Articles Posted in MS Criminal Laws


Criminal law can often be challenging to comprehend, and felony murder is no exception. In this blog post, we aim to explain the felony murder rule in Mississippi without unnecessary complications. Felony murder differs significantly from “regular murder,” and prosecutors often pursue felony murder charges because they can be easier to prove. Moreover, felony murder can escalate to capital murder, carrying the potential for the death penalty or life imprisonment without parole.

Understanding Felony Murder

According to Forbes, a cast member of Bravo’s Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, was sentenced to six and a half (6.5) years in prison and five (5) years of supervised release after pleading guilty for the role she played in running a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme. The cast member and her right-hand man were arrested in 2021 and charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with telemarketing. The Department of Justice stated that the cast member “defrauded hundreds of victims” and “generated and sold ‘lead lists’ of innocent individuals for other members of their scheme to repeatedly scam.” The Department of Justice continued on to say that the cast member built her lavish lifestyle “at the expense of vulnerable, often elderly, working-class people.” 

Wire fraud is quickly becoming an epidemic. According to an FBI report, in 2021, over $6.9 billion was lost to cybercrime, far surpassing the previous year’s by nearly $2 billion. Some common examples of wire fraud include but are not limited to online phishing scams, unauthorized payments, and telemarketing schemes.

What is Wire Fraud Legally Speaking?

If I’m Accused of a Sex Crime, Will It Make Me Look Guilty If I Hire a Lawyer?

This is a question a lot of people ask themselves when they are being investigated for, or they are arrested for sex crimes. Often times, they call our criminal defense attorneys to ask that very same question. Even if the crime they’ve been accused of isn’t a sex crime, like possession of an illegal drug, or assault, most people still wonder if they’re doing the right thing by hiring an attorney. 

And why would they waste time wondering if they’re making the right choice by protecting themselves and exercising their Sixth Amendment rights? Why Should I hire an attorney if I did nothing wrong? The police will treat me fairly and I can just tell them my side of the story. They will surely know that I am innocent and drop these charges. This completely incorrect idea that only guilty people need legal help is repeatedly proven wrong. As with any kind of criminal case, having a good lawyer on your side is critical!

Exonerate Yourself from False Accusations

False accusations of sexual assault or molestation are a serious problem that can have devastating consequences for the accused individual. Although the actual prevalence of false accusations is difficult to determine, estimates suggest that up to 40% of sexual assault or molestation accusations may be false or exaggerated. The reasons why someone may falsely accuse another person of these crimes are varied and complex, and may include motivations such as monetary gain, advantage in a divorce case, or a desire to damage someone’s reputation out of jealousy or pettiness.

For someone who has been falsely accused of sexual assault or molestation, the situation can be incredibly overwhelming and traumatic. Not only must they contend with the emotional fallout of being falsely accused of a terrible crime, but they must also navigate the legal system to prove their innocence. This can be an incredibly daunting process, but with the help of an experienced and qualified criminal defense attorney, it is possible to gather the necessary evidence to support an argument of innocence.

Two Teens Charged After Driving Stolen Truck and Causing Crash

According to WLOX, two teens are facing a slew of charges after crashing a stolen vehicle into a school bus in D’lberville and attempting to evade arrest. Reports indicate that the incident began when officers received an alert that a stolen 2021 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling eastbound on I-10. Around the same time the initial alert was put out, another officer in the area spotted a vehicle matching the description of the stolen truck and attempted to stop it. Rather than stopping, the vehicle accelerated which led to a pursuit. According to reports, the driver attempted to turn at a high rate of speed causing the said driver to lose control and crash into another driver, which subsequently struck a school bus. Both the driver and the passenger are under the age of 18, and were charged with receiving stolen property, minor in possession of a firearm, and simple possession of marijuana. The driver was also charged with eluding.

How Does Mississippi Define Receiving Stolen Property?

Grand Jury Indicts 22-Year-Old on Capital Murder Charges

According to Mississippi Today, a Lafayette County grand jury indicted a 22-year-old Ole Miss graduate for the alleged murder of an LGBTQ+ student, Jimmie “Jay” Lee. According to a filing from the Lafayette County Circuit Court, the jurors indicted the young man on a charge of capital murder because he allegedly killed Lee while kidnapping him. The young man was originally arrested for the alleged murder back in July of 2022. Lee’s disappearance caught national attention during this time, in part because of the fear it sparked in Oxford’s tight knit LGBTQ+ community. Because of the severity of the charge, if convicted, the young man could potentially receive the death penalty. However, the young man and his family remain optimistic, as he continues to maintain his innocence. 

How Does Mississippi Define Capital Murder?

A 63-year-old Mobile, Alabama woman was accused of setting her husband on fire earlier this week, according to WLBT-TV. Reports by the Mobile Police Department indicate that officers responded to the scene around 6:30 in the evening in reference to a medical emergency. Once on the scene, officers discovered that the woman seemingly doused her husband with flammable liquid and set him on fire. The woman was present on the scene when the authorities arrived, and her husband was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The woman is facing an aggravated domestic violence charge, and reports indicate that her bond has been set at $7,500. In addition, the judge has ordered that the woman have no contact with her husband. 

Domestic violence is a pervasive problem in Mississippi, and aggravated domestic violence is a particularly serious subset of this crime. According to the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence, in 2020:

  • There were 19 domestic violence-related fatalities in Mississippi.

According to WLBT-TV Channel 3, a horse ran to safety after a group of people attempted to steal it from a pasture in Clay County, Mississippi. Sheriff Eddie Scott claims that one of the offenders saw the horse and hatched a plan with two juveniles and another man to help load the horse into a trailer. Reports indicate that the group allegedly walked the horse down the road, but it broke free from and ran back to its pasture. One of the offenders has since been  charged with livestock theft.

Livestock theft is a serious crime that is unfortunately common in the state of Mississippi. With a significant portion of the state’s economy relying on agriculture and farming, livestock theft can have a devastating impact on the livelihoods of farmers and ranchers. 

How Does Mississippi Define Livestock & Livestock Theft?

According to WLBT-TV, a Texas man has been charged with aggravated trafficking in Mississippi in mid-January. The man was allegedly arrested for trafficking over 10,000 pills, which consisted of fentanyl. As most are aware, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is extremely addictive and small doses of it can be deadly. 

The incident occurred back in April when a Rankin County Sheriff’s Department Deputy stopped a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by the man as a result of a traffic violation. Reports indicate that a woman and child were also inside the vehicle at that time. Upon approaching the vehicle, the deputy reportedly observed that the back panel of the passenger seat was lying on the floor. The deputy also saw two large packages that were wrapped in electrical tape bulging from the altered passenger seat as well as a few blue M30 – commonly known as counterfeit oxycodone – pills on the floor.

After further investigation, the packages found in the vehicle were revealed to contain over 10,000 counterfeit blue M30 pills, containing both oxycodone and fentanyl. The man has since pled guilty to trafficking fentanyl and will serve 10 years at the Mississippi Department of Corrections without parole. 

Four Hawaii police officers have been charged for their involvement in a September, 2021 car crash on the island of Oahu that injured six people, two of them severely.

According to Courthouse News Service, the prosecutor overseeing the case filed felony charges against the officers.  Officials say the officers chased down a vehicle without using their squad cars’ lights or sirens, ran the vehicle off the road, causing it to crash, and then left without helping.

Based on indictment papers, the four officers responded to a noise complaint at a beach park around 3:30 a.m.  The officers followed a white sedan out form the park onto a highway, where they pursued the car at high speeds without activating their sirens or blue lights at any time as required by law.

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