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In Mississippi, it is illegal for individuals under 21 to consume alcohol. Therefore, if a minor is arrested for DUI, they will face legal consequences under the state’s underage drinking laws and DUI statutes. The severity of these consequences will depend on various factors, including the minor’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC), prior offenses, and the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

The law governing DUIs is found under Miss. Code Ann. § 63-11-30. The law governing minors arrested for DUI is specifically found under subsection 3 of the statute, the “Zero Tolerance for Minors” law. It applies when someone under 21 has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.02% or higher but less than 0.08%. If their BAC is 0.08% or higher, the minor will be treated as an adult first-offense DUI, and those laws will govern.

Under the Zero Tolerance law, if someone under 21 is convicted for the first time of breaking this law and takes a chemical test or if no test results are available, they will be fined $250. They must also attend an alcohol safety education program within six months. The court may also require them to participate in a victim impact panel. 

Truancy, the act of students skipping school without a valid reason, is a widespread concern that affects educational systems across the globe. In the state of Mississippi, truancy has been a persistent challenge that impacts both individual students and the broader community. This blog post delves into the issue of truancy in Mississippi, exploring its causes, consequences, and the efforts being made to address it.

The Truancy Landscape in Mississippi

Mississippi, known for its rich history and culture, has faced its share of educational challenges over the years. Truancy is one of these challenges, with significant implications for students, families, and society as a whole. The state’s rural nature, socio-economic disparities, and historical factors have contributed to the prevalence of truancy in certain areas.

Divorce is undoubtedly one of the most challenging life events one can experience. It brings forth a host of emotional, financial, and logistical decisions that can feel overwhelming. Among these, the fate of the marital home often emerges as a significant concern. Many individuals wonder whether they must sell their home during a divorce. In this blog, we will delve into this complex question and shed light on the various options available to divorcing couples.

Emotional Attachment to the Family Home

The family home often holds sentimental value, serving as a bank of memories and shared experiences. For this reason, deciding whether to sell the home can be emotionally charged. Couples must carefully assess the emotional impact of selling or keeping the home, considering factors such as children’s attachment, future living arrangements, and the potential for starting anew.


Being accused of a crime can be a daunting experience that has the potential to turn your life upside down. However, everyone deserves a fair trial and the right to defend themselves. That’s where criminal defense attorneys step in. In this blog post, we’ll explore the crucial roles that your criminal defense attorney plays in protecting your rights, explaining the legal process, and offering guidance during challenging times.

The Importance of Criminal Defense:


When it comes to interactions with law enforcement, the average person may not fully understand the potential consequences of their words. This is where Miranda rights play a crucial role. Today, we will explore how Miranda rights affect every person who speaks with law enforcement, and we want to especially emphasize the importance of remaining silent and seeking legal counsel before speaking to the police. By understanding these rights and taking the necessary steps to protect yourself, you can safeguard your rights and potentially save yourself from an adverse legal outcome.

The Foundation of Miranda Rights:

As a parent or guardian, it can be alarming to learn that your child has been charged with a status offense. Status offenses are a unique type of offense that only apply to juveniles, and they can carry serious consequences for both the child and their family. In this blog post, we’ll explore what status offenses are, provide examples of common status offenses in Mississippi, and discuss why it’s important to speak with an attorney if your child has been charged with one.

What is a Status Offense?

A status offense is an act that would not be considered a crime if committed by an adult, but that is considered illegal when committed by a juvenile. In other words, it’s an offense that only applies to children under a certain age. Status offenses are typically considered less serious than other types of offenses, but they can still have serious consequences for the child and their family.

Drug Use During Pregnancy

Child abuse is a serious and devastating issue that affects millions of children worldwide. It can cause long-lasting harm to a child’s physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. One particularly concerning form of child abuse is drug use during pregnancy, which can have severe and lasting impacts on both the mother and the developing fetus.

Pregnant women who use drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine can cause serious harm to their developing fetus. These drugs can cross the placenta and disrupt the normal development of the fetus, causing a range of physical and mental health problems. For example, exposure to cocaine can increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and cognitive and behavioral problems.

Know Your Rights

Face ID and Touch ID are not your friends when it comes to your phone and law enforcement. Recently, in a search warrant that gave law enforcement access to President Trump’s fixer Michael Cohen, federal authorities requested access to Mr. Cohen’s phone and other devices by “use of the fingerprints of the user . . . or by holding the device in front of the user’s face.” The police wanted to obtain access to Mr. Cohen’s data by forcing Mr. Cohen to place his finger on his iPhone’s fingerprint scanner or by forcing Mr. Cohen to look into his iPhone camera so that the Face ID would unlock the phone. The police requested access to  Mr. Cohen’s phone in this way because they did not know his passwords. 

The police cannot use a search warrant to force you to provide law enforcement your passcode, PIN, or password because they are protected by your Fifth-amendment right against self-incrimination. Essentially, your passwords are material you know, while Face ID, Touch ID, and other biometric data are information you have to protect your phone privacy. It is not a violation of your right against self-incrimination for police to force you to turn over information you have that may help their case against you. Thus, it is crucial to protect yourself. Here are several ways that you can.

Your Child’s Gender Transition in Mississippi Could Lead To Your Arrest 

Transgenderism is an extremely controversial topic in Mississippi and across the United States. Everyone seems to have a different opinion, and various states have created very different laws that govern transgender people and their ability to transition to their identified sex. Mississippi is no exception, and this Republican state has taken a firm stance against youths transitioning to a different gender. State legislators have already created laws that would penalize anyone assisting children who want to transition. But what happens if you are the parent of a transgender child? Could you really face legal penalties for helping them? Is it true that you might even face child abuse charges if you help your transgender child in Mississippi? Let’s find out.

The Current Penalties for Assisting Child Transitions in Mississippi

According to CBS News, after wrongfully convicting a man for raping her, writer Alice Sebold while she was a student at Syracuse University, New York state has agreed to pay $5.5 million to the man who spent 16 years in prison. Anthony Broadwater was convicted of raping Sebold in 1981. The settlement comes after his conviction was overturned in 2021. The settlement was signed the week of March 20, 2023 by lawyers for Broadwater and New York Attorney General Letitia James.

Broadwater, 62, said in a statement relayed by one of his attorneys, “I appreciate what Attorney General James has done, and I hope and pray that others in my situation can achieve the same measure of justice. We all suffer from destroyed lives.” “Obviously no amount of money can erase the injustices Mr. Broadwater suffered, but the settlement now officially acknowledges them,” Sebold said in a statement released through a spokesperson.

In May 1981, Sebold was raped near campus while she was in her first year at Syracuse. She described the attack and the ensuing prosecution in a memoir titled “Lucky”, published in 1999. The book was pulled from bookshelves across the U.S. during the 2021-22 academic year due to its graphic descriptions of rape and stopped being distributed after a state court judge vacated Broadwater’s conviction. The judge found that the case that led to his initial conviction was flawed. In the memoir, Sebold wrote that she spotted a Black man in the street months after being raped and was sure that he was her attacker. “He was smiling as he approached. He recognized me. It was a stroll in the park to him; he had met an acquaintance on the street,” Sebold wrote. ” ‘Hey, girl,’ he said. ‘Don’t I know you from somewhere?’ ” 

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