Criminal Defense

Innocent until proven guilty

We work hard to defeat the charges against our clients

Elmore & Peterson has represented clients on charges from DUI and minor possession to fraud and capital murder in the State and Federal Courts, as well as in the Mississippi Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court

We care

We firmly believe in the presumption of innocence and the value of a vigorous defense. It is important for anyone charged with a crime to have a competent and experienced attorney who can challenge the State’s evidence, untruthful witnesses, and get the client the best possible result.

A second chance

A Second Chance

Every person deserves a second chance, but first he needs a competent attorney at his side. The attorneys at Elmore & Peterson have represented clients throughout Mississippi and earned the respect of judges and prosecutors in the Courts where they practice. These good relationships can help their clients in criminal cases. If you or a loved one are charged with a crime, call us to see if we can help resolve your situation.

We Will Defend Your Rights

If your case goes to trial, your criminal defense attorney must spend hours reviewing witness and law enforcement documents. He has to meet with the client to fully understand the client’s version of events. A good criminal defense attorney should be able to spot the lying witness and expose him to the jury. There are many lawyers who handle criminal matters, but few of them can do all of these things. Here at Elmore & Peterson, we pride ourselves on diligent preparation and ability at trial to give our clients the best chance to win.

Cases we handled

Murder & Manslaughter

DUI & Traffic Tickets

Federal Cases

Money Laundering

Drug Cases (Sale and Possession)

Sex Crimes

Frequently Asked Questions

Criminal Defense

1. I have a family member in jail.  How do I find out the charges and the bond amount?

We can call the jail for you to find the person’s charges and bond amount.  We can also contact the court to make sure the jail has accurate and complete information.


2. When does an arrested person go to court?  What will happen there? 

The first time an arrested person will go before a judge is for his initial appearance where he is informed of his charges and given a bond.  This bond is often very high.  That is why it is important to have a defense attorney by the time of the next appearance before a judge, which is called a preliminary hearing.  This is a hearing where the judge will hear some of the evidence against the client and can reduce the client’s bond.  The client’s attorney can cross-examine the State’s witnesses and point out favorable evidence to the judge.  This may be the last opportunity to get the bond reduced for many months.


3. What does “indictment” mean?
In Mississippi a person does not have to go to trial on felony charges unless a Grand Jury has issued an indictment against them.  At a grand jury proceeding the prosecutor must present evidence that a crime has been committed and that the defendant is the one who committed it.  Neither the defendant nor his attorney is allowed to be present or give testimony to the Grand Jury.  If the Grand Jury issues an indictment against someone, that person will have to go before a Circuit Court judge where he will plead guilty or not guilty.


4.  If someone has a felony indictment against them will he have to go to trial?
After a person has plead not guilty to the indictment against him, the judge will set a trial date, usually many months in the future.  The defense attorney will request all the police reports, witness statements, photographs and other evidence in the possession of the prosecutor.  After reviewing this evidence and talking with witnesses, the client will make a decision to go to trial or ask his attorney to seek a plea bargain with the prosecutor.   Often a trial can be avoided where the client’s attorney can negotiate a good plea for his client and save him the anxiety and uncertainty of going to trial.


5.   Is it important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible?
At Elmore & Peterson, we visit with our clients in jail as soon as possible, including nights or weekends. This is critical so that we can advise the client before he makes any statements to law enforcement or gives up any rights he has to a hearing.