Frequently Asked Questions

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Criminal Law

As part of Mississippi state law, when you get your driver’s license, you are giving “implied consent” to submit to a field sobriety test given by an officer of the law. This is a chemical test of your breath, blood or urine to determine the alcohol content found in your blood stream, with the purpose of discovering if you are driving impaired.

If you refuse this test your license will be suspended for 90 days or for 1 year if there is a prior DUI conviction on your record. If you have been stopped for a DUI, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney that understands the complexities of DUI defense.

The short answer is, No. If you are arrested, you need an attorney and you need one immediately. You don’t know what you don’t know, and an experienced criminal defense attorney should be skilled at protecting your rights.

Domestic Relations

This is a complicated matter and requires a judge to decide the final answer. There are a lot of factors that will go into the decision-making process that will ultimately decide the issue and a skilled domestic relations attorney can help navigate the land mine of legal issues that may arise.

This always depends on the parties involved, their cooperation with one another and the Chancery System itself. Disputes over alimony, child support, division of assets and the court backlog can all play a significant role in determining how long it takes for a divorce to reach completion.

Personal Injury

Most personal injury attorneys are hired on a contingency basis, which means you are not charged out of your pocket for the cost to file a lawsuit or to build your case. These costs are taken out of the settlement your attorney receives on your behalf, along with an agreed upon percentage of the settlement as a payment for the attorney’s time and efforts.

Each case is different, but there are numerous factors that go into the time it takes to settle a personal injury matter. There is the backlog of the court system, the documentation that will be requested and reviewed, medical records and treatments that must be completed, gathering witnesses, etc. These all take a lot of time. So, the short answer is, its hard to tell and no case is the same. But a skilled Personal Injury attorney can give you a little bit of an idea, based on similar types of cases he or she has handled in the past.

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