State Felony

In Mississippi, felonies are considered the most serious types of crimes. A standard definition of a felony is any crime punishable by more than one year in prison or by death for capital offenses like first-degree murder. Unlike misdemeanors, defendants convicted of felonies usually serve their sentences in a state prison rather than a local, city or county jail. Whether or not the defendant has to appear in court for various parts of the criminal justice process also depends on whether or not he or she is being charged with a felony.

Felonies can be charged upon a grand jury indictment, while lesser crimes can be charged by a written complaint or information. In the case of a felony charge, not only are the procedural laws different than they are for misdemeanors, but the substantive laws can also be affected.

A person convicted of a felony will usually have more restrictions on their rights than a person convicted of a misdemeanor. For example, if convicted of a felony, you will lose your right to vote or run for office, lose your right to carry a firearm, and lose your right to serve on a jury.

Our aggressive approach in defending a state felony charge includes us fighting the admissibility and sufficiency of the government’s evidence, the accuracy of drug test results, and illegal searches and seizures. Peter H. Barrett and William C. Barrett both have significant experience with all types of general criminal charges in Mississippi. Immediate involvement of a criminal defense lawyer in Mississippi can sometimes help you avoid indictment or get reduced sentencing. Pre-Trial Diversion or Non-Adjudication of your charges are possible if you contact an attorney early in the criminal process.

If you’re under investigation or have been charged with a state felony, contact P. & W. Barrett Lawyers, PLLC right now for a consultation about your case. Put our experience with state felony charges to work for you now.

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To speak to our Gulfport, MS or Jackson, MS criminal defense lawyers about any type of federal or state criminal charge, please contact P. & W. Barrett Lawyers, PLLC. Contact us in Gulfport at (228) 864-9885. Contact us in Jackson at (601) 973-2270. You can also contact us by email at

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