I am 21 with no previous record. I was invited to a party at someone's house. I got pretty intoxicated and someone called the police about the party. I was standing on the front porch when they approached and I did not set my beer down because I was drunk and I thought it was perfectly fine. They put handcuffs on me and I briefly stiffened one arm as I asked what I was arrested for. They escorted me to the police car where I sat for about 3 hours. The police would periodically come over and I would argue that I didn't do anything wrong with an attitude I suppose. They uncuffed me once so I could urinate and I asked them if they could cuff me with my hands in the front because they were hurting me and they said no. They said they were arresting me for having alcohol in a dry county (beer in my hand). When I got to the police station I was charged with resisting arrest, possession of alcohol, and public intoxication. I am scared of the possible jail sentence and I do not know if I should get a lawyer. One night in jail is enough for me. I would not have acted like that without all the alcohol in my system. They did not breathalize me or read my rights, but I was visibly drunk.
I will re-route this to criminal defense so a criminal defense attorney in your area can help address your question.
The above statement should not be construed as legal advice, does not create an attorney-client relationship, and is provided purely for informational purposes. You are advised to seek legal advice from an attorney and NOT AN UNLICENSED PARALEGAL SERVICE for any legal questions you have.
Your question: "Should I get a defense attorney?"
My answer: Absolutely. Any time that a person is charged with an offense serious enough to be taken to jail for, he/she should consult with and hire a criminal defense attorney. Each of the charges that are lodged against you carry jail sentences, fines, plus the potential for probation and/or community service. Further, criminal charges almost always have a lifelong impact in the form of various "collateral consequences." See, for example: https://www.nij.gov/journals/272/Pages/collateral-consequences.aspx
All of the above can be "dealt with" through proper legal advice and strategy. "Dealt with" as in, getting the best results possible for you and your case.
You should consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Most in Mississippi, including myself, offer free initial consultations. Good luck!
This communication is for informational purposes only, and does not establish any attorney-client relationship with Lance O. Mixon. Further, the information contained in this answer should not be considered or taken as legal advice to represent oneself, and does not substitute proper, competent legal advice and representation from a licensed attorney.
I strongly recommend you obtain an attorney. The sooner you have one, the more they can do for you. Best of luck.
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.
Years licensed, work experience, education
Peer endorsements, associations, awards
Publications, speaking engagements