It is important to remember that if you have been involved in a crash, or if you have lost a loved one to a crash, you should not speak with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier until you have consulted an attorney about your rights. Insurance companies, who are looking only at their bottom line, will often attempt to persuade unrepresented parties to settle for less than they may be entitled to. [Read more…]
Many call it a “technicality” or “paperwork”, but what Desoto County sheriff’s deputies found out in court Monday is that proper procedure must be followed for Mississippi DUI arrests in Mississippi.
“Every so often, the Attorney General and State Auditor prescribe a new DUI ticket form. This was implemented July of last year,” says Shirley Beshears, Desoto County Justice Court Clerk. But it took months for DeSoto County to get the new tickets, and deputies continued using old forms. When the cases came to court, defense attorneys called for dismissal saying the Uniform Traffic Ticket Statute had been violated. Judge Karen Sanders agreed and Monday morning dismissed four DUI cases and the suspects arrested for DUI were let go.
Many residents in DeSoto County MS disagree with this decision. “The courts should never throw something like that out. I know people who have had their lives taken due to drunk drivers,” says Amber Papageorgeon of Southaven MS. Another Southaven MS resident, Mike Stroupe, shares a similar opinion, “It’s sad when you let a little paperwork keep justice from being served and keep city streets safe.”
The Desoto County Sheriff says the tickets were written late last year and should have gone to court in January, but there were continuous delays. Desoto County’s Prosecutor says he will look at the judge’s ruling to see if the old tickets could be amended and re-issued. Four cases already dismissed and there may be more to come.
Although some may disagree with the outcome, these DUI cases highlight the importance of having the representation of a experienced Southaven MS DUI attorney. If you face a Mississippi DUI charge, you are probably worried about going to jail and losing your drivers’ license, which can ultimately effect your family, your criminal record, and your financial security. If you are like most people you are probably overwhelmed by the complexity of Mississippi DUI law and the legal process. Call a MS drunk driving defense lawyer for a free initial consultation, and insure that you are doing everything possible to protect yourself.
“Desoto County DUI Cases Thrown Out on Technicality” by April Thompson, WREG News3 , May 17, 2010.
Tammy Holliday, a 39 year old Walls Elementary School cafeteria worker, was tragically killed in a serious automobile accident at what many have called a very dangerous intersection in Walls, MS. According to Milton Kuykendall, Desoto County School Superintendent, this intersection, which is located nearby the Lake Cormorant School, has been the subject of numerous accidents and one that badly needed a traffic signal.
Unfortunately, the need for safety measures (such as placement of a much needed traffic signal) are often not taken seriously until such time as a serious injury or death occurs. However, even when traffic signals are installed, it is more often the case they are not properly maintained–resulting in serious injury to those driving or pedestrians crossing these intersections. [Read more…]
Authorities are investigating the jail death of 28-year-old Kenosha Wilson who was in the custody of the DeSoto County Jail when she passed away. An officer discovered Wilson’s body face down on a mat at 6:12 a.m. The officer, who apparently thought Wilson was sleeping, tried to awaken her, but soon discovered she was dead.
Officials say there was no sign of foul play and no apparent evidence of suicide. Wilson’s body was sent to the Mississippi Crime Lab for autopsy.
While it is often the case that there is no foul play relating to an inmates death or serious injury, there are certain situations that merit a full and complete investigation by an experience governmental liability or inmate abuse attorney. [Read more…]