Yes, you have a right to an attorney “at every critical stage of the proceeding against [you] where a substantial right may be affected,” and this has been interpreted in Mississippi to mean if you face imprisonment for any length of time. But unless you are indigent you must pay for your attorney yourself. The law on it states:
When any person shall be charged with a felony, misdemeanor punishable by confinement for ninety (90) days or more, or commission of an act of delinquency, the court or the judge in vacation, being satisfied that such person is an indigent person and is unable to employ counsel, may, in the discretion of the court, appoint counsel to defend him.
Miss. Code Ann. § 99-15-15. Courts in Mississippi differ in their interpretation of what “indigent” means. Most courts make you sign an affidavit swearing that you have absolutely no money or assets, and cannot afford an attorney. But if you have anything at all, you will likely be required to find your own attorney. Give us a call. We have likely handled a case just like yours before, and we will be glad to help you if we can.
Contact Attorney Clarence T. Guthrie III
To speak with a Mississippi criminal defense lawyer about state or federal criminal charges, contact The Guthrie Firm, PLLC in Ridgeland, Mississippi, on County Line Road very close to Jackson. To schedule a free consultation with attorney Clarence T. Guthrie III, call 601-991-1099 or toll-free at 866-991-1055. Feel free to contact us by email as well.