Eight Things to Consider if You have been Charged with A Sex Crime in Mississippi

Mississippi Sex Crime Attorney

What you do in the beginning of a sex offense investigation is crucial.  Don’t lose your head, and your case, before you can get a professional involved.

You will most likely not know it is coming.  You will receive a knock at your door, or a phone call, or law enforcement will appear at work.  Or it could be an investigator or case agent from DHS (Mississippi Department of Human Services).  They will tell you that “they are there to help you.”  This is a myth.  They are not.  They want a statement from you.  They can, and will, lie to you to get it.  If you are under investigation for a sexual offense in Mississippi, what you do (or refuse to do) in the beginning is critical.

If you are being investigated for a sex crime in Mississippi, here are a few suggestions:

  1. DO NOT TALK.  You have the right to remain silent.  Exercise that right.  This is easier said than done.  Law enforcement officers go to school to learn the right things to say, and the right way to say them, to make you talk.  Be courteous and respectful, but politely refuse to say anything other than your name and identification, until an attorney can be present.  After you have identified yourself, demand that an attorney be present.  Say it over, and over, and over.  This will upset the police to no end, but your chances of success are infinitely better if you exercise your right to remain silent until you can consult with a lawyer.
  2. DO NOT CONSENT TO ANY SEARCHES, OR ANYTHING, WITHOUT A LAWYER.  Do not consent to a search of your vehicle, of your house, your computers, cell phones, or anything.  Again, police are trained to obtain consent by using tricks, threats, or false promises.  It will be DIFFICULT, but make it clear that you do not consent to any searches.  Do not consent to give a blood, saliva, or hair sample, without first consulting with an attorney.  Do not actively resist the police, but make it clear that you do not consent to any searches.
  3. DO NOT RESIST.  Never smart off or try to resist.  You will lose, and make your case worse.  If you really want to get back at them, follow number 1 and 2 above.
  4. REQUEST THAT TELEPHONE CALL.  If you are taken in, be sure to follow number 1 and 2 above at all times.  You may be booked, fingerprinted, and photographed, but keep that mouth shut, and request that phone call.  Call us directly, or call a relative and get a lawyer involved immediately.  If you want one of Clarence’s cards to keep with you just call us.
  5. DO NOT TALK ABOUT YOUR CASE with anyone other than your lawyer.  If you talk about your situation in the jail with other people in the cell with you, then you are stupid, plain and simple.  And do not talk about your case with your family while you are in jail.  ALL jail conversations are monitored and possibly recorded, with the exception of attorney-client communications.
  6. DO NOT WAIVE YOUR PRELIMINARY HEARING.  Sometimes things can happen fast at the beginning, and you’ve waived your preliminary hearing before you know what happened.  Important information can be gathered from a preliminary hearing, so, if you have not hired an attorney yet, do so as soon as you can, so that they may take advantage of any discovery opportunities at your preliminary hearing, which may come soon in your case.
  7. GET OUT AS SOON AS YOU CAN.  Post a bond, or call us to get your bond reduced.  We have professional relationships with bond agents statewide in Mississippi, and we are on call to get you out of jail as soon as possible.  It is much easier for us to prepare a defense for you (and these defenses can be complex) if you are out, rather than in.
  8. DO NOT LET YOUR CHILD BE INTERVIEWED OUTSIDE OF YOUR PRESENCE.  I have taken over a few cases that began by the parents saying “just tell the officer the truth.”  It is MUCH better as a parent to say “don’t say anything until we can get a lawyer down here.”

If it sounds like I am trying to push legal services on you and try to get you to hire a lawyer, I am.  It does not have to be me, but it needs to be a lawyer that has specialized experience with sex crimes.  Sex crimes are different, complex, carry the possibility of much time in jail, and a lifetime of registration as a sex offender.  Obtaining an experienced and persistent lawyer early in the process is crucial.

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Our services are very reasonable early in your case – they are free!  We provide a free in-person consultation with you or your family members to determine the direction your defense needs to go.  Contact us at 601-991-1099,  or fill out our contact form if you are looking to hire an experienced Mississippi sex crime attorney.  Our practice is statewide in Mississippi for serious sex crimes cases, and help is available 24/7.