was headed north on Mission 66, when another vehicle pulled up. Occupants from both vehicles exchanged words, and bullets from a large caliber weapon hit one of the cars at least three times.

Shooting Arrest in Mississippi

Although very few details have been released, we do know that as of July 15, 2015, Cox was arrested at his place of residence. He is currently facing a felony charge of shooting into an occupied vehicle. WJTV News Channel 12 also reports that he is being held in the Issaquena County Correctional Facility, and his initial court appearance is on July 17, 2015. There has been no word on why or how he was linked with the shooting, and no information has been released about the circumstances of his arrest.

Felony Arrests in Jackson and Vicksburg

Felony charges mean you could be facing one year of incarceration, at the very bare minimum. This isn't county jail time either. If convicted of a felony charge, you're most likely facing hard time at a federal correctional facility. In some cases, it doesn't even matter if the crime was non-violent or if it was your first offense. Depending upon the severity of your crime, whether or not weapons were involved and whether or not drugs were involved, you could be facing years, decades or longer, if convicted.

What to do After a Felony Shooting Arrest

If you are facing felony shooting charges, whether anybody was hurt or not, you need to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Don't talk to interrogators until your lawyer is present, and exercise your right against self-incrimination. Ask to call your lawyer or have a family member or friend get in touch with your attorney.

The proven criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC is standing by to answer the questions you have about your case at (877) 231-1600.

June 19, 2015

Drug Possession Charges in Jackson

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Earlier this week, 27-year-old Christopher Sheriff was charged with drug possession and intent to distribute in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, police officers allegedly found an estimated $15,000 worth of marijuana, crack cocaine and powder cocaine in his home.

Although very few details have been released, we do know that Sheriff was reportedly on probation for other crimes at the time. He is currently facing indictments on two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and fleeing from an officer.

If you or somebody you love is facing drug possession charges or intent to distribute charges in or around the Jackson Metro area, contact the experienced criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate consultation.

June 11, 2015

Viral Video "Witness" Arrested for Shoplifting

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The subject of a recent viral video out of Jackson has been arrested in connection with a shoplifting case in Ridgeland. According to WAPT News Channel 16, the green-haired "witness" who allegedly saw a recent car crash that injured a Jackson Police Officer, has been arrested and charged with shoplifting by the Ridgeland Police Department. Although the video of Courtney Barnes wasn't originally aired on local news, for fear of a potentially embellished statement, the video quickly made it online where it went viral.

Shoplifting Arrest in Jackson

Initial reports indicate that Barnes was recognized as resembling the suspect in surveillance photo posted on Instagram by a local small business recently. Apparently, the owner of Swell-O-Phonic in Fondren posted the image, and somebody recognized the suspect in the photo as the viral video star, Courtney Barnes. A warrant was issued, and Barnes was arrested and booked by officers with the Ridgeland Police Department. Law enforcement authorities also reported that Barnes was facing similar charges in Jackson.

Shoplifting Charges in Jackson, Mississippi

Shoplifting charges in and around the Jackson Metro Area are nothing to take lightly. Don't assume that because you're a first time offender or because the crime was non-violent, that you won't do hard time. Shoplifting charges are typically categorized by the value of the allegedly lifted items. The more expensive items in question, the more time you could be facing. The sooner you speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney about your case, the better outcome you will have.

When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

After any kind of arrest, it's a good idea to speak with a lawyer about your defense. Remember, you do have the right to remain silent, so exercise it. Wait for your lawyer before speaking with detectives or interrogators. You are absolutely entitled to refrain from answering any questions until your lawyer is present.

If you have been arrested for shoplifting or if a loved one has been arrested and charged with shoplifting, contact the skilled legal team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

June 8, 2015

EXPUNGEMENT: Erase Your Past

Have you or your loved ones ever been arrested, convicted, charged with a crime, or been charged with a crime and had the charge dismissed or remanded? Under Mississippi law, the record of that arrest or charge may be expunged. The term "expungement" is just a fancy legal term that means "erasing" your criminal record. There are times in everyone's life when they do things without thinking about future consequences, and those poor or silly choices can comes back to haunt them with a vengeance when they apply for schools, loans, or jobs. These mistakes are often just distant memories to the individual, but to a potential employer, Loan Company, or educational institution that runs a background check, they can be much more serious. And a criminal conviction will take away the right to vote in some instances, the right to hold office, the right to possess a weapon and go hunting.

Even if you are charged and do not get convicted, there is a haunting record of your arrest. Some people may ask, how is this possible? Didn't the judge and prosecutor dismiss or drop the charges because you agreed to go to counseling, mandatory education classes, paid the fines, or you completed all the court asked so you would not have a criminal record? Although, the judge may have dismissed your case or the prosecutor dropped the charges, if you were ever arrested, your "arrest" is recorded and will show up in a background check unless you get it expunged. Having a criminal record is like having a dark shadow always following you. In today's work climate, a person needs a record that is clean if he/she hopes not to start the job search ahead of the next person.

An expungement erases from your record all history of the arrest or conviction. When the attorneys at Coxwell & Associates handle an expungement they personally make sure the Mississippi Criminal Information Center (MCIC) and all arresting agencies get a copy of the expungement. The MCIC then forwards the expungement to the F.B.I. and the National Criminal Information Center to clear the person's record. In addition, at Coxwell & Associates they are able to help you get your record erased from a dozen or more private companies that keep databases of arrests and convictions. As a result, an employer conducting a background check should not be able to locate your previous offense or arrest record since it has been expunged. Under Mississippi law, an expungement will restore a person to the same status before the arrest and charge. The person may not be found guilty of perjury for not mentioning the arrest or conviction.

