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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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September 25, 2014

Stolen Vehicles Found in Jackson

mississippi.jpgEarlier this week, three people were taken into custody after stolen vehicles were found on a property in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the vehicles in question were located on a property on Fountain Avenue. As of Wednesday, September 24, 2014, law enforcement officials had three people in custody.

There's no word on whether or not any or all of those people have been charged with crimes yet. The vehicles were allegedly stolen from people in Vicksburg, Ridgeland and Jackson. Although very little information has been released, authorities did confiscate a tow truck as evidence, and the term "chop shop" has been used.

If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a theft, robbery, burglary or some other crime, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for experienced representation. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates are know statewide for their skill, experience, dedication and compassion to their clients. The lawyers don't take every case that comes into the office but the cases they take are worked hard for the best interests of the client.

September 18, 2014

Man in Jackson Charged with Grand Larceny

Earlier this week, a man was arrested and charged with grand larceny in a case involving stolen batteries from the City of Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 42-year-old David Bernard Ezell allegedly stole 12 batteries that were used in the cell phone towers on Lynch Street. They also report that the suspect, who is also a former AT&T employee, is linked with similar charges in Clinton and Vicksburg.

The current charges involved are associated with a theft that happened on August 7th. All together, the batteries were worth about $7,200 to the city, so the suspect is facing grand larceny charges. If you or a loved one is facing larceny, robbery, burglary or theft charges, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a case consultation today. The lawyers at Coxwell & Associates have real experience. They don't just say they have experience like many lawyers, rather they show you that experience on their webpage.


September 12, 2014

What can Ray Rice's case teach Mississippi about Domestic Assault?

ray-rice-punch-ap_296.jpgAs a huge NFL fan, specifically of the Cleveland Browns, it gave me complete and unbridled satisfaction when Ray Rice was cut from the Baltimore Ravens. However, the reason for his abrupt dismissal from the team was a despicable act which we as a society cannot tolerate.

Everyone is probably familiar with the facts of this case. On February 15, 2014, the day after Valentine's Day mind you, Ray Rice and his then fiance Janay Palmer were both arrested and charged with domestic assault. Video surveillance captured Ray dragging his unconscious fiance out of the elevator. Police reports reflect that Ray had knocked Janay out cold. Ray filed assault charges against Janay as well. This is a pretty common tactic in cases like this.

On March 27th, the case was presented to a grand jury which indicted Ray for aggravated assault. This is a felony which carries up to 5 years in prison. The assault charges against Janay were dropped. On the next day, Ray and Janay were married. The two were originally scheduled to wed in the summer but why wait? In Mississippi a spouse cannot testify against another spouse. That's called the spousal privilege. However, this privilege does not apply in domestic violence cases. New Jersey has a similar privilege which does not apply in domestic cases. So either Ray and Janay just couldn't wait to get married OR they were getting married in order to make it more difficult for a jury to convict Ray.

Well, Ray was offered a plea deal for probation which he rejected. He then applied for and was received in a pretrial diversion program. If he completes the six month program the charge would be erased from his record.

Ray and Janay met with executives from both the NFL and the Ravens. No one knows what was discussed but we presume they were asked what happened inside the elevator. After the meetings, Ray was suspended for two games. Case closed. Or was it?

On September 8, 2014 TMZ released a video from inside the elevator. TMZ obtained the video from the casino. Both the NFL and Ravens quickly explained that neither had seen the video. Later that same day the Ravens cut Ray and the NFL suspended him indefinitely.

Several questions remain. A law enforcement official revealed that a copy of the elevator video had been sent to the NFL, contradicting the NFL's position. But did we need the video? Everyone saw the original video with Ray dragging an unconscious Janay out. How did she get that way? Ray admitted to hitting her. Did we need to see it to believe it?

Domestic violence in any shape, form, or fashion is wrong. Whether it's the man or woman (and yes there are cases where women assault men). Mississippi's domestic laws are strict. If you are arrested for domestic violence, you must stay in jail for 24 hours and see a judge before you can bond out of jail. A first offense conviction can land you in jail for 12 months plus you are forbidden from possessing a gun under federal law. For subsequent offenses, the jail time increases. If the assault causes serious bodily injury you could be facing 20 years in jail.

