Our attorneys have experience with felony charges as well as misdemeanors. Khalaf & Nguyen has represented clients at preliminary hearings (capital murder . . . drugs valued at over $1 million . . . and so forth), bond reduction hearings and writ of habeas corpus hearings (i.e. bond reduced from $1 million to $25,000 in a manslaughter charge; bond reduced from $1 million to $250,000 in a huge drug felony charge), and so forth.
In regards to misdemeanors, Khalaf & Nguyen has represented clients who have been charged with all types of misdemeanors (i.e. simple assault, domestic violence, possession, and so forth). Our attorneys have conducted trials in municipal courts and justice courts.
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A Municipal Court is a city court that oversees charges and cases that arise from within a particular municipality. The Municipal Court administers the judicial procedures according to the State Statute and City Ordinances for misdemeanor crimes and traffic offenses as well as for collection of fines and traffic offenses arising within a particular city. In Mississippi, there are 226 Municipal Courts. Most of the judges are appointed by the governing bodies of their respective municipalities.
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Justice Court can hear civil cases involving amounts of $3,500 or less, misdemeanor criminal cases, and any traffic offense that occurs outside of a municipality. In Mississippi, there are 82 Justice Courts with 197 Justice Court judges, who are elected and are not required to have a license to practice law within the state of Mississippi.
Youth Courts deal with matters involving juveniles, whether the case involves abuse and neglect of juveniles or criminal offenses committed by juveniles. Young people who have not reached the age of 18 are subject to appear in Youth Court, but there are some exceptions. Some offenses which would be treated as crimes if committed by adults are known as delinquent acts when they involve juveniles.
In the 21 Mississippi counties which have a County Court, then those County Court judges also serve as Youth Court judges. In the counties which do not have a County Court, then the Chancery Court judge may hear the Youth Court cases, or the Chancery Court judge may appoint a lawyer to act in a judicial capacity as a Youth Court Referee. Pearl, Mississippi, has its own municipal Youth Court.
County Courts share jurisdiction with Circuit and Chancery Courts in some civil matters, with the jurisdictional limit up to $200,000. County Courts may also handle non-capital felony cases that have been transferred from Circuit Court. The judges may issue search warrants, set bond, and preside over preliminary hearings. County Courts have concurrent jurisdiction with Justice Courts, both civil and criminal matters. In Mississippi, there are 21 County Courts with 30 County Court judges, who are elected and serve four-year terms. The following counties have a County Court: Adams, Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Forrest, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jones, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lee, Leflore, Lowndes, Madison, Pearl River, Pike, Rankin, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo.
Circuit Courts hear felony criminal cases and civil lawsuits. Additionally, Circuit Courts hear appeals from County, Justice, and Municipal courts and from administrative boards and commissions such as the Workers' Compensation Commission and the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. There are 22 Circuit Court districts in Mississippi and 53 Circuit Court judges, with the number of judges per district ranging from one to four. Circuit Court trials are heard with a 12-member jury, and usually have one or two alternate jurors. However, a Circuit Court judge may preside over a trial without a jury if the dispute is a question of law rather than fact.