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January 27, 2016

Why You Should Never Flee the Scene of an Accident

unsplash 1.jpgExperiencing a car accident is bad enough on its own, but unfortunately, the trouble doesn't stop there. At the very least you need to exchange information with the other people involved in the accident. Unfortunately, hit-and-run accidents occur daily, and they are extremely detrimental to the victims. There is an obvious moral issue with failing to take responsibility for the damage you have caused, but what about the legal ramifications? Here are just a few of the reasons why you should never flee the scene of a car accident:

It is a crime.

...and being convicted of a crime is expensive. If you don't think a "hit and run" is a big deal, you're absolutely wrong. A ticket for leaving the scene can result in either felony or misdemeanor charges, depending on the details of your particular case. At the very least, you can expect some pretty hefty fines. The other monetary consequence is obviously going to come in the form of restitution to your victim.

You could find yourself behind bars.

In addition to the financial expense, imagine what would happen if your case is severe enough to warrant jail time? That's certainly a possibility, especially if someone suffers significant injuries or death as a result of your carelessness. If someone has died in your hit-and-run, you will very likely be charged with a felony, which could mean a sentence of up to 20 years in jail, in some cases.

You won't be going anywhere for a while.

...because your license may be suspended or revoked. Can you imagine being permanently dependent upon others every time you want to go somewhere? Even if you are brave enough to attempt driving after your license has been revoked, you may not have a vehicle to drive. In some cases, vehicles involved in a hit-and-run are impounded (which also added to the financial expense, by way of daily impound and storage fees).

You can be sure that you will be sued.

Any person who has been the victim of a hit-and-run is going to contact their attorney right away. They are also going to contact law enforcement. It would be silly not to. They will pursue you, and in this age of sophisticated technology, it is very likely that you will be found. When they find you, unless you are immediately able to reimburse your victim for any personal injuries and property damage, you can expect to see them in court.

If you have been on either end of a hit-and-run accident, you should speak with an attorney right away. The longer you wait, the more trouble you will have being compensated for the damages. Contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free initial consultation. Let us handle all of the complexities of your case, while you focus on getting well and getting back to doing the things that you enjoy most.

Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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January 22, 2016

What We Can Learn From Making a Murderer

Making_A_Murderer.jpgWhen the docudrama, Making a Murderer, hit Netflix on December 18, it was an instant hit. The show was filmed over ten years and sheds light on some of the shortcomings of the American justice system. Specifically, it outlines how the Manitowoc County, Wisconsin justice system failed one of its local citizens, Steven Avery. Unfortunately, like many criminal cases, there are a number of questions that remain unanswered.

In a recent interview published on Yahoo News, it was explained that there is significant evidence in this case that we (the viewers) were not aware of. Many of the individuals who were involved maintain that the evidence falsely depicts Mr. Avery as innocent. Here is the evidence that, according to the article, was not included in the documentary:

  • There was more DNA found in the car. In addition to the blood that we know was smeared on the vehicle's interior, there was sweat found under the hood of the car, which was determined to belong to Steven Avery.

  • Suspicious items, including arm and leg restraints, were found at the Avery home, which were not included in the documentary.

  • Viewers were informed that a bullet with the victim's DNA was found in Avery's garage. What was not explained is that the bullet had been confiscated by police in November 2005. The possibility of it having been planted prior to being "confiscated" is pretty strong.

  • Regardless of the evidence that was used in this case, the key point that is being made by these filmmakers is that there are holes in the American justice system that are simply not acceptable. It's such a travesty that the public has watched this film and reacted in sheer outrage.

    There are currently petitions requesting a presidential pardon for Mr. Avery. On Change.org, one petition has garnered over 100,000 signatures. Another 18,000 names can be found on the petition posted at Whitehouse.gov. The hacktivist organization, Anonymous, has even committed itself to proving Mr. Avery's innocence. Clearly, these criminal justice shortcomings are something that our citizens feel very strongly about.

    The team at Coxwell & Associates also feels very strongly about protecting the freedom of innocent citizens. Our criminal justice system exists for a reason, and it is certainly a necessary part of our society. However, there is no question that flaws exist. Having erroneous charges brought against you for a crime that you did not commit is something that can change your life forever. It's not something that we, as a society, should simply overlook.

