Madison Municipal Court

Madison, Mississippi is named for the fourth president of the United States, James Madison. In the pre-Civil War era, the city of Madison began growing along a bustling railroad track, although at that time it was only Illinois’ Central Railroad station, Madison Station. Nearby Madisonville was a flourishing settlement, yet as the newly established railroad community began to thrive, Madisonville—with its two banks, race track, wagon factory and hotel—slowly began dying. Madison Station—like many southern railroad towns—fell victim to the Civil War, being largely destroyed in the 1861 Jackson siege. While no battles were fought in Madison, the command of Major General S.D. Lee was concentrated in Madison station for a time.

Following the Civil War, the Madison Land Company encouraged those from the north to “Go South and Grow Up with the Country.” The Land Company was offering prime land for a mere $3 per acre. The low price was coupled with some rather “tall tales” by the Land Company which claimed the state of Mississippi had the lowest debt ratio in the country and that residents of Mississippi were considerably healthier than those in New York and Massachusetts.

The business and residential sections of Madison were almost destroyed in 1900 when a fire roared through the city, however some of the oldest, most historic buildings did survive and are still being used and enjoyed today. There are three churches on Main Street in Madison which are prime examples of the 1930’s style of architecture (the Susan B. Montgomery Memorial Methodist Church, the St. Paul’s A.M.E. Church and the Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church.

Madison’s Main Street stopped at the railroad track until the 1930’s, when a schoolhouse was built across the track. Today, a red caboose at the corner of the old schoolhouse is a part of the Madison Square Center for the Arts. Strawberry Patch Park in Madison was once one of many strawberry fields in the area—strawberries and cotton were widely grown. In fact, at one time, Madison was known as the “Strawberry Capital of the World.” Madison remained a town until 1985 when it became a city—which has continued to flourish.

Over the past few years, Madison has become one of the fastest-growing cities in Mississippi and now has a population of more than 25,000. Just a few short miles from Madison is the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, the Antique Mall of the South, the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science and the Sweet Olive Tour Boats. For country charm with a bustling city nearby, Madison is the place to be.

Madison Municipal Court

The Madison Municipal Court is located at the Madison Justice Complex at 2001 Main Street, Madison MS. Judges Rick Mitchell, Jim Streetman and John Reeves preside over the Madison Municipal Court. The Court Clerk is Penny McElroy, Deputy Court Clerk is Renee Frazier, and Prosecutors are John Hedglin and Dale Long. The Madison Municipal Court meets every Thursday except the 5th Thursday of the month from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Initial appearances are set for 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and trials are set to be heard between 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Environmental Court is held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. The Madison Municipal Court has jurisdiction over traffic and misdemeanor offenses. Initial appearances for felony offenses will be heard in the Madison Municipal Court as will City ordinance violation hearings. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol can make arrests within the city limits of Madison the same as Madison Police Officers.

Felonies and Misdemeanors

Across the nation a felony criminal offense is much more serious than a misdemeanor criminal offense. A felony criminal offense is often a violent crime—although not always. In the state of Mississippi some of the most common felonies in the state (along with their penalties) are:

  • Murder (up to life in prison)
  • Domestic Violence (up to $500 in fines and up to six months in jail)
  • Robbery (up to 15 years in prison)
  • Sexual battery (up to 30 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines)
  • Capital murder (life in prison or the death penalty)
  • Possession of a Class V drug (50-150 grams—one to four years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, depending on the substance and the amount
  • Embezzlement (over $500, a fine up to $25,000 and up to 10 years in prison, embezzlement of public funds or trust property, fines up to $5,000 and a prison sentence of up to 10 years)
  • Computer fraud (when the damage or loss is $500 or more—a fine as large as $10,000 and/or up to 5 years in prison)
  • Kidnapping (up to 30 years in prison)
  • Grand larceny (up to 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $10,000)
  • Some repeat offenses, such as a third conviction for shoplifting or a third DUI conviction

A misdemeanor offense is much less serious than a felony offense but can nonetheless cause you problems for a significant amount of time. Both felony and misdemeanor offenses remain on your criminal record (other than those which could be eligible for expungement), which any potential employer can see during the hiring process. Misdemeanor crimes in the state of Mississippi are punishable by no more than one year in jail and a fine as large as $1,000—or both. Those sentenced to jail will serve their time in a city or county jail rather than the Mississippi State Penitentiary. Most felony convictions will remain on your record for life, although certain misdemeanor convictions can be expunged from public records so that prospective employers cannot view them.

Felony offenses can haunt you for a very long time—you could be unable to obtain a government student loan, get a professional license you have worked hard for, work with children (depending on the crime), own a firearm, vote, or even rent an apartment. In other words, your life can become very difficult when you have a criminal record. If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony criminal offense, it is in your best interests to speak to an experienced Mississippi criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.

Contact Our Madison Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you are arrested and charged with a crime in Madison, Ridgeland, 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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