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Criminal Defense

It is hoped the day will never come when you must call a criminal defense attorney however should you find yourself in that position it is important that you seek out the most experienced Mississippi criminal defense lawyer. The fact that you may be innocent of the charges is simply not a good enough reason to skip hiring a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney--thousands of victims are convicted of crimes they did not commit each and every year.

Our justice system places those accused of a crime at an instant disadvantage because they are facing prosecutors who have nearly unlimited government funding as well as jurors who are quick to presume guilt. Without a significant amount of money or perhaps the right associations, it may be impossible to support the level of defense necessary for your situation. Your goal should be to find a criminal defense attorney who not only has a positive track record of success but is also able to level the playing field on your behalf.

Criminal Offenses and the Progression of Your Case

There are many different criminal offenses you could be charged with. Some of those include murder, child abuse, federal and juvenile crimes, domestic violence, DUI, burglary, assault, theft, white collar crimes, kidnaping, robbery, sex crimes, drug crimes and other types of violent crimes. Once the police have reason to believe you have committed a crime, an investigation will be mounted. Facts will be assessed, witnesses will be interviewed, and evidence will be collected against you.

At the point when the police believe they have gathered enough evidence against you they may ask a judge to issue a warrant for your arrest. Depending on your offense, you may be allowed to post bail, or a judge could refuse bail which means you have no choice but to stay in jail until your trial—which could be a very long time. Having an experienced Mississippi criminal defense attorney at this point could make the difference between whether you will be allowed to go home to your family or remain behind bars.

When you go before a judge to enter your plea, your Mississippi criminal defense attorney will be by your side, as well as at your preliminary hearing in which the prosecutor must show there is enough solid evidence against you to set a trial date. Your attorney will likely argue (depending on your specific charges and the circumstances) that no probable cause exists, and all charges should be dismissed.

At this point you will confer with your attorney to determine whether a negotiated plea bargain is in your best interests at this time or if it is time to fight your charges before a jury. You must ensure that your chosen attorney has considerable trial experience as well as a good track record in the courtroom. Your freedom is on the line and your very future could hinge on this trial.

Long Term Consequences of a Mississippi Criminal Conviction

Most criminal convictions bring negative consequences which can last for a very long time. You may be unable to get a job, obtain a student loan, possess a firearm, obtain a professional license, rent a home, work with children or hold public office. Having a criminal conviction on your record is truly a game-changer, altering your life forever. Don’t leave your future to chance—ensure you choose the most competent, qualified Mississippi criminal defense attorney to fight aggressively on your behalf for your life and your future.

What to Do Following an Arrest

If you find yourself being arrested for a criminal offense the very most important thing to remember is that it is never in your best interests to speak to the police. Remain calm, give your name and address, then politely request an attorney—and stop talking. The Miranda warning exists for a very good reason. Police officers are trained to gather evidence which they will use against you even if that means bending or breaking rules or taking the most innocent comment out of context and using it against you. Despite the many police shows we see on television most people feel if they cooperate with the police and answer all questions honestly, they will be fine. In reality, they are simply giving police the ammunition they need for a slam dunk conviction. Refrain from answering questions or talking at all until your Mississippi criminal defense attorney arrives and you can discuss your situation with him or her.

Dealing with a State Which Has Unlimited Resources

Most state prosecutors have a fairly large budget provided by the taxpayers which allows them extensive resources, extremely advanced crime labs and expert witnesses that the average person charged with a crime simply can’t afford. For this reason, you need a particularly aggressive advocate in your corner who has an equal amount of resources and can go head to head with the state prosecutor. It is imperative that you retain a Mississippi criminal defense attorney who stays on top of the frequent changes in the law and who has extensive courtroom and trial skills.

How Your Attorney Will Make a Difference

Should you and your attorney decide the best way to resolve your case is with a plea agreement, simply having an attorney to negotiate on your behalf usually results in the prosecutor offering a much more reasonable deal. Most importantly, you must have an attorney who will work tirelessly to uncover any evidence which will weaken the case against you—should the prosecution fear a loss at trial, plea negotiations are likely to go much more smoothly. When choosing a Mississippi criminal defense attorney to defend your criminal charges, make sure you work with someone you can put your entire trust in—if you determine you can trust this person with your freedom, your rights, your family, your career and your future, then it is a good bet he or she is the right one for you and for your future.

Contact Our Jackson Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you are arrested and charged with a crime in Jackson, Hattiesburg, Meridian, or anywhere in the State of Mississippi, you need to fight for your rights and protect your freedom. The best way to do this is to hire an experienced Jackson criminal defense attorney immediately.

At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys believe in fighting aggressively for our clients and we can build a defense that is designed to expose the holes in the prosecution’s case against you. Contact Coxwell & Associates today at 1-601-948-1600 or 1-877-231-1600.

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