Last week, 21 marijuana plants were found in an Attala County home. According to WJTV News Channel 12, 25-year-old Mickele Roby was arrested on Thursday and charged with manufacture of marijuana. Apparently, law enforcement officers were at the home serving an unrelated warrant when they found the plants, two handguns and various pieces of growing equipment. Roby's bond was set at $5,000.
The War on Drugs
The privatization of prisons and the war on drugs have made locking up non-violent drug offenders a booming business. First-time and non-violent offenders can be locked up virtually indefinitely depending upon the amount of drugs they're charged with. The Prison Policy Initiative (PPI) estimates that about 2.4 million people are locked up in the United States. The War on Drugs and mandatory minimums can largely be thanked for this disturbingly high number of incarcerated Americans.
Mandatory minimum sentences are common in drug cases at the Federal level. This means that if you've been charged with a certain crime, there is a mandatory prison sentence involved. They don't look at individual circumstances or take into account your unique situation. The judge doesn't have any discretion when mandatory minimums are involved. If convicted, you have to serve a sentence that does little to rehabilitate or foster a better future for reducing recidivism. It's important to note that the harshest penalties are given in cases where crack cocaine and crystal meth are involved. Of course, these cases hand out the harshest sentences to individuals that often lack the resources to hire skilled representation.
The Mississippi Legislature has recently passed new laws that slightly lower some of the punishments for drug offenses and require the greater use of drug courts. For too many years first offenders have been incarcerated instead of utilizing drug courts. While the Legislature could have gone further than they did, the new law is a good first start.
What to Do After a Drug Arrest
After a drug arrest of any kind, it's important to contact a skilled criminal defense lawyer with a proven record in both state courts and Federal District Court. Depending upon the amount of drugs seized, you could be facing mandatory minimums of 10 years or more, even if this is your first arrest. Don't leave your fate to chance. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 948-1600 for a free consultation today. Our experienced team can represent you in both Mississippi state courts and Federal District Court. Our number-one priority is helping you achieve the most favorable resolution possible for your unique situation.