    If you have been accused of a crime, the first step you need to take is to contact an attorney. If you have been charged or arrested, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free initial consultation.

    Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

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    December 29, 2015

    What is Malicious Prosecution?

    file0001305562393.jpgWhen someone is wrongfully charged and prosecuted for a crime, what are the consequences? We're fortunate to live in a nation that provides extensive protection for our personal liberties. Where malicious prosecution is concerned, there are two particulars that you should know about:


    • The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects you and your property from unreasonable seizure, meaning without a warrant. It also states that a warrant will not be issued without probable cause.

    • The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution states that you have a right to your life, your liberty, and your property, and none of those things can be taken from you without due process.

    If action was taken against you without probable cause and with the intent to cause personal injury, we refer to that as "malice" in legal terms. At the very core of this issue is the other person's desire to take away your liberty, which is illegal, according to the fourteenth amendment.

    This type of situation can cause a wide variety of complications for the person on the receiving end. You'll probably miss time from work, incur legal fees, and experience a variety of other financial consequences. You may also experience problems that have nothing to do with your finances, such as harm to your personal reputation and strain on your relationships with your loved ones.

    If you have found yourself in this situation, you should know that you have options for recourse. You don't have to simply accept the damage that has been done to your personal and professional life. Speak with an attorney as soon as possible.

    Malicious Prosecution as it Relates to the Prosecutor of Your Case

    When someone has been incorrectly accused of committing a crime, it's natural for that person to feel hurt and angry. For most people in this situation, it's not enough to know that the arrest and prosecution records have been wiped clean. One very frequently asked question is "can I sue the prosecution for filing charges against me?"

    The answer to that question depends heavily on the details of your specific case. As a general rule, however, filing suit against a district attorney (or similar government attorney) is an extremely challenging task. That's not to say it's an insurmountable task, but the lawyer in question would have to have committed a very egregious offense.

    Malicious Prosecution Can Be a Form of Police Misconduct

    As soon as a police officer charges or arrests you for committing a crime, prosecution has been initiated. It's extremely important that you understand this, for a number of reasons. You should also know your rights if you do find yourself in this situation.

    First and foremost, know that if you ask to leave and you are not permitted to do so, then you have been arrested. This is true even if you are not actually being charged with a crime. If you are detained without good reason (which should be very clearly explained to you), you may be experiencing what is known as false imprisonment. While false imprisonment is a separate issue, the underlying concept does support your malicious prosecution case.

    Again, prosecution begins as soon as you are arrested; if that prosecution began without justifiable cause, you may be able to argue that you have been maliciously prosecuted.

    Malicious prosecution involving law enforcement might also fall under Federal Civil Rights 42 U.S.C. 1983, which states that anyone who deprives you of your rights and privileges as a Unites States citizen will be held liable for the damage that is done to your personal life.

    You can find options for recourse in state court, as well. For example, you may have a valid state court claim if a store owner or security guard has taken action against you for theft in the absence of probable cause and with the purpose of harming you in some way. Another state court action that you should be aware of in this situation is Abuse of Process, because it often goes hand in hand with malicious prosecution cases.

    The fact that you have successfully defended yourself against criminal charges does not automatically mean that you have been maliciously prosecuted. If there was even a remotely viable reason for officers and the prosecution to believe that you had committed the crime, you will not be successful in bringing a civil suit against them.

    If you believe that charges have been brought against you with the purpose of intentionally harming you, it's best to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free initial consultation.

    Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

    December 15, 2015

    What Constitutes Aiding and Abetting After a Crime Has Already Been Committed?

    abetting.jpgAiding and abetting can occur either before or after a crime has occurred. In Mississippi, if you have aided and abetted a criminal after a crime has been committed, you are said to be an "accessory after the fact". In order to be convicted of this, it must be proven that you knew the criminal had committed a crime and you helped them in some way to evade arrest or prosecution (after the commission of said crime).