We have strong laws in Mississippi but why do we still see such tragic domestic violence cases? I think we see from Ray Rice's case that a domestic violence victim can be the problem. In this case the victim, Janay, stood behind Ray despite being knocked out. We have witnessed other cases where victims with a history of being abused consistently stand up for their abusers. This makes the prosecutor's case very difficult to prove if you have a victim refusing to cooperate.

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September 11, 2014

20 People Indicted on Federal Drug Charges

At least 20 people are facing federal drug charges in three separate indictments this week. About 15 of those people arrested are from Mississippi. According to WJTV News Channel 12, the indictments are allegedly the result of an extensive Organized Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. This network was reportedly involved in the distribution of over 100 kilograms of methamphetamine between Mississippi and California.

Drugs Manufactured in California

The drugs are suspected to have been manufactured in a super-lab somewhere in California. Officials also suspect that the drugs were trafficked in private vehicles and through the U.S. Postal Service. Of the 20 charged, 16 were arrested in central Mississippi and California. Firearms and ammunition were also seized during arrests. If convicted, many of the suspects could be facing 20 years to life in prison.

Federal Drug Charges

Federal drug charges involving crack cocaine and crystal meth often hold the strictest penalties for defendants. With mandatory minimum laws, even first-time offenders can serve lengthy sentences in federal prisons. Effectively removing a judge's discretion in sentencing, mandatory minimums can even send non-violent offenders to prison for 10 years, 20 years or longer.

The Complexity of a Federal Case

Criminal defense cases, especially where drugs are involved, are much more complicated than criminal cases in state courts. Procedural differences and the higher level of punishment involved make federal drug cases more difficult for criminal defense lawyers. This is why it's so important to have an experienced lawyer fighting for your rights.

When to Contact a Lawyer

The experienced team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC has successfully represented defendants in drug cases in Mississippi State and Federal courts. If you've been arrested and indicted on federal drug charges, you should contact a criminal defense attorney with successful drug case experience as soon as possible.

With mandatory minimum laws, you can't afford to have somebody on your side that isn't completely dedicated to your freedom. We're not here to judge you. We're here to be your advocate in the complex criminal justice system. Our ultimate goal is to get any and all charges against you dismissed. The dedication of Coxwell & Associates paid off in two (2) federal drug cases. In both instances in Jackson the accused people were found not guilty. Unfortunately for clients, this does not happen every time, but an experienced group of attorneys like those at Coxwell & Associates helps provide the accused a "leg up." Call Coxwell & Associates if you have a criminal problem, big or small or if you have been seriously injured in a accident.

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September 3, 2014

Labor Day Weekend Arrests

Over the holiday weekend, law enforcement officials in and around Jackson were out in full force. According to WJTV News Channel 12, State Troopers set up a variety of DUI checkpoints throughout the long weekend during their "Holiday Safety Blitz." Listed below are the arrests and citations made during this period of increased law enforcement activity.

Labor Day Weekend "Holiday Safety Blitz"

• 905 Hazards
• 776 Non-hazards
• 2 Drug arrests
• 1 Felony arrest
• 68 Collisions
• 24 Injuries
• 1 Fatality

It's important to note that this list probably only reflects the citations and arrests made by State Troopers during their increased period of enforcement over the weekend. Many local law enforcement agencies stepped up enforcement over the holiday weekend too.

DUI Arrests

If you or a loved one was arrested and charged with drunk driving over the holiday weekend, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Whether you refused the breath test or had a blood alcohol concentration of .08 % or higher, you need to speak with a lawyer. Public defenders are often incredibly overburdened, especially after holiday weekends. In addition to fines and a suspension of your license, a DUI on your record can have a huge impact on your future.

Drug Arrests

Equally important, if you've been arrested and charged with some type of drug offense, you need to speak with an attorney immediately. Depending upon how much of what type of drug you were charged with, you might be facing charges in Mississippi State or Federal courts. Even misdemeanor drug charges can carry relatively hefty penalties in the State of Mississippi, so don't take a drug arrest lightly.

When to Call a Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been arrested over the holiday weekend or anytime throughout the year, you need to call a lawyer as soon as possible. You do have the right against self-incrimination. Don't tell arresting or investigating law enforcement officers anything that might incriminate you. Just ask to call your lawyer. Whether you're facing your first DUI or second drug offense, trusting your future to an overburdened public defender is taking a great risk with your future. You need a skilled lawyer with proven criminal defense experience.

