MISSISSIPPI CRIMINAL LAW
Criminal law in Mississippi can be found the State's statutes and rules of procedure. Mississippi criminal statutes cover a wide variety of crimes and trial processes. The subsequent information contains a short overview of a selection of common topics in Mississippi criminal law. The information contained is not meant to replace a lawyer, and anyone with a specific question regarding Mississippi criminal law should contact a Mississippi criminal attorney.
Drug Possession Mississippi
A drug arrest in Mississippi is a serious offense that can carry long-term jail sentences and heavy fines depending on the type of drug, quantity of drug, and offense charged.
Any drug offense in Mississippi carries significant penalties. If you or a loved one have been arrested and charged with a drug offense in Mississippi, contact a Mississippi criminal attorney.
Assault In Mississippi
Assault in Mississippi can either be simple or aggravated depending on the nature of the criminal act.
Simple or aggravated assault in Mississippi can carry harsher penalties if the victim falls into a special class such as police officer, child, court officer, or medical personnel. For information on a specific case of assault in Mississippi, contact a Mississippi criminal lawyer.
Mississippi Drunk Driving - DUI
Driving Under the Influence (DUI), is an offense in Mississippi that is serious and can result in expensive consequences for the defendant if convicted. A first time DUI conviction in Mississippi can lead to 48 hours in jail, fines up to $1,000, a license suspension of 90 days, and possible alcohol safety programs. Additionally, there are a handful of administrative fees and court costs the defendant will likely be forced to pay on top of the legal consequences. If arrested for a DUI in Mississippi, contact a Mississippi DUI attorney.
Right To A Jury Trial In Mississippi
Mississippi's constitution grants criminal defendants the right to a jury trial. Prosecutions for minor offense with the possibility of time spent in a county jail are handled by local courts, and in those cases a defendant facing fewer than 6 months in jail will not have a jury trial. For questions about whether or not a specific case will be tried by a jury, consult a Mississippi criminal attorney.
Trial Date In Mississippi
A defendant in Mississippi will be scheduled for trial no more than 270 days after they have been arraigned. A judge may grant a continuance if either party proves good cause for one before the trial begins. For questions about a trial date or a continuance, consult a Mississippi criminal attorney.
Sentence Review / Appeals In Mississippi
A defendant convicted of a crime in Mississippi has a right to appeal to a higher court in order to review the sentence or the conviction. A sentence or conviction may be overturned or reduced if an appeals court finds the sentence is unconstitutional or excessive, or errors made by the trial court that affected the verdict. Appeals require timely detail to legal procedures, and anyone seeking to appeal a judgment should contact a Mississippi criminal defense lawyer.
Relevant Mississippi Criminal Law