MISDEMEANOR EXPUNGEMENT

A misdemeanor arrest or charge can be expunged from a person's record in Mississippi. A misdemeanor is a "minor" crime, or one which does not result in prison time. A misdemeanor can carry up to a year in the County Jail and a fine. So, misdemeanors are not really "minor" crimes. The majority of people who encounter the criminal justice system are charged with misdemeanors and these charges can be devastating on a person's future.

First Offense: Pursuant to Miss. Code Ann. §99-19-71(1), "Any person who is convicted of a misdemeanor, excluding a conviction for a traffic violation, and who is a first offender, may petition the justice, county, circuit or municipal court in which the conviction was had for an order to expunge any such conviction from all public records."
There are some situations that provide for expungement of additional misdemeanor convictions obtained in municipal court. Miss. Code Ann. § 21-23-7(6) provides that upon prior notice to the prosecuting attorney and upon a showing in open court of (1) rehabilitation, (2) good conduct for a period of 2 years since the last conviction in any court and (3) that the best interest of society would be served, the court may, in its discretion, order the record of conviction of a person of any or all misdemeanors in that court expunged.

Non-Adjudication: Under Mississippi law a misdemeanor charge that has been non-adjudicated shall be dismissed upon successful completion of court-imposed conditions. Upon dismissal, Mississippi law directs the Court to expunge the record upon petition to the Court. However, Courts and prosecutors do not expunge or erase your record for you. You must do it yourself.

Expungement after Dismissal or No Charge: Mississippi law requires the Court, upon petition, to expunge the record in which an arrest was made, the individual was released and the case was dismissed or the charges were dropped or there was no disposition of the case or the individual was not formally charged within 12 months of being arrested.

Expungement of Minor in Possession Charge: A minor in possession of light wine and beer conviction may be expunged in certain circumstances but no "sooner than one (1) year after the dismissal of the charge or completion of any sentence and/or payment of any fine." Miss. Code Ann. § 67-3-70(6).

DUI EXPUNGEMENT

Upon 5 years after successful completion of all the terms and conditions of the sentenced imposed by the court, the individual can petition the circuit court were convicted to have the DUI expunged if (1) it was a first offense DUI under Miss. Code Ann. §63-11-30(2) or (3); (2) the individual is not a holder of a commercial driver license holder (CDL); (3) the individual did not refuse to submit to a blood or breath test; (4) the individual's blood alcohol concentration level (BAC) tested below .16% (if available); (5) the individual has not been convicted or does not have any pending charges of DUI; and (6) the individual provides the court with justification of why the DUI conviction should be expunged. This right to expungement is relatively new. It became the law in 2014.

FELONY EXPUNGEMENT

Some felony charges can be expunged, even after a guilty plea or a conviction. Any felony charge that was dismissed, not prosecuted or the individual was found not guilty can be expunged.
Expungement of Certain Felonies: Mississippi law allows for the expungement of the following felony convictions:

1. A bad check offense ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-55;
2. Possession of a controlled substance or paraphernalia ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 41-29-139(c) or (d);
3. False pretense ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-19-39;
4. Larceny ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-14-41;
5. Malicious mischief ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-17-67; or
6. Shoplifting ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-23-93.

An individual is only eligible to expunge one of the above felony convictions. Any person convicted of one of the above felonies must wait 5 years from the successful completion of all terms and conditions of the sentence before petitioning the court for an expungement. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71(2) (a).
Expungement of Felonies Committed While Under the Age of 18: Mississippi law allows for the expungement of additional felony convictions if committed while the person was under the age of 18. In such cases, any one felony conviction may be expunged except for the following:

1. Rape ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-65 and 97-3-71;
2. Sexual Battery ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-95;
3. Murder ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-21;
4. Manslaughter ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-25;
5. Carjacking ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-113 through 97-3-117;
6. Burglary of a commercial establishment or occupied dwelling;
7. Cyberstalking ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-45-15;
8. Exploitation of children by the use of computer or other means ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-5-31 through 97-5-37;
9. Armed robbery ~ Miss. Code Ann. § 97-3-79; and
10. Any felony that, in the determination of the circuit court, is a violent crime or felony that is related to the distribution of a controlled substance and in the court's discretion such should not be expunged.
An individual is only eligible to expunge one felony conviction committed while under the age of 18. Any individual with such conviction must wait 5 years from the date of successful completion of all terms and conditions imposed in the sentence before expungement is available. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-19-71. Beginning July 1st, 2015, a person who received a felony conviction under the age of twenty-one (21) may obtain an expungement.

Expungement for Non-adjudication or Pretrial Intervention: When a felony charge has been non-adjudicated, Mississippi law allows that upon successful completion of the court imposed terms and conditions, the charge is to be dismissed. Upon dismissal of the charge and upon petition to the Court, the law instructs the Court to expunge the record.

Expungement after Dismissal or Case Retired to File: Mississippi law requires, upon petition, the Court to expunge the record of any case in which an arrest was made, the individual arrested was released and the case was dismissed or the charges were dropped or there was no disposition of the case. Miss. Code Ann. § 99-15-26 (5) or §99-19-71(4).

Crimes That Cannot Be Expunged: Mississippi law does not allow for expungement of the following crimes.

1. Sex offenses. If an individual is required to register as a sex offender, the underlying conviction cannot be expunged. Miss. Code Ann. § 45-33-55.
2. Violent Crimes
1. Attempted Murder
2. Aggravated Assault
3. Manslaughter
4. Killing of an unborn child
5. Kidnapping
6. Human trafficking
7. Poisoning

If you have a prior arrest or conviction and would like to inquire about an expungement, please contact the team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at 601-948-1600. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have real experience helping people solve life's problems.

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 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

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

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

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.