Expungements are a complicated process, and they can be confusing. In our previous article, What You Need to Know About MS Criminal Record Expungements: Part One, we talked about felony expungements and how the process may differ according to whether or not the convict is of legal majority. In this second installment, we’ll go over the basics of misdemeanor expungements.
Unless you have received a referral from a trusted friend or family member, hiring an attorney can be a pretty daunting task. It's even more intimidating if you've never worked with a lawyer before. Before you begin narrowing your list down (or even before you start searching through the countless listings online), it pays to know what questions to ask. Here are a few suggestions:
What is the attorney's area of expertise?
That is, what types of cases does he or she handle on a daily basis? If you are told that your prospective attorney's area of expertise is "general practice", this means that they dabble in various areas of the law, but have not committed to one particular type of legal work.
At Coxwell & Associates, each of our lawyers have limited themselves to certain areas of the law, which allows our team to offer clients the kind of expertise you just don't find at a general practice law firm.
It happens every year. On January 1st, hundreds of new laws become effective in various places across the country. Mississippi is no exception to this, and when our calendars rolled over into 2016, we welcomed all sorts of new changes, ranging from health insurance policies to gun control. Here is a quick overview of new laws that took effect in Mississippi on January 1, 2016:
Changes to Regulations Governing Concealed Carry Permits
As of this year, not only will permit fees be waived for honorably retired law enforcement officers, but gun permits must clearly state that they are former officers of the law. This includes retired prison guards, as well. Again, they must have left the force on good terms in order to enjoy this benefit.
To learn more, see Senate Bill 2394
Changes Encouraging the Hiring of Veterans
If you are a business owner and you hire a veteran to work for you, you may be eligible for a tax credit of up to $2,000. The catch is that the vet must have served in the U.S. military after September 1, 2001, and he or she must have been honorably discharged. This credit is granted per veteran you hire, and it repeats for up to 5 consecutive years for each. The benefit will cut off when you reach a cumulative total of $1 Million for all of the veterans you hire.
To learn more, see House Bill 33
When the docudrama, Making a Murderer, hit Netflix on December 18, it was an instant hit. The show was filmed over ten years and sheds light on some of the shortcomings of the American justice system. Specifically, it outlines how the Manitowoc County, Wisconsin justice system failed one of its local citizens, Steven Avery. Unfortunately, like many criminal cases, there are a number of questions that remain unanswered.
Aiding and abetting can occur either before or after a crime has occurred. In Mississippi, if you have aided and abetted a criminal after a crime has been committed, you are said to be an "accessory after the fact". In order to be convicted of this, it must be proven that you knew the criminal had committed a crime and you helped them in some way to evade arrest or prosecution (after the commission of said crime).
Although police brutality is an age old problem, it has only been in recent years that we've seen such extensive media coverage surrounding the issue. There have been a number of notorious cases, but most of those have been extreme and not an accurate representation of the most common types of police brutality that occur. This type of incident doesn't necessarily need to have such a severe outcome in order to be valid grounds for a lawsuit. If there have been any injuries or emotional harm sustained as a result of an officer's behavior, then the victim should speak with an attorney right away.
Millions of students across the United States participate in competitive sports through their schools each year, and as a result, many of them are treated for sports-related injuries. Generally speaking, these injuries are almost always minor, but what should you do if your student-athlete incurs something more serious? Who is responsible for the associated medical costs?
On October 1 of this year, the DUI laws in this state got a face-lift. As with most changes to our laws, there are some very happy groups and some not-so-happy groups. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) was very happy about this change in penalties for driving under the influence--though some groups originally pushed for a lower Blood Alcohol Content (BAC). Luckily for restaurateurs and social drinkers, the desired change of BAC from the current 0.08 to 0.05 did not occur. However, the DUI laws did see some substantial changes in the latest legislative session.