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August 21, 2014

Man Arrested after Police Shoot Truck

Recently, an incident that happened in Tchula sent a man to jail after police officers fired at least 11 rounds into his truck. According to WJTV News Channel 12, on the night of August 8, 53-year-old Earl Anderson was taken to jail after allegedly assaulting an officer with his truck. For whatever reason, Anderson's truck was fired upon by law enforcement officials, no less than 11 times.

Very few details of the case have been released, but Anderson was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer with a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, fleeing, public endangerment, reckless driving, open container and driving with a suspended license.

He was taken to Holmes County Jail and booked on a variety of charges. At this time, officials with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a case consultation today.

The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have real experience actually helping people who are charged with criminal offenses. In order to let you see the real experience, the attorneys have cases listed on their web site showing the variety of criminal cases they have handled over the past thirty-four (34) years.

August 14, 2014

Man Arrested in Connection with Stolen Diesel Tank

Earlier this week, a man in Holmes County was arrested in connection with a diesel tank theft ring. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Sylvester Nicholson was allegedly found to be in possession of one of the stolen tanks. At this time, he has only been charged with possession of stolen property.

Authorities are likely trying to determine if he was responsible for the theft. WJTV News also reports that multiple farmers have had thousands of gallons of diesel fuel stolen recently.

If you or a loved one is facing charges of possession of stolen property, burglary or robbery, you need to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Don't take a chance with an overburdened public defender. Trust your future to an experienced lawyer with a proven track record.

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August 7, 2014

Stolen Weapons Arrest in Rankin County

An arrest has been made in a case involving stolen weapons and other items from two homes in Rankin County. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 31-year-old Charles Niklos Ray was arrested by officials with the Hinds and Rankin County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday morning.

He allegedly stole guns, ammunition, an ATV and other items from two unoccupied houses last Friday. Authorities report receiving a tip that Ray was at a hotel in Jackson, prior to the arrest.

They are also trying to connect Ray with an abandoned truck found in the woods off Highway 25, in which some of the stolen items were found. Not all of the stolen property has been accounted for, and law enforcement officials are still conducting an investigation. If you or a loved one is facing burglary or robbery charges, contact the experienced criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today.

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August 6, 2014

Convicted in the Court of Public Opinion

A few weeks ago, some friends and I got together for our once-a-month book club and the topic of conversation turned to the much-publicized Georgia case involving a father charged with murder for the death of his two year old son. If you aren't familiar with the case, a quick Google search will give you more information than you probably ever wanted or needed to know about Justin Harris, the accused father. You'll see information about his internet history, his employment history, his eating habits on the day of his son's death, and you'll see articles about the text messages he was sending that day. The text messages are where our book club conversation spurred this blog post.

jurybox.jpgBecause I am a defense attorney, I realize that my view of those accused of crimes is somewhat different than most of the public. I try to give those accused the benefit of the doubt, and I always keep in mind that the media--whether it's Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, or a local blogger--rarely has 100% of the facts. Or if they do have 100% of the facts, they are not knowledgeable about which facts are applicable to the case at hand. When I heard about the tragic death of two-year-old Cooper Harris after being left in a hot car after his father seemingly forgot about him, I was particularly doubtful that this was murder. While I'm not a parent (except to two dogs), I hear that it's a pretty exhausting, full-time job--on top of your other full-time job. I also know that my mom has told a story about the time she drove all the way to work with me in the backseat of the car, and it wasn't until she reached around to grab her purse did she see me strapped in the car seat and realized she had forgotten to drop me off. So I could easily imagine a scenario when something like Cooper Harris' death might occur. A tragedy? No doubt. But murder?

As the story unfolded and the media attention increased, Justin Harris was charged with felony murder and child abuse for the death of his son. I immediately did not agree with this decision and felt it was possibly a response to media hype. Then details started to emerge--and the way they were portrayed in the media did not make Mr. Harris look very good. There was live coverage of his preliminary hearing, and by the end of it, there probably weren't many people who didn't think Justin Harris was a no-good, murderous scumbag who deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison--or worse. The only problem with this opinion is that it comes way, way too early in the judicial process.

