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Any criminal charge can have life-altering consequences, but if you’re convicted for a violent crime, the consequences will be even greater. Violent crimes are considered a threat to society, which is why the courts aim to punish those convicted with harsh penalties. However, crimes of violence are rarely as black and white as they appear on paper. Our attorneys at the Carmody Law Firm understand that a close inspection/investigation soon after is extremely important when dealing with cases of a violent nature. Simply being charged with armed robbery, murder, assault, kidnapping, or a sexual offense also carries a certain stigma in the community that will have a lasting impact on the offender’s life, even if there is no conviction. 

In addition, the repercussions for a conviction can be hefty, and will include lengthy prison times, large fines, and a damaging mark on your criminal record. Anyone charged with a crime of violence should seek out a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to evaluate their case.  

What Should an Offender do When Being Charged with a Violent Crime Prior to Speaking to their Criminal Defense Attorney? 

Another week in the United States and once again, there is another mass shooting that is covering the headlines. With any mass shooting tragedy, the national conversation almost automatically changes to gun laws, gun rights, mental health, and ways to prevent mass shootings from continuing to occur. Red flag laws are increasing in popularity across the county yet face heavy opposition from gun right and 2nd amendment advocates. As of July 1, 2020, 19 states have some sort of red flag law. Red flag laws are state laws that can go by various names, including “extreme risk protection orders (erpos),” “gun-violence restraining orders” and “risk warrants.” These laws allow law enforcement, family members, and even medical professionals in some states, to petition the court to temporarily remove firearms and ammunition from a person who is believed to present a danger to himself or herself or others. 

Uvalde, Texas 4th of July shooting 

The most recent mass shooting occurred this past 4th of July weekend when a solo gunman opened fire on onlookers of a holiday parade near Chicago, Illinois. Seven people were killed while more than 30 others were wounded. The gunman, twenty-one-year-old Robert Crimo III, has since been arrested in connection with the shootings and has been charged with seven counts of first-degree murder. 

While robbing a bank is obviously illegal, the items stolen are legal. In other words, there is nothing wrong with owning paper money. But what happens if you steal something that is illegal, such as a controlled substance? In the case of one drug dealer stealing another dealer’s stash at gunpoint, the police rarely get involved. Why? Because it is not like the drug dealer is going to call the police. But what happens when controlled substances are stolen from a location that is actually allowed to store them – such as a pharmacy? As it turns out, there is a law specifically put in place for these situations.  

 If you have been charged with a robbery involving a controlled substance, it is imperative that you get in touch with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our legal professionals can help you strive for the best possible outcomes, and there is no sense in accepting a needlessly harsh penalty. Book your consultation with a private defense attorney right away, and you can begin fighting for your rights and developing an effective defense strategy.  

 Robberies and Burglaries Involving Controlled Substances 

Aggravated assault is a very serious criminal charge. In addition to the possible criminal penalties, it can make it hard to pass a background check to get a job or find housing. When a person has been accused of this crime of violence, they are being accused of some type of crime against a person. However, the assault charge that the offender will be subject to will depend on the exact circumstances regarding the level of force used. Aggravated assault is a type of crime that is much more serious than simple assault. If you have been accused of aggravated assault, it is important that you do everything that you can to defend yourself from this accusation. Our attorneys at the Carmody Law Firm will work tirelessly to ensure that your rights are protected and that your side of the story is heard in court.

What Makes an Assault an Aggravated Assault?

In order for any offender to be charged with assault or aggravated assault, they do not have to have caused injury to another person. Instead, simply the behavior of causing sufficient fear that harm could or would be caused can constitute assault. The thing that differentiates assault and aggravated assault is the use or presence of a deadly weapon. It is possible for a person to be charged with aggravated assault even if they did not cause any physical harm whatsoever. What does need to have happened however, is for an offender carrying a deadly weapon to have caused fear for another person’s safety, or to have threatened a person with a deadly weapon.

Facing your first Driving Under the Influence (“DUI”) conviction in Mississippi will be overwhelming. This is especially true if you are trying to represent yourself for such a serious traffic offense. When you go to your first court appearance, you will quickly become aware that you need an experienced DUI attorney. DUI courts have their own language and rules; our attorneys speak the language and we know the rules.  

In Mississippi, a DUI offense occurs if you are driving, operating, or in control of a motorized vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs, including legal prescriptions and illegal substances. Impairment is measured by a .08 percent breath, blood, or urine alcohol level. Other substances in your system can also be measured by a blood or urine test for impairment levels.  

Driving with a BRAC (breath alcohol concentration) of greater than .08 percent is against the law. When you obtain your driver’s license in Mississippi, you consent to take a breath test if you are arrested for DUI. A refusal to take the breath test does come with some consequences.   

It is perfectly legal to carry a handgun while operating a motor vehicle in Mississippi, even if you do not have an open-carry permit or license. But as soon as you start discharging your firearm from a vehicle, you run the risk of serious legal consequences. This is of course known as a “drive-by shooting,” and Mississippi has its own specific laws that deal with this type of crime. What exactly constitutes a “drive-by shooting” in Mississippi? What are some examples of this in real life?

If you have been charged with a drive-by shooting in Mississippi, you need to get in touch with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. With our assistance, you can strive for the best possible results and fight for your rights. Gun charges can seem daunting in Mississippi, but the truth is that your chances of a positive outcome might be better than you think. It is best to book your consultation with a defense attorney right away.

Mississippi’s Laws on Drive-By Shootings

“Fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer in a motor vehicle” is a serious offense in

Mississippi. However, most of us know it better as simply “a car chase.” The reason this is

viewed as such a serious crime in Mississippi should be obvious. When you are zooming down

“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

Many people consider graffiti a form of “street art,” and they appreciate its urban influences and risque style. Unfortunately, the law does not share that opinion, and anyone caught vandalizing property can face serious penalties in the state of Mississippi. Some forms of vandalism are worse than others. For example, vandalizing a public building is considered an especially heinous act, and you may face considerable consequences if caught. But how bad can the penalties be?

If you are facing vandalism charges in Mississippi, you should immediately get in touch with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Our legal professionals can help you strive for the best possible results in your case. If your child has been charged with vandalism, you can book a consultation with a private defense attorney on their behalf. Vandalism is considered a serious offense in Mississippi, and there is no sense in accepting needlessly excessive penalties.

School Prank Gone Wrong

The word “child” can be somewhat misleading in the current day and age. After all, children today are much more likely to be engaged in questionable activities – including crimes. The United States is currently dealing with a serious issue regarding youth gangs who seemingly get away with all kinds of terrible acts, including murder, theft, and much more. But what happens when you assault a child in Mississippi? What happens when you strike a child who you believed was an adult? How bad can this situation get in a legal context?

If you have been charged with assault, child endangerment, domestic abuse, or any related crime, you need to get in touch with a qualified criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Our legal professionals can help you mitigate any potential penalties you might be facing, and we can assist you as you fight for your rights. It is best to book consultation as soon as possible.

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