Vicksburg Municipal Court

Vicksburg is the county seat of Warren County, Mississippi—and the only city in Warren County. Vicksburg is located 40 miles due west of Jackson, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. In 2010, Vicksburg had a population of almost 50,000. The Mississippi River played a significant role in the history of Vicksburg; economics and residential development were also strongly influenced by the Mississippi River. Founded in 1811, Vicksburg saw rapid growth as a commerce center, agricultural center and center for those passing by on the Mississippi River.

There were many dangers associated with traveling up and down the Mississippi River in the early 1800’s. To combat the danger to travelers, safety regulations for steamboats were passed by Congress—regulations which, unfortunately, were virtually unenforceable. By 1840 goods could be transported via the railway, particularly cotton. In fact, by 1846 the railway sprawled across the entire state, becoming the only east-west railway between New Orleans and Memphis.

By February 1861, secession from the Union included eleven states; representatives from these states held a meeting in Montgomery, Alabama, and 48 hours later Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, gave his first address in Vicksburg. During this speech, Davis stated he had “earnestly” struggled to maintain the Union, however the safety and honor of the states required the dissolvement of the connection with the U.S.

The Union and the Confederacy expected the war to be fought quickly and be over, however by the summer of 1861 both sides were aware the war was likely to be long and difficult. The eventual fall of New Orleans and other strongholds near to the city resulted in evacuation along the Lower Mississippi. Vicksburg maintained railway access even when many other river towns could not. By July 1863, General Pemberton held a meeting with commanders to determine whether they felt they could fight their way out of Vicksburg. Two days later Pemberton and General Grant met to discuss surrender. Pemberton accepted Grant’s terms of surrender, so long as the 30,000 Vicksburg Confederates would not be sent to prison, rather would be paroled.

The Vicksburg National Military Park was created in 1899; the park commemorates and preserves the historic heritage of Vicksburg and is the final resting place for 17,000 Union Soldiers. The reconstruction of the South under President Andrew Johnson was harsh, leading to bankruptcy and devastation. Vicksburg soldiered through, rebuilding the levee system, which was vital to river communities, planting and harvesting crops, and being a part of the rapid comeback of the steam boat industry. Unfortunately, in 1876 the unpredictable Mississippi River cut across the DeSoto Peninsula, destroying Vicksburg, Shreveport and the Texas ferry and railway terminal, cutting off the east-west rail line and leaving Vicksburg with no river. Vicksburg was once again devastated but fought its way back yet again.

Many notable people call Vicksburg home—just a few of those include: Historian Edwin C. Bearss, former MLB outfielder for the Chicago Cubs, Roosevelt Brown, cornerback for the New England Patriots, Malcolm Butler, Playwright and television executive, Mart Crowley, country singer, Mark Gray, jazz bassist, Milt Hinton, actress Beah Richards and Governor of Nevada, Vail M. Pittman. The movie, “O Brother, Where Art Thou,” with George Clooney was filmed in Vicksburg, as was “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” and the hospital stairway scene from “Mississippi Burning.”

Vicksburg Municipal Court

The City of Vicksburg Municipal Court is located at 820 Veto Street. The Vicksburg Municipal Court deals with criminal misdemeanor offenses and traffic offenses. The Vicksburg Municipal Court can impose sentences such as jail time, fines and community service. Court for misdemeanors and traffic offenses is held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting at 8:00 a.m. Domestic Violence Court is held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. and Community Court is held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday at 8:00 a.m. Vicksburg Police Officers have jurisdiction within the city limits of Vicksburg. Mississippi Highway Patrol, as well as Warren County Sheriff’s Department may also arrest individuals within the Vicksburg city limits.

Felonies and Misdemeanors

Felonies are the most serious type of criminal offenses, and while a felony is usually a violent crime, a felony can also be a non-violent crime. In the state of Mississippi, a felony conviction results in incarceration for a minimum of one year, up to life in prison, depending on the offense. Most of those convicted of a felony offense will spend time in the Mississippi state prison. Fines for a felony offense can be as high as thousands of dollars. Felony offenses were once known as “true crimes,” in the state. Felony criminal offenses in the state could include capital murder, murder, manslaughter, attempted murder, rape, arson, burglary, robbery, human trafficking, escape from prison, criminal damage to property, assisting in a felony, and failure to inform a sexual partner of HIV-positive status.

Felony convictions have far-reaching consequences, in addition to jail and fines. The right to obtain a professional license could be lost as could the right to own a firearm, the ability to obtain a government student loan for college, and even the right to vote could potentially all be taken from those with a felony conviction, Further, those with a felony conviction often find it extremely difficult to obtain employment or even rent an apartment.

Misdemeanor offenses are less serious than felony offenses—but still serious. In some instances, a misdemeanor offense in the state of Mississippi can be bumped up to a felony when aggravating factors are present. As an example, the offense of simple assault is generally charged as a misdemeanor, however if that same assault was committed against a police officer or was committed with a deadly weapon, the offense could be charged as a felony. The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor offense is up to a year in jail.

There can be fines as large as $1,000 for misdemeanor convictions as well. A misdemeanor criminal offense in the state of Mississippi could be a first-offense DUI, simple battery, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of less than 30 grams of marijuana or shoplifting less than $500. If you are charged with a Mississippi felony or misdemeanor, it is extremely important that you speak to an experienced Mississippi criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.

Contact Our Vicksburg Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you are arrested and charged with a crime in Vicksburg, 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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