Answering Your College Crime Questions
At Hearn Law, we believe that one mistake should not derail your future. Yet, if you are a college student charged with a criminal offense, it only takes one failure in judgment to prevent you from achieving your goals.
Philip C. Hearn, our founding attorney, has helped thousands of individuals throughout Mississippi challenge charges and limit the impact a criminal matter has on their career and educational goals. Because we know it is overwhelming to face this type of situation, we have provided answers to questions lawyer Hearn has fielded in his free consultations.
What Is The Harm In Pleading Guilty To A Misdemeanor Offense?
You may think that accepting a guilty plea for a misdemeanor offense will result in only paying a fine. Unfortunately, there are far-reaching consequences associated with having a criminal record. If you are applying for a job or an apartment, potential employers or landlords may conduct a background check before they offer a position or lease.
Individuals with criminal records have a hard time competing with other candidates with clean records. Fighting the charges, even for a misdemeanor offense, can prevent you from having this mark on your record.
How Long Will A Criminal Charge Remain On My Record?
Criminal and arrest records may remain part of the public record for years, creating personal and professional headaches. If you have been arrested or convicted, there are steps that you can take to seal these records so that potential employers and other interested parties cannot find them.
Successfully navigating the expungement process can give you a fresh start. When you talk to attorney Hearn about your criminal matter, he will study your situation and give you an honest assessment of your options. Some criminal convictions, such as sex offense convictions, may not be expunged. Other convictions may be sealed after a certain amount of time has elapsed.
What Is The Statute Of Limitations For Criminal Offenses In Mississippi?
In Mississippi, prosecutors have two years to file charges against individuals for misdemeanor offenses. They have five years to file charges for most felony offenses. Some felony offenses, which include murder and kidnapping, do not have a statute of limitations.
If you have been accused of committing a crime or have been arrested, it is in your best interest to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Lawyer Hearn can help you prepare your legal strategy to confront the charges.
Do You Have Other Questions? Contact Us Today!
Our firm maintains offices in Blue Mountain and Jackson, so we are conveniently located to assist you with your legal issues. Attorney Hearn is qualified to represent students attending Ole Miss, Jackson State University, Milsaps College, Belhaven University, Antonelli College, Strayer University and other institutions in the area.