    For many people who are charged with aiding and abetting, the part that causes confusion is trying to understand what type of "help" actually qualifies. Unfortunately, the answer to that question includes just about anything you can think of, from giving a loved one a place to crash for the night to letting them borrow money and even something as simple as giving them advice or support by phone. Those acts may seem innocent enough, especially if you're dealing with a family member or close friend. If you know that they've committed a crime, though, you absolutely can be held accountable for any type of assistance that you offer.

    Other examples of how you can become an accessory after the fact include:

    • Buying anything, including basic necessities, that may help a criminal "get by" until he or she is capable of getting those things for themselves (that is to say, once the dust settles).
    • Hiding evidence
    • Lying to police about the criminal's whereabouts or anything else relating to the crime
    • Transporting the criminal, either locally or across county or state lines
    • Hiding the criminal in your home or on your property in an effort to help them evade law enforcement

    Unfortunately, you do not have to be present in order to be considered an accessory to a crime. Once you have knowledge of a crime that has occurred (or is about to occur), you are on very shaky ground.

    If you are more closely involved in the crime, however, the concept of "concert of action" may apply. With concert of action, both parties are held equally responsible for their coordinated efforts. An example that is commonly used to explain concert of action is drag racing. If two people are drag racing and a pedestrian is hit, both parties will be held liable for any resulting injuries or fatality, because the event was a result of the two people acting "in concert" with one another.

    Being charged as an accessory to a crime can come as quite the shock. In many cases, it's a simple matter of helping a loved one in a time of perceived need... then, finding yourself charged with a crime, as well. If you are in this very stressful situation, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands exactly how these cases work, and you should make that call as soon as possible.

    Our team of criminal defense lawyers are available to discuss your circumstances, and we will explain your options in terms that will be easy to understand.

    Contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

    Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

    October 31, 2015

    Protect Your Rights at a DUI Checkpoint/Road Block

    checkpoint.jpgIn Mississippi, if convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), you face penalties from both the court and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety. The legal limit for blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08%, and if you are found driving with a BAC of higher concentration, you are almost guaranteed to receive an alcohol-related citation (and some pretty hefty penalties, along with it). Even if your BAC is below the legal limit, you are opening yourself up to significant trouble if you choose to drink and drive. You can view a list of possible penalties at DMV.org.

    In any case, if you are a resident of Mississippi, you need to be familiar with what a DUI roadblock is and how to protect your rights if you are stopped at one of these checkpoints.

    DUI checkpoints are sometimes also referred to as "sobriety checkpoints" or "DUI roadblocks". They are only permitted in certain jurisdictions, and the state of Mississippi happens to be one of them. It's a tactic that is part of the state's larger drunk driving deterrent strategy wherein officers are stationed at certain locations to check drivers for signs of intoxication and impairment.

    The only real stipulation for DUI checkpoints is that they are meant to be both "temporary" and "random". So, while they may tend to happen more often and in greater number around holidays or big events, these roadblocks can be relatively unpredictable. This makes them virtually impossible to prepare for, which is part of how they work, but there are certain things that you can do to protect your rights if you find yourself stopped at a DUI checkpoint. Always have important documents on hand: your license, vehicle registration, and proof of insurance. You should never offer share information beyond what is found on these three documents. Be courteous and never argue with the officer, but avoid nervous rambling or appearing overly friendly.

    You may have been drinking responsibly, but you should know that even the most insignificant admission can be used against you, including "I only had one glass of wine with my dinner three hours ago."

    Good to Know: "Implied Consent" in the State of Mississippi

    According to Mississippi state law, drivers give their "implied consent" to a chemical sobriety test when they apply for a driver's license. This includes blood, alcohol, and urine tests to determine whether or not a driver is impaired.

    Even so, you do have the right to refuse one of these chemical tests if an officer asks you to submit to one. In fact, most DUI lawyers will tell you that refusal is your best option. Unfortunately, refusing such a request comes with some unpleasant consequences. In Mississippi, refusing to submit to an intoxilizer results in a 90 day suspension of the driver's license. However, there is no state punishment for refusing a field sobriety test.

    Contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

    Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

    October 29, 2015

    The Legal Ramifications of Cyberbullying

    cybercrime.jpgWith the emergence of modern technologies, the problem of bullying has been redefined, and it has certainly become much harder to control. Cyberbullying and other forms of online harassment are a very real occurrence, but until relatively recently, the laws have failed to address the issue.

