Mississippi Criminal Records

What defines a Criminal Record in Mississippi?

A criminal record is an official document that records a person’s criminal history. The information assembles local, county and state jurisdictions. Trial courts, courts of appeals as well as county and state correctional facilities. The standard for criminal record collection and storage varies from county to county. The majority of Mississippi criminal records are organized online record depositories, available to the public in the form of a Criminal Background Report. This report is accessed through a number of courts, police departments and the official Mississippi State Records Online Database. The amount of criminal records information presented on StateRecords.org will vary from person to person. Resources are used to collect the information because different sources often have non-standardized state level protocols, storage classifications, requirements, organization and digitization processes. Criminal records in the state of Mississippi generally include the following subjects:

Mississippi Arrest Records

An arrest record is an official document providing information about a person questioned, apprehended, taken into custody, or placed in detention. They are also held for investigation and/or charged with, indicted or tried for any felony, misdemeanor or other offense by any law enforcement or military authority. In Mississippi, an arrest can result in someone committed misdemeanor amounting to as minor of an act as a breach of the peace or they commit a felony where there are reasonable grounds to believe they committed the crime.

Mississippi Arrest Warrants

An arrest warrant is an official document signed and issued by a judge or magistrate on behalf of the local and state jurisdictions. This document authorizes a police officer to arrest or detain the person named in the warrant. They may search and seize the individual’s property. An officer or private person may arrest any person without a warrant, for an indictable offense committed. A breach of the peace threatened or attempted in his presence; or when a person has committed a felony, though not in his presence; or when a felony is committed. If it is reasonable ground to suspect and believe the person proposed is arrested to have committed it; or on a charge, made upon reasonable cause, of the commission of a felony by the party proposed to be arrested, http://law.justia.com/codes/mississippi/2013/title-99/chapter-3/section-99-3-7 . And in all cases of arrests without warrant, the person making such arrest must tell the accused of the object and cause of the arrest, except when he is in the real commission of the offense or is arrested on a pursuit.

Mississippi Misdemeanors

A misdemeanor is a non-indictable offense and is generally less severe than felonies. However, like felonies, a misdemeanor charge is classified by a number-based system designed to describe the severity of the alleged crime. The Mississippi criminal statutes choose all other crimes as misdemeanors, http://misdemeanorguide.com/Mississippi-misdemeanor.php . In most states, misdemeanors are punishable by only up to one year in jail. A person convicted of a misdemeanor in Mississippi is sentenced to more than one year of incarceration, depending on the crime, but a misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony.

Mississippi Felonies

A felony offense is a criminal conviction with a maximum sentence of more than 1 year, which is  served in a county jail or state prison. In some cases, a felony conviction can even be punished by death. A felony in Mississippi is a serious crime that is punishable by a term of one year or more in prison or by death. Mississippi law does not classify felony crimes into different classes, http://norml.org/laws/item/mississippi-penalties-2 . The Mississippi criminal statutes give the possible penalties for each person felony. Felonies in Mississippi range from murder—the most serious felony crime in the state—to sexual battery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, robbery, and grand larceny.

Mississippi Sex Offender Listing

A sex offender listing is a registry of persons convicted of committing a sex crime that is often accessible by the public. In most cases, jurisdictions compile their laws into sections, such as traffic, assault and sexual. Judges are given discretion as to whether they need registration for crimes besides the charges listed under the sex offender registration law, http://state.sor.dps.ms.gov/so_law.html . A judge may order an adult to register as a sex offender if the crime involves sexual motivation.

Mississippi Serious Traffic Violation

A serious traffic violation tends to involve willful disregard for public safety, death, serious bodily injury, damage to property and multiple minor traffic violations. There is no “point system" in Mississippi; however, when you're convicted of a violation, it will go on the driving record. This can, in turn, cause your car insurance rates to increase.