There have been posts on this blog about preliminary hearings, and the topic alone could cover one blog post (Merrida and Chuck--that's my topic for next time--don't steal it!), but here's a very brief, simple rundown. A preliminary hearing is also known as a probable cause hearing. They teach entire classes in law school on what constitutes probable cause and what probable cause really means, but all you need to know is this: at a preliminary hearing, the judge will decide whether it is more likely than not, based on the evidence presented, that a crime has been committed. If he or she determines that it is more likely than not that a crime was committed, then he or she has also determined there is probable cause for the charges.

At preliminary hearings, typically excluded evidence--like hearsay--is admissible to show probable cause, even if it will be excluded during the actual guilt phase. At Justin Harris' preliminary hearing, law enforcement presented evidence from Mr. Harris' personal cell phone, showing that during the day, while his son was still in the backseat of the hot car, Mr. Harris was exchanging text messages of a sexual and explicit nature with several different women--none of whom was his wife. Mr. Harris' attorney argued at the preliminary hearing that the evidence of "sexting" had no bearing on the case and was a tool to "publicly shame him." The judge allowed the texting evidence because it tended to show Mr. Harris' state of mind at the time of death. Which brings us back to my book club meeting.

One of my friends--who I in no way fault for her opinion, since it's clearly one the judge shared--was very upset by the fact that Mr. Harris was sexting while his son was dying, and she named this fact as one of the things that led her to believe he was guilty. I interjected that the texting evidence had literally no bearing on his intent to kill his child; it may make him a sleazy person, a horrible husband, and a questionable father, but just because he's adulterous doesn't mean he's a murderer. Most of the people in the book club didn't really agree with me, but that's not ever stopped me before from stating my opinion, so I continued. I told them all that the type of evidence allowed at the preliminary hearing--the text messages--would (or should, to be more accurate) not be allowed in at trial because it is exactly the type of evidence the Rules of Evidence do not allow. Law Books.jpg

Rule 402 of the Mississippi Rules of Evidence states that all relevant evidence is admissible, unless it's excluded elsewhere in the rules, and evidence that is not relevant is not admissible. The first argument against the text message evidence is that it's not relevant to the murder charge. As I said earlier, the fact that Justin Harris was sending explicit photos to women makes him a lot of things, but it does not make him a murderer. The prosecutors argued that the text showed his state of mind at the time--he wasn't thinking about his child--but I find it hard to believe that a parent is thinking about their child 100% of the time. Again, I'm not a parent, so I don't know from personal experience, but the earlier story about my mom leaving me in the car makes me believe it is possible for a parent to take her mind off her child and not want to kill it.

Rule 403 excludes evidence that may be relevant if it might cause unfair prejudice to the defendant. If we were to believe that the text messaging evidence has some sort of relevance to the murder charge, then it almost certainly should be excluded under Rule 403. The mere fact that my book club friend weighed it so heavily in her mind is proof of the fact that it is unfairly prejudicial to Mr. Harris. The key issue in the murder case will be the intent to leave the child in the car, and the explicit text messages are simply nothing more than character evidence to make jurors hate Mr. Harris. It is easy to believe someone is a murderer if you already think he's a bad guy for other reasons.

Which brings me to Rule 404. Rule 404 excludes evidence of the accused's character if it is being used to show that he is a bad person, and so he must have been being a bad person at the time in question, too. There are times when character evidence and evidence of "other bad acts" are allowed--when showing motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, knowledge, identity, or absence of mistake or accident. This blog post is already a little long, so I won't apply each of these exceptions to the Harris messages, but I will reiterate what I've already said: doing bad things at one time does not prove that you've done them a second time. The Rules of Evidence support that argument, and they are meant to prevent the type of poisonous thinking that the media feeds into.

I've inundated you with information in this post, and I hope you've stuck with me to the end. If there's one thing I want you to take away from this post, it is this: think about what you read or hear from the media. Think about the judicial system and the way you would want it to work if you ever found yourself accused of a crime. Would you want every text message you've ever sent or every internet search you've ever conducted to be splashed across the homepage of CNN? The Rules of Evidence and Rules of Procedure were created to protect defendants--yes, even the guilty ones--from unfairly prejudicial and irrelevant evidence. Justin Harris may be a bad husband and a sleazeball, but even bad people love their children. It is best to leave the determination of his guilt to the jurors charged with hearing the case--because unfortunately, the court of public opinion doesn't protect the accused from unfairly prejudicial and irrelevant evidence.