    Today, however, cyberbullying and cyberstalking may be punished in a number of ways, including school policies (where students are concerned), under criminal statutes, and by way of civil lawsuit. There are serious consequences for both the bully and the victim, so it's imperative that everyone involved understands the potential ramifications of engaging in this sort of activity.

    For example, did you know that cyberstalking, specifically, is a felony? If convicted, cyberstalkers face a fine of up to $5,000, up to 2 years in prison, or both. As you know, a felony conviction can also have several other very serious and long-lasting consequences.

    Other criminal statutes that apply to this are laws that specifically protect students' rights (MS Code Ann. § 37-11-20) and those that address stalking (MS Code Ann. § 97-3-107).

    Civil Lawsuits

    Civil lawsuits that come about as a result of cyberbullying or cyberstalking may include any number of emotional, social, or financial factors. For example, a bully may be ordered to cover the cost of the victim's therapy or time lost from work. Also, in the case of personal property damage, bullies will often be ordered to reimburse the victim or pay for replacement.

    Anti-Bullying Policies Required by Law

    Because of the high incidence of bullying on school grounds and the severe trauma that this can cause for victims, anti-bullying policies have been legally mandated for all public and private schools. These policies are required to extend to all school property, including buses, athletic facilities, etc.

    Each school policy is meant to address both electronic and non-electronic forms of bullying, and it must contain clearly defined procedures for reporting, investigating, and correcting bullying behavior.

    If you are in the position of being accused of bullying, you should be aware that any consequences that are administered per legally-mandated school policy DO NOT prevent your victim from also pursuing criminal and civil damages in court.

    Contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free case consultation.

    Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.

    October 1, 2015

    Jackson Auto Burglary Arrests

    Earlier this week, three men were arrested for auto burglaries in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 20-year-old Jason Darrell Lee, 58-year-old Jacob Stewart Jr. and 47-year-old Robert Wayne Bradford have been charged in connection with auto burglaries that happened near Meadow Heights Drive, early Monday morning. Although very few details about the arrests have been released, we do know that each was charged with three counts of auto burglary.

    When to Call a Criminal Defense Attorney

    After any type of arrest, it's a good idea to speak with a skilled criminal defense attorney about your case. If convicted, burglary charges can land you behind bars and facing hefty fines. If you or somebody you love has been charged with burglary in Jackson or the surrounding communities, contact the proven criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

    September 25, 2015

    Bank Robbery Arrest in Clinton

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    Earlier this week, a man was arrested in connection with an attempted bank robbery in Clinton. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the incident happened at about 3:30 p.m. at the BancorpSouth on Highway 80. Elijah Harris, 22-years-old, is accused of attempting to rob the bank with a threatening note. Initial reports indicate that a note demanding money was involved, and that the note also mentioned a weapon.

    Robbery Arrest in Clinton

    Although very few details about the arrest have been released, we do know that Harris was taken into custody as he was leaving the bank. WJTV News Channel 12 also reported that the investigation is ongoing in this case. At this time, there has been no word on what charge or charges Harris is facing. His bond has been reportedly set at $250,000.

    Armed Robbery Charges

    In many cases, it is possible to be charged with and convicted of armed robbery whether there was a weapon present or not. Just the implication of a weapon is enough to have your charges bumped from simple robbery to armed robbery. In addition to the theft of another person's property in the presence of that person, the threat of force is also an element of armed robbery. If intimidation and the threat of force were two factors in your case, you could be facing armed robbery charges. If weapons such as guns were involved, you could also be looking at additional charges.

    After a Robbery Arrest in Jackson

    Armed robbery charges can hold lengthy prison sentences and large fines if convicted. It's important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest for the best possible outcome of your case. Always remember to exercise your right to remain silent, contact your lawyer and wait until he or she is available to start discussing the details of your case.

    If you or somebody you love is facing robbery or armed robbery charges in the Jackson Metro Area or the surrounding communities, contact the proven criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 958-1600 for an immediate case consultation.

    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.