Articles Posted in MS Criminal Laws

Folks will lie to get what they want if they think they can get away with it. It may seem completely unbelievable to the average person but there are people out there that have no hesitations about accusing others of molestation or rape. Although official numbers have never been accurately determined, there are estimates that accusations of a crime as serious as sexual molestation or rape are falsified or exaggerated by up to 40%. The question then becomes why would someone want to lie about being molested or sexually assaulted.

There are three main reasons why false molestation or rape accusations come about, such as:

  1. Monetary gain: Based on the details of the case and the emotional and physical harm allegedly inflicted, a judge may order restitution be paid by the offender to the “victim.”

Not all crimes are created equally, but they can all potentially result in serious consequences for an offender, including fines, probation, jail time, and a criminal record. Shoplifting is one of those crimes that people often view as a minor, non-violent criminal offense. Stealing a snack from a convenience store may not be thought of on the same level as robbery, but it can result in the offender having to deal with extreme consequences in the state of Mississippi. 

Mississippi Shoplifting Laws 

Before we get into the potential consequences of shoplifting, let’s define what it means. 

Few states are as tough on sex crime and sexual assault-related offenses as Mississippi. Mississippi sexual assault law is extensive and if you are convicted of sexual assault in Mississippi, you will carry a heavy burden for a long period. The list of “registrable offenses” in the state of Mississippi contains 23 items ranging from rape to the neglect of a child who was sexually abused by another person. In Mississippi, it is not uncommon to find oneself on a registry for a crime that the “offender” never knew was a crime, let alone a crime that results in a long-standing presence on a sex offender list. If you are on a sex offender registry, many aspects of privacy that many citizens of the USA hold dear no longer apply to you. Convictions for sexual offense crimes are difficult to fight post-conviction, so you will want to fight the conviction with the best legal defense possible or possibly seek a plea deal. In all circumstances, you do not want to end up on a sex offender registry as this will negatively impact all aspects of your life and perhaps even seriously damage them.  

 What Offenses Can Place Me on a Sex Offender Registry? 

 As referenced above, Mississippi has a long list of registrable offenses. Many of them are typical and intuitive and can be accessed in detail here. Below we will discuss some of the more atypical offenses which are considered registrable offenses. These include: 

When most of us hear the word “stalker,” we imagine a disgruntled ex-boyfriend who follows a woman around and spies on her. But stalking is not always about relationships. In Mississippi, you can be charged with stalking someone who is not your ex, such as a public official, a celebrity, or anyone else for that matter. This is definitely something to keep in mind if you face stalking charges, since many people assume that this law only applies to romantic relationships. One recent example of stalking in Mississippi highlights the fact that it is much more universal.  

Man Faces Felony Stalking After String of Incidents with Oxford Mayor 

On July 6th, it was reported that the Lafayette County Circuit Court had denied bail for a man facing felony stalking charges. He was not stalking an ex-partner but rather the mayor of Oxford, Robyn Tannehill. This incident really began all the way back in 2017, when the defendant appeared in the town square armed with a military-style rifle and a Confederate flag.  

Anyone can face assault charges in Mississippi – even mayors. After all, everyone is supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law, and no one is above justice. This was proven without a doubt when a mayor in Mississippi was arrested on assault charges. What exactly happened here, and what does this tell us about assault laws in the Magnolia State? 

If you have been charged with assault in Mississippi, your best bet is to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our legal professionals can assess your unique situation during consultation before guiding you toward the best possible outcome. With our help, you can receive personalized legal advice and guidance, allowing you to approach this daunting situation with confidence. 

 Mayor of Magee Arrested on Assault Charges 

The difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter is important to know, because this could make the difference between limited time in prison and a lifetime in prison. Our attorneys at the Carmody Law Firm know the difference, and will fight for your rights and your freedom in court.  

What are the Elements of Voluntary Manslaughter? 

In Mississippi, voluntary manslaughter is the intentional killing of another person. However, the act does not need to be premeditated, such as killing during combat or after being provoked by the alleged victim. Note that the provocation has to be reasonable. For example, mere insults are not simply enough to constitute reasonable provocation for you to kill the person. 

“Disorderly conduct” may seem like a vague phrase. After all, there are many acts that could potentially be considered disorderly conduct. So, how do you know if you are breaking the law? The truth is that you could face serious legal consequences for committing this crime, so it makes sense to gain a clear understanding of what falls within the parameters of “disorderly conduct.”

If you have been charged with disorderly conduct in Mississippi, get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Although disorderly conduct might not be the worst crime you can be charged with in Mississippi, the consequences are no laughing matter. To avoid these legal consequences, you can work with an attorney and put a solid defense strategy into action.

The Definition of Disorderly Conduct in Mississippi

Kidnapping is a serious offense in the state of Mississippi, and it may occur in a number of different ways. When most people think about kidnapping, they picture an armed person in a mask – perhaps pulling up in an unmarked van before grabbing someone off the street and holding them for ransom. But in reality, the vast majority of kidnapping cases are much less spectacular, and they typically involve family members. In fact, many people commit this crime without even fully realizing it.

If you have been charged with kidnapping in Mississippi, you need to get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. With help from a legal professional, you can fight for your rights and your freedom. As you will see, kidnapping can result in significant legal penalties. With the right legal assistance, you can mitigate these consequences as much as possible.

What is the Legal Definition of Kidnapping?

A “Romeo and Juliet” law is an exception in the law to prevent the prosecution of underage people who engage in consensual sex when both participants are significantly close in age, and one is below the age of consent. Named after William Shakespeare’s young lovers in the Romeo and Juliet play, these exceptions protect young people from criminal charges resulting from consensual sexual activity with other young people. People cannot be prosecuted for statutory rape or sexual battery who have engaged in sexual activity with one another and are within 36 months of each other. In Mississippi, the age of consent is 16 years old. At 16, a person is legally old enough to consent to sexual activity. Individuals aged 15 or younger cannot legally consent to sexual activity, and such action could result in prosecution for statutory rape or sexual battery. In Mississippi, statutory rape laws are violated when a person has consensual sexual intercourse with an individual under 16 and who is not their spouse. A close-in-age exemption exists when the age gap between the parties is less than 36 months.

Statutory Rape in Mississippi:

In Mississippi, a person commits statutory rape by having sexual intercourse with a 14 or 15-year-old child when the defendant is age 17 or older and more than three years older than the child. For example, a 17-year-old who has had consensual sex with a 15-year-old cannot be criminally prosecuted in Mississippi. However, sex with anyone younger than 14 is always a crime and can carry a possible sentence of life imprisonment. (Miss. Code Ann. §§ 97-3-65, 97-3-95 (2018).)

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