Mississippi Criminal Defense Lawyers
Your freedom and future are the most important things at stake after you’ve been charged with a crime. University students, in particular, may be faced with not only criminal charges and penalties but also potential school sanctions, including expulsion.
If you are facing a crime in the Oxford area, your first priority should be to retain the services of a skilled legal representative who can properly defend your rights. As Oxford, Mississippi criminal defense attorneys, Tannehill, Carmean, & McKenzie represent clients in state or federal court as well as with the University of Mississippi Judicial Council. Contact our office today for a free consultation.
Representing the Accused in Oxford, Mississippi
Your options might seem limited in the face of an arrest, a police investigation, or legal allegations. But everyone in this country has rights. First and foremost, you have the right to remain silent. When dealing with law enforcement officials, you should take full advantage of this and avoid saying anything that could jeopardize your situation.
Criminal charges can result in serious penalties, including fines, jail time, and a permanent mark on your record. No matter what type of charges you may be facing, having a resourceful and skilled defense attorney working on your behalf could drastically increase the chances of a favorable outcome.
In most cases, a defendant in Mississippi will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense. A felony is the more serious of the two, with a maximum penalty for a felony conviction being life in prison or the death penalty. Convicted felons, even those who have lesser charges, may lose their right to vote, own a firearm, hold professional licenses, and work and live where they choose. With the right attorney fighting on your behalf, you have a much better chance of avoiding some of these negative consequences.
Types of Criminal Defense Cases We Handle
At Tannehill, Carmean, & McKenzie, we handle all types of criminal cases, from minor infractions and misdemeanors to the most serious felonies. Some of the cases we handle include:
- Minor in Possession
- Under Aged Drinking
- Public Disorderly Conduct
- Drug Charges
- Assault and Battery
- Sex Offenses
- Domestic Violence
- Weapons Offenses
- Violent Crimes
- White Collar Crimes
- Stalking & Aggravated Stalking
- Juvenile Crimes
- Violations of Probation
- Student Disciplinary Hearings
It’s important to remember that an arrest is not the same thing as a conviction. You are still presumed innocent, and our firm’s attorney will stand up for your rights, reputation, and future.
Skilled Defense for Federal Crimes
Some criminal acts are considered illegal according to both federal and state laws. If you’ve been charged with one of these offenses, you can be tried in either federal or state court. The U.S. attorney will make that decision. Other criminal acts are only listed as federal crimes. If you are indicted on the federal level, our firm can provide the defense you need. Some of the cases we handle include:
Controlled substance trafficking – Trafficking in controlled substances can be charged as either a federal or state crime. Even if you aren’t really involved in trafficking, you can be charged with this crime based on the type and amount of drugs discovered.
Federal gun crimes – In some cases, gun possession violates both state and federal laws. Depending on the circumstances, the U.S. attorney could decide to try your case in federal court.
Tax fraud – Deliberately withholding your federal tax payments or doing anything else to deceive the IRS will always be treated as a federal crime.
Wire fraud – Wire fraud and mail fraud are federal crimes involving the use of electronic means or the U.S. mail to perpetrate a crime.
These are just a few examples of federal charges. You always run the risk of ending up in federal court if you engage in activities that cross state lines. If you’ve been accused of such a crime or learn that you are under investigation, call us immediately.
How Our Law Firm Can Help
Being accused of a crime can be terrifying and embarrassing. But letting fear or shame prevent you from getting the professional support you need could be a mistake. The authorities are playing for keeps, and it’s vital that you take your situation seriously. Our established and trusted criminal defense attorneys can help in several key areas:
Communication with Authorities – Situations involving the authorities are serious, and people who have been arrested may not understand some of the tactics used to trick or get information from the accused. We will supervise these communications and ensure you get fair treatment.
Support at Arraignment – Our attorney will represent your interests with respect to fair bond at your arraignment as well as during any plea deal discussions with prosecutors.
Assistance With Hearings – We will make sure that any evidence used against you is admissible. And, if your charges should be dropped or the case dismissed due to a lack of evidence, we will fight for your interests.
Don’t wait another minute. Contact us today.
Experienced Mississippi Criminal Defense Lawyers on Your Side
When it comes to your freedom and whether or not an allegation turns into a conviction and a permanent record, you owe it to yourself to put up a fight. If you are a student at the University of Mississippi, you can’t afford to have a negative outcome.
At Tannehill, Carmean, & McKenzie, our experienced criminal defense lawyers will fiercely advocate for your rights. We have been named “Oxford’s Best Law Firm” every year since 2010 for a good reason. We know our way around the courtroom and understand the various alternative programs that may be available to help a client avoid a conviction. Our defense team is also skilled at uncovering defenses that can get your charges reduced or even dropped completely.
Every case is unique, and we give each client the personalized attention they deserve. If you are facing criminal charges in Mississippi, don’t try to handle this situation on your own. There’s simply too much on the line. Call our office today at (662) 200-8731 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss your options.
Favian Vaughn was charged with Conspiracy to Commit Double Capital Murder. He hired TCM Of Counsel Josh Bogen and those charges were dropped.
Jay Carmean is pictured with client John Yarbrough and father Linnie Yarbrough. John hired Tannehill & Carmean after being charged with aggravated assault. The charge was a felony and carried a 20 year prison sentence. After two days of trial, a Lafayette County jury took only an hour to reduce the charge from felony aggravated assault to misdemeanor simple assault. (Local attorney, Josh Turner, served as co-counsel for the defense.)