Mississippi Conviction Records

A conviction record is a document providing information that a person is found guilty, pleaded guilty or pleaded no contest to criminal charges in a civilian or military court. The criminal charges are classified as a felony, misdemeanor or other offense. Conviction also includes a person judged delinquent, and less than honorably discharged or placed on probation, fined, imprisoned or paroled. A criminal conviction is rendered by either a jury of peers or a judge in a court of law. A conviction does not include a final judgment deleted by a pardon, set aside, reversed or otherwise rendered inoperative.

Mississippi Jail and Inmate Records

Jail and inmate records are official documents of information about a person’s current and sometimes past inmate status. A person who is in jail or considered an inmate is someone deprived of their civil liberties and is on trial for a crime or is serving, which maintains an inmate database that is often searchable online a prison sentence after being convicted of a crime. Most states have a Department of Corrections, http://www.mdoc.ms.gov/Pages/default.aspx . These records often include the inmate’s name, incarceration date, expected a release date, convicted offense and sometimes photos.

Mississippi Parole Information

Parole records are an official document that includes information about the release of a prisoner who agreed to certain conditions before completion of their maximum sentence. While the prisoner is on supervised parole, the board shall need as a condition of parole that they pay a monthly supervision fee of not less than $30, unless the board agrees to accept a lower fee after determining inability of the prisoner to pay. The board may also impose any conditions of parole it seems right to make sure the best interests of the prisoner and the citizens of Mississippi are served.

Mississippi Probation Records

Probation records are official documents that show when a person receives probation as an alternative to prison. Probation allows people convicted of a crime in Mississippi to serve their sentences out of custody, as long as they follow probation conditions imposed by the judge and probation officer http://law.justia.com/codes/mississippi/2010/title-47/7 . Probation is issued in proportion to the crime, so the length and nature of probation differ (sometimes drastically) from case to case. Probation typically falls into three categories: minimally supervised, supervised and intensive – an intensive is a form of very strict probation that has conditions that vary from state to state but that emphasize punishment and control of the offender within the community.

Mississippi Juvenile Criminal Records

A juvenile criminal record is an official record of information about criminal activity committed by children or adolescents who are not yet of legal adult age. Juveniles are not considered convicted of a crime like an adult but instead are found “adjudicated delinquent”. These criminal records are often mistakenly erased or expunged once a person becomes of legal adult age, but in fact, the record remains unless the person petitions to have it expunged. If a person was found adjudicated delinquent to a criminal offense, they do not have to respond “yes” if asked whether they have ever been convicted of a crime, unless the question specifically asks if they were ever adjudicated delinquent as well.

Mississippi History and Accuracy of Criminal Records

The accuracy of the data of criminal records depends on the record keeping and technological capabilities of the jurisdiction. This is where the record assembles and later digitized. Mississippi criminal records archives usually tend to go back as far as the 1970s. Criminal and arrest data started to centralize and compile into an organized database much like we use today. Accuracy was more commonly affected by human error in the past. In the 1990s the quality and accuracy of record keeping improved exponentially due to the computer, so the information provides on StateRecords.org will vary from person to person.

Mississippi Megan’s Law

Megan's Law is the term for state laws that create and support a sex offender registry, which provides information on registered sex offenders to the public. The first Megan's Law appeared after the rape and murder of 7-year-old New Jersey resident Megan Kanka by a sex offender who lived in the girl's own neighborhood. Soon after passage of this first Megan's Law, the federal government requires all states set up sex offender registries and offer the public with information about those registered, http://state.sor.dps.ms.gov/so_law.html . Anyone convicted of sexual battery involving the use of force must register with state and federal authorities as a sex offender. Sex offender registration restricts where the offender may work, live, go to school, and even just be present.
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  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Blackmail
  • Conspiracy
  • Domestic Violence
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
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  • Firearms
  • Fraud
  • Infractions
  • Kidnapping
  • Larceny
  • Manslaughter
  • Mayhem
  • Misdemeanors
  • Murder
  • Obstruction
  • Perjury
  • Parole Violation
  • Probation Violation
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Assault
  • Solicitation
  • Theft
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