What does a recent Supreme Court ruling mean for Mississippians?
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
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2w ago
Whether you follow the rulings of the nation’s highest court or not, they can and do affect the lives of all Americans. For example, the majority of the current justices on the U.S. Supreme Court have generally voted to uphold gun owners’ rights when they’ve been challenged. This month, in a rare nearly unanimous decision, however, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold a federal law that prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a domestic violence offense (either a misdemeanor or felony) or anyone who is the subject of a domestic violence-related restraining order from possessing any firearms. C ..read more
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How can drivers respond to a DUI checkpoint ahead?
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
by gturnercontentcustoms
1M ago
Police officers in Mississippi may screen people for chemical intoxication during a traffic stop or after a crash. If someone is over the legal limit for their blood alcohol concentration (BAC), police officers can arrest them. Driving under the influence (DUI) charges can carry a variety of different penalties depending on unique factors. Sometimes, police departments or state agencies want to deter drunk driving through mass enforcement efforts. They conduct DUI checkpoints or safety roadblocks as a way to screen as many drivers as possible in a short amount of time. What can people do when ..read more
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When should (and shouldn’t) you talk to the police?
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
by lbaxtercontentcustoms
1M ago
Most people are generally aware that they’re under no obligation to answer police inquiries without legal representation if they’re under arrest and being interrogated. That “right to remain silent” is included in the Miranda warning, which doesn’t legally have to be given until a person is under arrest and about to be interrogated. You are required to provide accurate identifying information if asked It’s important to be clear on what your rights and responsibilities are the minute you’re stopped by police – whether in your vehicle or anywhere else. First, you are required to give them your c ..read more
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New law makes helping a shoplifter the same as shoplifting
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
by wreedcontentcustoms
1M ago
Retail theft has become more prevalent and, in many cases, more organized and violent in recent years. Some states have responded by enacting laws that allow or even mandate harsher penalties for those found guilty of participating at any level.  Recently, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed a law that penalizes those convicted of “aiding and abetting” the crime of shoplifting merchandise valued at $1,000 or greater the same as those who actually steal the item(s). For example, if one person intentionally distracts a store employee with conversation or questions or knocks over a display s ..read more
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What is simple assault in Mississippi?
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
by msmithcontentcustoms
2M ago
Conflicts between people happen all the time – and most of them are resolved without any kind of serious incident. When things escalate, however, you can find yourself suddenly facing simple assault charges. While still a misdemeanor, not a felony, simple assault is still punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine (with more serious penalties possible depending upon the status of the victim). It’s easier to get charged with assault than you realize It is important to remember that the victim does not actually need to be injured for an assault charge to stick. You can be charged wit ..read more
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Podcasts and driving: Distraction or engaging companion?
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
by msmithcontentcustoms
2M ago
For many commuters, podcasts are a delightful way to pass the time during a long drive. But are they safe? Can focusing on a captivating conversation or a hilarious story take your attention away from the critical task of driving? The answer, like many things in life, is nuanced. Exploring the potential benefits and drawbacks of listening to podcasts while driving can help you make an informed decision moving forward. The case for podcasts: A mind engaged is a mind alert Proponents of podcasts behind the wheel argue that listening to engaging content can actually enhance alertness, particularl ..read more
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If you have an IID, beware of the Mississippi summer heat
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
by lbaxtercontentcustoms
3M ago
If you’ve been ordered to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on your vehicle(s) after a DUI conviction to get your driving privileges reinstated, it’s crucial that you understand how it works, what’s required of you and how to avoid unnecessary problems with it. While having a restricted driver’s license that requires an IID isn’t ideal, it’s certainly better than not being able to drive legally at all for the duration of your license suspension. Like any electronic device, an IID can malfunction. In some cases, it may “report” that a driver has failed the sobriety test when blo ..read more
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Cocaine possession and distribution penalties in Mississippi
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
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3M ago
Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in Mississippi, which means lawmakers have determined that the drug is highly addictive but has some legitimate medical uses. The penalties for possessing, distributing and trafficking Schedule I and II drugs are severe in Mississippi, and even first-time offenders can be sent to jail for a year for possessing small quantities of cocaine. Even selling items that are used to consume drugs can lead to a jail sentence in Mississippi. Individuals who sell crack pipes can be sent to jail for up to six months and fined up to $500. If an adu ..read more
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What information should you gather at an accident scene?
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
by lbaxtercontentcustoms
3M ago
Collecting information about involved parties is one of the steps to take after an accident. While the minutes after a crash can be devastating and confusing, you need to gather the needed information. Here is what you should collect:  Information about the other driver You need to exchange information with the other driver. Get their name, address, phone number and license number. You should also get their vehicle’s details, including make, model and license plate number. Lastly, request them to give you their insurance information – their policy number and insurer’s name and phone numbe ..read more
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Can the state’s Good Samaritan Act protect you from drug charges?
T. Michael Reed Law Blog
by gturnercontentcustoms
4M ago
The crisis of fatal drug overdoses has hit virtually every part of the U.S. Amid this crisis, states have increasingly enacted laws that provide immunity from being arrested, charged or prosecuted for relatively minor drug charges for those who seek medical help for someone who’s overdosing. Many states also provide immunity for overdose victims. These laws vary somewhat among states. The goal is to encourage people to call for help for themselves or someone else out of fear that they’ll be arrested for evidence of personal drug use discovered only because they sought help. Every state’s law i ..read more
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