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Why should you fight drug possession charges?

Whenever you face a drug charge, the consequences can be enormous. Now only must you possibly contend with jail time and heavy fines, a drug conviction on your record can close many doors in the future or strip you of important opportunities.

Many people in college assume "everybody does drugs in college, it's no big deal." While it is true that some people may know the right person to get the charges swept under the rug, for most of us, facing drug charges can change the course of our educational and professional careers for years to come.

How can I protect my business from my divorce?

If you're a small business owner facing divorce, then you have some very serious decisions to make, and very little time to decide your path forward. Without proper legal guidance and decisive action, your divorce may take your business down with it. The good news is that you have options — but you must act quickly if you hope to keep your business intact throughout your divorce.

Depending on the specifics of your divorce and when you obtained or founded the business, your spouse may have a legitimate legal right to some of your stake in ownership, just as he or she has a legal right to other marital property. In the absence of a prenuptial agreement that protects your business or some other protection that keep the business separate from your marital property, you must take very careful action in the next season.

Forensic accountants can find hidden assets for divorce settlemen

When people divorce, financial issues often come to the forefront. Resolving those issues for a divorce settlement is often less simple than just counting the money in the bank accounts and calculating the value of the family house. There may be many assets that one spouse is not aware of, either because the other spouse innocently managed income and investments or because the other spouse intentionally hid income and investments to shield them from being accessed by anyone other than themselves.

When one partner suspects that this may be the case, they should talk with their divorce attorney about their options. One is to secure a qualified forensic accountant, who can do a forensic analysis to find assets that are currently unknown to one spouse. Those assets may have been deliberately hidden, transferred to someone or deferred.

Immigration law is complicated. Know your options for avoiding deportation.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is cracking down in Mississippi and across the country, and immigrants and their families need to be aware of their options for defending against deportation.

Even if you have stayed up to date on your annual work permits, you could still face serious consequences if you have not secured permanent residency documents. This is especially true in the current political climate.

Mexican man being deported after 20 years in Mississippi

The status of immigrants in the United States often engenders sympathy among the public when a person has lived in our country for a long time but lacks the legal status to stay. One such case that has been in the news recently involves a Mexican man who spent the past 20 years living in Mississippi. He is now scheduled to be deported June 1.

The man objects to the pending deportation. He requested a stay so that he could remain in the U.S. for another year. That stay was denied in a letter signed by an officer with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on May 12.

How do Mississippi family courts make child custody decisions?

Child custody is one of the most important issues couples have to work out in the divorce process. Ideally, couples are able to set their differences aside and come up with a mutually acceptable solution that best serves the needs of the child. For one reason or another, many couples are not able to do this, and require the intervention of the court to resolve the matter.

Child custody is not something couples can agree to in advance by marital contract, and must in any case be approved by the court. In considering proposed child custody arrangements, family courts have as their primary concern the best interests of the child, a term which refers to a constellation of factors relevant to the child’s well-being. 

AG Sessions orders prosecutors to trigger mandatory drug sentences

Overturning a 2013 memo from the Obama Administration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has just ordered prosecutors to ensure sentencing judges have all the information they need to hand down harsh, mandatory minimum sentences -- even for low-level drug offenders.

This may come as bitter news to Mississippians who have gotten used to decriminalization. Under state law, a first offense for possessing 30 grams or less of marijuana is punishable by a fine alone, and subsequent low-level offenses like this earn you no more than six months in jail and a $500 fine. (It's important to remember that, for immigrants, it could still result in deportation.)

3 things to know about asylum-based immigration in the U.S.

Every year foreign nationals are granted asylum in the United States due to war and persecution in their homelands, and this kind of immigration is woven into the fabric of U.S. immigration law.

Still, asylum-based immigration in the U.S. is widely misunderstood. Here are some things that immigrants and their families need to know about asylum and immigration.

Supreme Court takes on the dirty secret of racist jury behavior

"The jury, over the centuries, has been an inspired, trusted and effective instrument for resolving factual disputes and determining ultimate questions of guilt or innocence in criminal cases," writes Justice Anthony Kennedy for the majority in the recent case of Peña-Rodriguez v. Colorado.

"The nation must continue to make strides to overcome race-based discrimination," Kennedy continued. "Blatant racial prejudice is antithetical to the functioning of the jury system and must be confronted in egregious cases like this one despite the general bar of the no-impeachment rule."

Immigration legal services for Mississippi families

U.S. immigration law is complicated, especially in the current political climate.

Immigrants and their families in Mississippi need to be aware of their full range of immigration options. If you or your loved one wants to change immigration status, it is important to have an experienced immigration attorney help you achieve your goals. Here are some things to know.

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