Raymond Municipal Court

Raymond, Mississippi is located in Hinds County, which is situated in the west-central section of the state. Raymond is one of the oldest towns in the state of Mississippi, chartered in 1830. Prior to that time, plantations covered the area, yielding an abundance of crops, such as tobacco and cotton. Raymond was designated as the seat of Hinds County, with a magnificent courthouse built in 1857—a courthouse that the Smithsonian recognizes as one of the ten “most perfect examples of Southern architecture in the United States. Many structures remain from the 1800’s which remind those in the area of Raymond’s antebellum past. These structures include the Dupree House, Chancery Building, South Cedars, Shelton House, Phoenix Hall, Belcher House, Waverly, Gibbs Von Seutter House, Futch House and Mamie’s Cottage.

The Civil War molded the history of Raymond; in 1863 Union General James McPherson marched toward Raymond, encountering Confederate General John Gregg’s Brigade just a mile south of town. A six-hour battle ensued across the banks of Fourteen-Mile Creek. There were more than a thousand casualties, turning churches, schools and the courthouse into makeshift hospitals. The women of Raymond tended to all the wounded soldiers, both blue and gray. South of Raymond lies a Confederate Cemetery which memorializes those who lost their lives in the Civil War. The City of Raymond endured hard times after the Civil War with the plantations in ruin and the owners of the plantations bankrupt. A fire engulfed the town in 1858, and this fire, along with the devastation of the Civil War destroyed much of the business district.

A mixture of old and new makes Raymond the unique town it is today. Tourists love to visit Raymond, and residents love their hometown. As of the 2010 census, Raymond’s population was a bit less than 2,000. Raymond is one of the two county seats of Hinds County, sharing with Jackson, and houses the main campus of the Hinds Community College. Jackson, a Mississippi city full of things to do, is just a short 15-minute drive from Raymond. While in Raymond visitors can make the quick trip to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Mississippi State Capitol building, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Eudora Welty House and Garden, the Mississippi Museum of Art and the Mynelle Gardens.

Raymond Municipal Court

The Raymond Municipal Court is located at 110 Courtyard Square. The Honorable Jimmy Morton is the Raymond Municipal Court Judge, the Prosecutor is John D. Fike, and Lisa Raney is the Court Clerk. The Raymond Municipal Court is in session the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 1:30, excluding holidays. The Raymond Municipal Court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor criminal offenses occurring within the city limits. Violations of city ordinances are also heard in the Raymond Municipal Court.

Those who are cited for a traffic violation or other criminal offense which occurred within the city limits will have their case heard in the Raymond Municipal Court. Arrests made by the Raymond Police Department officers are resolved in the Raymond Municipal Court, although the MHP and the Hinds County Sheriff’s Department also have arrest authority within the city limits of Raymond.

Hinds County Courts

In Hinds County, Justice Judges Don Palmer, Tabitha Britton-Porter, Frank Sutton, Jimmy Morton and Pearlie Brown Owens hear cases at 407 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson, Mississippi. The Justice Court processes civil actions which do not exceed $3,500 and misdemeanor criminal charges. Hinds Circuit Judges Adrianne Wooten, Winston Kidd, Tomie Green and Faye Peterson are the judges for the Seventh Circuit Court District for the State of Mississippi. In the Seventh Circuit Court of Hinds County, the circuit judges preside over all felony criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits in which damages exceed $250,000. The Circuit Court judges preside over trials with a 12-member jury, although a Circuit Court Judge can also preside over a case without a jury. The Circuit Court of Hinds County also serves as an appellate court for appeals from the Justice Court, the County Court and the Municipal Court as well as hearing appeals from the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, the Public Employees Retirement System, and the Board of Supervisors and Alderpersons.

The Hinds County Circuit Court is located at 407 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson. The Hinds County Chancery Court presides over divorce cases, child custody cases, probate and mental health cases, land matters and equity cases and is located at 316 South President Street in Jackson. The Chancery Court Judges are: Judge Dewayne Thomas in Subdistrict 1, Judge Tiffany Grove in Subdistrict 2, Judge Denise Sweet Owens in Subdistrict 3 and Judge Crystal Wise Martin in Subdistrict 4.

Misdemeanor and Felony Cases in Raymond and Hinds County

Offenses such as simple battery, shoplifting merchandise worth less than $500, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana, petty theft and DUI are all misdemeanor offenses in the state of Mississippi. The term misdemeanor defines lesser crimes, meaning the crime is punishable by one year or less in jail, and not more than a $1,000 fine. Those who receive a jail sentence for a misdemeanor conviction will serve their sentence in a city or county jail. The State Penitentiary is only for those who are convicted of a felony offense. Felony crimes include drug possession, grand larceny, armed robbery, capital murder, murder, manslaughter, sexual battery, domestic violence, computer fraud with damage or loss greater than $500 and drug trafficking.

Unlike a misdemeanor conviction, a felony conviction can result in loss of voting rights or can prohibit a person from holding certain professional licenses, being bonded for a job and owning a firearm. You could be charged with a misdemeanor in the Raymond Municipal Court, the Justice Court, the County Court or a Circuit Court, although typically Circuit Courts handle felony offenses. If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense or a felony offense, it is extremely important that you contact an experienced Mississippi criminal defense attorney for the best outcome possible.

Contact Our Raymond, Mississippi Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you or someone you love has been arrested and charged with a crime in Raymond or anywhere in the State of Mississippi, the best thing you can do is to contact an experienced Raymond criminal defense attorney who will protect your rights throughout the criminal process.

At Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. That’s why we work tirelessly to defend our Raymond and Hinds County clients. Contact Coxwell & Associates today at 1-601-948-1600 or 1-877-231-1600.

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