When you are accused of a crime in Mississippi, you may face a variety of potential penalties. To protect your rights, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side in court.
About Criminal Charges in Mississippi
The state of Mississippi recognizes two distinct categories of crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. While misdemeanor crimes are considered the least serious crimes, felonies are the most serious crimes in the state. Possible penalties for conviction depend on the nature of the crime, your criminal history and the discretion of the court.
Examples of misdemeanors in Mississippi include driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, shoplifting, hazing and stalking. In many cases, the factor that distinguishes these crimes from felonies is the monetary value of the property involved or the severity of the harm caused to another person.
Most misdemeanors carry potential penalties of jail time and/or fines. The maximum fine for a misdemeanor is $5,000, while the maximum amount of jail time is usually six months.
Examples of felonies in Mississippi include possession of drugs, computer fraud, robbery, domestic violence and murder. Felonies in Mississippi are not divided into different classes. Instead, the state assigns possible penalties to each individual crime. For example, the maximum penalty for robbery is 15 years in prison, while the maximum penalty for murder is life in prison. Some felony convictions may also carry a possible fine.
Working with the Hearn Law Firm
When you are charged with a crime in Mississippi, you have options. You may choose to represent yourself in court, you may accept representation from a public defender or you may hire your own attorney. Because of the severity of the penalties attached to most crimes in Mississippi, having a qualified attorney on your side is essential. The right attorney will be able to help you build the strongest possible defense, collect evidence and fight aggressively for your rights in court. An experienced attorney can also help you review any plea bargains offered by the prosecution.
The Hearn Law Firm has experience handling all types of criminal cases, including both felonies and misdemeanors. We can handle your case whether you are charged at the state level or the federal level. Contact our office today to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.