If you have been charged with a DUI/DWI in Mississippi or Tennessee then you are likely scared, and a million scenarios of what may happen to you are running through your head. [Read more…]
When you hear that a person is sent to jail, you expect that they have committed a crime that deserves jail time. But, unfortunately, many Americans are sent to jail for committing nonviolent crimes.
According to a recent news article, a report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) revealed that in 2012 more than 3,000 Americans were serving life sentences in prison without parole for nonviolent crimes. [Read more…]
In some cases of assault, it is hard to tell who committed a crime and who was acting to protect or defend another person.
A Michigan teenager was recently arrested for the assault of a driver who accidentally hit a young boy who had stepped out into the street. According to a recent news article, the driver was beaten right after he stepped out of his car to check on the injured child. [Read more…]
Shopping with sticky fingers usually doesn’t end well. Shoplifters are most often caught and charged accordingly. But, one Illinois family took shoplifting to the extreme. In fact, their shoplifting scheme was so extreme that it called for involvement from federal agents.
A Chicago family of three stole $7 million worth of merchandise from department stores across the country over the course of a decade. In what is being considered a “shoplifting ring,” the family sold the stolen merchandise online after swiping it from the shelves. [Read more…]
As a criminal defense attorney in Southaven, Mississippi, most cases I see involving weapon or gun possession charges often are based in the misunderstanding of gun laws, be it by the carrier or law enforcement.
Last month, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood attempted to clarify the state’s newest gun law, hopefully eliminating much of the confusion. Hood said gun owners with enhanced permits may take their concealed weapons to places like voting booths, government meetings, or state airports. [Read more…]
If you are pulled over by police in Northern Mississippi or the Memphis metro area, there are certain steps, rules, and protocols that officers must follow.
These apply at DUI checkpoints as well.
Unfortunately, police officers do not always respect the constitutional rights of citizens when pulling someone over for a traffic stop. Sadly, some officers realize that the average person does not fully understand all of their rights, and take advantage of this lack of knowledge.
In some cases, however, if you are pulled over a DUI checkpoint, officers may abuse their authority even if you do show a knowledge and thorough understanding of your rights. [Read more…]
As a criminal defense attorney in Southaven, I’ve been asked frequently about a recent crime that has hit Horn Lake, Mississippi.
The crime? One Horn Lake resident claims to be the victim of a “pigeon drop,” according to an article from WMC-TV.
What is a pigeon drop, you ask? The term refers to a scam that often leads to theft. It is a confidence trick in which a person—known as the “pigeon” in this situation—is persuaded to give up some money in order to secure the rights to a larger or more valuable object.
After the drop has been made, the scammers make off with the money, leaving the victim with nothing.
In the process, the thief puts his money with the pigeon’s money, seemingly entrusting the victim with the large total sum. In reality, however, the money is actually never given to the pigeon, who is instead given a switched bag (usually full of newspapers or other worthless material). [Read more…]
A recent report in the Natchez Democrat dealt with northern Mississippi youth crime statistics and discussed how the trends do not appear to follow conventional wisdom. Though many people might assume that when school is out incidents of youth crime would increase, the opposite is actually true.
Looking at arrest records for the past two years, the data shows that the number of Natchez and Adams County young people arrested are among the lowest in the summer months. Though this seems counterintuitive, a local Youth Court judge says the reason is because kids are dispersed throughout the community and not all located in one spot, something that’s conducive to committing crime. [Read more…]
The investigation began when the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation decided to cooperate in bringing down what they suspected was a large and organized dogfighting organization.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office said that when the police arrived at the dogfight on Saturday night, at least 200 people from more than 15 states were in attendance with an admission price of $100 per person. Police say some of the attendees came from as far away as California to watch the brutal fight, a sign that police say indicates some of them are relatively high up in the dogfighting world. [Read more…]
The case involves a woman, Nina Buckhalter, who suffered a stillbirth back in 2010. Doctors said that the stillbirth likely occurred because of Buckhalter’s drug use, specifically, because of cocaine. A lower court in Lamar County threw out the charge against Buckhalter, saying there was no evidence that the Mississippi legislature intended to criminalize drug use by pregnant women that might harm their children.
However, prosecutors are arguing that the charge of culpable manslaughter against Buckhalter should be reinstated and that the woman should stand trial. The Supreme Court decided to hear the case and will begin oral arguments later this week. [Read more…]