Coxwell & Associates’ attorneys practice all across the State of Mississippi, from their home office in Jackson to their Gulf Coast Office, over through the Delta and up into the northern hills. On a daily basis the attorneys are called to help people in The City of Madison, Ridgeland, and Madison County, Mississippi. Last week managing partner Merrida Coxwell was called by a mother and father who were arrested for allegedly contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The allegation is that their son met a girl out of state and brought her back to Mississippi without the girl’s parents’ permission. Some of the evidence indicated that the girl’s mom and step-dad had a drug problem and the girl did not want to stay with them anymore.
The charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor can be a misdemeanor or a felony. One should always remember that a misdemeanor is called a “petty” crime and can result in up to a year in the county jail but a misdemeanor conviction does not result in the person going to prison or losing any civil rights. A felony carries the potential punishment in the State Penitentiary and can cause the loss of civil rights and benefits. (See this handy chart or “cheat sheet” for the punishment for misdemeanors and felonies.)
This story was reported in several news outlets including both the newspaper and television. The Ridgeland Police Department acted swiftly in this case taking possession of the minor child. There were rumors that the almost 16 year old child had not been attending school back in her home state and that her mom and step-dad were serious drug users. There were also numerous incorrect rumors swirling around about the young man arrested in this case. Managing Partner Merrida Coxwell was hired by the mom and dad to represent them on the contributing charge and on other charges that were being pressed by law enforcement. Merrida went to work immediately and obtained the parents release and worked with law enforcement so that no additional charges were brought at this time. By avoiding more charges the mom and dad were able to avoid very costly bail bonds on suspected charges that the Madison County Grand Jury may find are not valid.
This case established that there is nothing better than a law firm who will get right to work when a person is in trouble. Law enforcement sometimes overcharges when it comes to crimes. Other times they may charge a crime and upon reflection see that what they thought was a crime is not. This is where it helps to have an experienced, respected, and dedicated lawyer on your side.
Merrida Coxwell is an attorney with over 31 years of experience handling almost every type of criminal case from misdemeanors to serious and complex felonies. Mr. Coxwell’s reputation is recognized across the state of Mississippi in the courtroom, negotiating, and in criminal appeals.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.