Criminal Defense

The most terrifying and uncertain place any person can find themselves is the defendant’s table in a criminal trial. If you are facing a major or subsequent felony charge, you could be facing the rest of your life in prison.  When you are facing such daunting consequences alone with the full power and resources of the State or Federal Government working against you, it can feel as if you facing almost impossible odds.

This is where you can benefit from the legal representation of R. Bryce Lott, P.A., we offer experienced criminal representation for our clients capable of handling that first time DUI or a life changing felony charge. We do what it takes to meet the needs of our clients and provide a strong defense through extensive knowledge of criminal law and the various procedures and practices which must be followed in able to ensure the accuracy and admissibility of evidence and the preservation of each individual’s constitutional rights.

R. Bryce Lott has been recognized by Memphis Magazine and Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney and by The National Trial Lawyers to their Top 40 Under 40 attorneys and the only attorney named to the list in the State of Mississippi for the field of criminal defense.

Criminal Defense

DUI: One Mistake with Big Consequences

Mississippi is not forgiving when it comes to DUI. Penalties are quite steep and if you are facing a DUI charge, you could face the following depending on your past record:

  • First Offense:
    • Spend up to 48 hours in jail
    • Pay a fine not less than $250 but no more than $1,000
    • 90-day license suspension
    • Attend and complete a Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program within 1 year
    • Obtain an ignition interlock device (a device that requires you to perform a breath test in order to operate your vehicle) to be installed in your vehicle for at least 90 days
    • Spend up to 48 hours in jail
    • Pay a fine not less than $250 but no more than $1,000
    • 90-day license suspension
    • Attend and complete a Mississippi Alcohol Safety Education Program within 1 year
    • Obtain an ignition interlock device (a device that requires you to perform a breath test in order to operate your vehicle) to be installed in your vehicle for at least 90 days
  • Second Offense:
    • A $600 to $1,000 fine
    • A minimum of 5 days and up to 1 year in jail
    • 10 days to 1 year of community service
    • Possible forfeiture of your vehicle
    • 2-year license suspension
    • 10 days to one year of community service
    • Ignition interlock device installed in your vehicle for six months or longer
  • Third Offense:
    • 2,000-$5,000 fine plus court costs
    • 1 year mandatory to serve and up to 5 years in prison
    • Forfeiture of vehicle
    • 5-year license suspension; may be eligible for reinstatement after three years ignition interlock device for no less than six months
    • Must go through alcohol/drug assessment, and may be required to go to rehab

Even if you avoid lengthy imprisonment or big fines, you can be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicles which will come at your expense. License suspension can also be a significant hardship especially if you drive for your job or have a long commute. It can also disrupt family responsibilities since you will no longer be able to transport your kids to activities or help loved ones run errands or attend doctor appointments. Before the Mississippi DPS will reinstate your license following your suspension period or before issuing a first time offender a Hardship license, they will require you to file an SR22 form with them before issuing you a new license. You will be required to carry your SR22 insurance for a period of 3-years. At any time during this 3-year period if there is a lapse in your Mississippi SR22 insurance coverage, your insurance provider is obligated by law to immediately inform the Department of Public Safety of the lapse.  If a lapse in coverage occurs, the Mississippi DPS will immediately suspended your license and you will be required to re-file an SR22 form with the DPS before they will issue you another license.

Hiring an attorney is very beneficial when you face these possibilities. Our efforts may reduce your license suspension period or result in a dismissal of your charges all together. Allow us to help you avoid or minimize the impact one of these charges may have on you, your job and your family.

THE MOST SERIOUS CRIMES: FELONY CHARGES

When you are accused of a felony, your liberty is in severe danger. Even the least serious felonies allow the judge wide discretion in determining a punishment and could result in prison time for a first offense. But you have even more to lose than freedom and money if you are successfully convicted. Having a felony on your record makes everything from getting a job to finding an apartment nearly impossible.

As your defense attorney, R. Bryce Lott can work to reduce your charges or prove your innocence. We work to find those details that may not be available in the police report by thoroughly investigating every aspect of your case and utilizing our network of investigators and expert witnesses when necessary. We can find the evidence that exonerates you or shows that you can only be held responsible for a misdemeanor rather than a forever life-changing felony conviction.

You never want to face any criminal charges without legal representation. The risks are too great and the criminal system is complex with deadlines and requirements that can backfire against you. We offer the advocacy you require while also keeping you informed of your case through our MyCase portal. Contact us today to set up a consultation so we can start discussing your defense.