Criminal Defense Attorney for Drug Charges in Biloxi and Southern Mississippi
Mississippi drug laws are harsh. Police and prosecutors put a lot of time and resources into arresting and prosecuting people for drug crimes, and the penalties for a conviction can include serious fines and jail time. Biloxi attorney Corban Gunn is somebody who will be by your side every step of the way, looking out for you, protecting your rights, and fighting to get you the best result possible when you are charged with a Mississippi drug offense.
A look at Mississippi drug laws
There are many different ways you can be charged with a drug crime in Mississippi. For example, you could be arrested for any of the following:
- Possession with intent to distribute
- Narcotics sale or trafficking
- Manufacturing or cultivation
Mississippi outlaws a long list of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and LSD, and a seemingly endless list of other substances you may never even have heard of. These drugs are placed on one of five different “schedules” according to factors such as their medicinal value and their potential for abuse. The type of drug involved and the schedule it is on in part determine the range of consequences if convicted. Other factors include the amount of drug involved, what role the person played in the offense and whether he or she cooperated with the police, and the individual’s criminal record.
Marijuana is classified as a schedule I drug in Mississippi, meaning it has no medicinal value and a high potential for abuse. The state does recognize a minor offense of possession of up to 30 grams (about an ounce) of pot, which is punishable by a fine of up to $250. Any further such offenses can lead to jail time, however, so it is important to take any pot arrest seriously. If marijuana is found in the car, or if a larger amount is involved, the consequences go up severely. There is also the potential to be arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of marijuana or other drugs.
How your attorney can help
Most drug offenses are felonies, with heavy fines and lengthy jail sentences possible. Some offenses may be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Having an experienced and aggressive attorney on your side for these “wobbler” offenses can be especially valuable in getting you charged with the lesser offense rather than a serious felony.
There are many other ways your attorney can help you. Drug arrests are often subject to constitutional challenges regarding whether the initial stop was lawful, and whether any search was justified at its inception or exceeded the lawfully permissible scope. Challenges to evidence such as witness identifications or observations are also possible.
Attorney Corban Gunn will fight hard to get the charges against you dismissed or reduced wherever possible. He will also seek to find the best possible resolution of your case through probation, treatment, drug court or other available diversion programs. Of course, should you choose to take your case to trial, you will find that you have a fierce, determined ally putting forward a strong defense in the courtroom.
If you have been arrested for a drug offense in Biloxi or along the Gulf Coast, or if you believe the police suspect you of a crime and an arrest may be imminent, call Corban Gunn at 228-222-5669 for immediate assistance.