July 23, 2014

Multiple Drug and Burglary Arrests in Clinton

Last week, at least nine arrests were made in connection with a burglary and drug raid in Clinton. According to WJTV News Channel 12, a burglary at the Shell convenience store on Clinton Boulevard and a drug raid at a house on Suzy Lane were connected through various suspects. Initial reports indicate that nine people were arrested in connection those crimes and a variety of other crimes around Jackson.

Shell Store Burglarized

At around 2:30 a.m. on Monday morning, the Shell store on Clinton Boulevard was burglarized by two suspects. Law enforcement officers did acquire in-store video footage of the suspects. One of the suspects apparently had a distinctive tattoo.

Suzy Lane Drug Bust

On Monday evening, officers took Edward Burtts into custody as a result of a drug bust on Suzy Lane. Because of a tattoo, they allegedly connected Burtts to the Shell store burglary and other burglaries around South Clinton. An additional suspect, William E. Weeden, was also taken into custody in connection with the burglary.

Seven Additional Arrests

Law enforcement officials from various agencies made an additional seven arrests in connection with these two incidents and other crimes. Additional charges from the Jackson Police Department, Hinds County Sherriff's Department and the Madison Sherriff's Office may be pending.

Drug Arrests

Some of the suspects are facing a variety of charges ranging from possession of paraphernalia to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. With mandatory minimums, even the mildest of these charges could carry heavy penalties, so accused parties should contact experienced criminal defense attorneys with proven drug case experience swiftly for the best possible outcome.

Burglary Arrests

It sounds like both Edward Burtts and William Weeden are facing multiple charges from various jurisdictions, with additional charges pending. Burglary, larceny and robbery convictions can also carry heavy sentences, so it would be unwise to trust your case to an inexperienced attorney or an overburdened public defender. Nothing is more important than making sure your rights are being protected during a criminal case. Whether you're facing misdemeanor or felony charges in state or Federal courts, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible for the best representation.

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July 16, 2014

Drug Bust in Hinds County

On Sunday, a drug bust in Hinds County landed 41-year-old Anthony Demond Thompson in jail. The incident happened at around 7:00 p.m. at 557 Kirkley Drive in Jackson. According to WJTV News Channel 12, deputies found five pounds of high grade marijuana, scales, cell phones and a small caliber hand gun during their search. Thompson's mother was also questioned on the scene. Very few details have been released about this bust, which is being called an ongoing investigation. WJTV News did report that law enforcement authorities are hoping to arrest more people in combination with this bust.

After a Drug Arrest

After any kind of arrest involving drugs, whether you're facing state or federal charges, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can ascertain whether or not you were lawfully searched and be your advocate during this difficult time. Even first-time nonviolent offenders can face heavy sentences due to mandatory minimums.

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July 9, 2014

Madison County Drug Arrest

Last week, a man in Madison County was arrested for allegedly having 10 pounds of marijuana and 125 doses of ecstasy in his possession. According to WJTV News Channel 12, Fred Carvin Jr. was charged with possession of marijuana and ecstasy with intent to distribute. He was released from jail on a $10,000 bond.

The arrest happened on I-55 near exit 125. Apparently, he was pulled over, and law enforcement officials claimed to have smelled marijuana in the vehicle, which Carvin denies. They searched the automobile and found a small bag of marijuana and then found 10 pounds in the trunk along with the ecstasy.

Due to the amount of Marijuana involved, if convicted Carvin could face very stiff sentencing, even if he's a first time offender. If you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with possession, contact the skilled criminal defense team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC today.

The State of Mississippi recently enacted H.B. 585 which made substantial changes in many criminal punishments. However substantial amounts of drugs still carry very harsh punishments. This gentlemen needs to get legal counsel immediately.

Merrida Coxwell and Charles Mullins are two (2) of the partners at Coxwell & Associates. Both are experienced attorneys due to the number of cases they have handled and the complexity of cases. While many other lawyers advertise "they have experience" a search of their legal backgrounds show otherwise. A search of Merrida Coxwell and Chuck Mullins on Google produces page after page of stories about real cases. If you have a criminal problem or have incurred a serious injury, call Merrida Coxwell or Chuck Mullins at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC.