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Choosing Wisely: What to Look for in a Qualified Attorney

Finding the right attorney to represent your legal interests is a crucial step when faced with any legal issue. Whether you’re dealing with criminal charges, a child custody dispute, or navigating a complex legal matter, having a qualified attorney by your side can significantly impact the outcome of your case. Below are just a few key factors to consider when searching for a qualified attorney who can effectively advocate for your rights and interests.

Expertise and Experience

According to WLBT, a high school graduation party at the Mount Olive Community Center took a tragic turn when two teenagers were shot. One victim sustained gunshot wounds to the hand, arm, and leg, while the other was shot in the stomach. Although one victim has been released from the hospital, the other remains in critical condition. The immediate response from the Covington County Sheriff’s Office led to the identification of potential witnesses, who provided vital information about the suspected shooter. Based on the information provided by witnesses, Javion Carney was arrested in Collins. In addition to being charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Carney also faced an additional hold from the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a prior case in Gulfport. The eighteen-year-old appeared in Covington County Justice Court for his initial hearing. Judge John Laz Sanford made the crucial decision to deny Carney’s bond, considering the severity of the charges brought against him, which include attempted murder, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In denying the bond, the Court is saying Carney poses a continued threat to the public.

Bails & Their Denial in Mississippi

In Mississippi, the definition of “bail” is found under Miss. Code Ann. § 83-39-1. In this context, it means the use of money, property, or other security to release a defendant from custody and secure his appearance in criminal court proceedings. Bail bonds in Mississippi may not be excessive, and they may also be revoked or denied. The law governing denials is found in the Mississippi Constitution Art. 3, § 29. If someone is charged with committing any offense punishable by death or life imprisonment, they may be held without granting bail. If that person is arrested for a felony committed while on felony bail, the court revokes their bail, ordering the individual to be detained. It should be noted that “felony” under this bail statute means any offense punishable by death, life imprisonment, or imprisonment for more than five years under the laws of the jurisdiction in which the crime is committed. 


When it comes to handling felony criminal prosecutions, Mississippi’s Circuit Courts play a vital role. In this blog post, we will explore the key aspects of criminal law within the state’s Circuit Courts, shedding light on their jurisdiction, appellate processes, and essential rules and procedures.

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The Mississippi court system plays a crucial role in administering Mississippi law. The system is complicated, and today we will break everything into understandable chunks. We will introduce you to the key components of the Mississippi court system, ranging from the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals to Circuit, Chancery, County, Justice, Special, Municipal, and Youth Courts. By understanding the structure and functions of each court, you can feel confident that these courts are here to serve you. Rather than having to fight it out in the streets court, the courts can become your way of leaning towards settling your difficulties.

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