Criminal Defense

Hattiesburg Criminal Defense Lawyers 

Little is as frightening or stressful as being accused of a crime. Whether it is a misdemeanor or felony, your life suddenly becomes chaotic and uncertain. Criminal accusations not only threaten you with incarceration, fines, probation, and other court penalties, but they can negatively affect your reputation, your job or career, and future life opportunities, from employment to housing, professional licenses, and more. You will need professional advice and representation in understanding what you are up against, your options, and the best way to address the situation.

At Johnson, Ratliff & Waide, PLLC,  we can put a knowledgeable and dedicated criminal defense lawyer on your side. Our attorneys can give you the information you need to make proper decisions about your case and act as your advocate throughout all steps of the legal process. Our team shares more than 60 years of experience in helping people throughout our region respond to and resolve all types of criminal allegations, arrests, and charges. No matter how complex your case may seem, we will fight aggressively to help you secure the best possible result.

Criminal Defense Services We Provide

Charges against you can be filed based on falsehoods, misinformation, entrapment, or other law enforcement or legal errors. In some cases, you may be guilty of an offense far less serious than the often trumped-up charges brought by state prosecutors. 

In all cases, we work aggressively to ensure you get a fair shake from the law. First, we protect your rights when under police questioning so that you do not fall into any traps that could incriminate you later. Next, we conduct an independent investigation into your alleged offense, look for, uncover, and expose any flaws or weaknesses that can work in your favor, and build a defense strategy that aims at case dismissals, reduced charges, and other favorable outcomes. Whether through negotiations with prosecutors or by trial in state or federal criminal court before a judge and jury, we take every legal measure to protect your freedom and future.

We handle all types of criminal cases, including but not limited to:

  • Drug Crimes. These can range from possession to distribution, sales, manufacture, cultivation, and trafficking of controlled substances, such as street drugs as well as unauthorized prescription medicines.
  • DUI Defense. We represent clients facing first offenses as well as repeat offenses, underage DUI, and commercially-licensed DUI charges. 
  • Post-Conviction. Under the law, you can file for expungements, appeals, and other forms of post-conviction relief. Our firm can represent you with appropriate legal action.
  • Sex Crimes. These are among the most serious of all charges, carrying a social stigma as well as severe penalties that can include sex offender registration in many cases.
  • Theft Crimes. From shoplifting to petty larceny, grand larceny, burglary, and robbery, charges can encompass low-level misdemeanors to serious felonies.  
  • Violent Crimes. Because of their aggressive nature against people and property, these crimes carry harsh consequences. They can include assault, manslaughter, murder, arson, kidnapping, and more.
  • Domestic Violence. Acts of aggression against spouses, family members, intimate partners, or co-parents are severely punished. We represent individuals in both simple and aggravated domestic violence charges.
  • Federal Crimes. These are crimes that violate federal law and are often investigated by such agencies as the FBI, DEA, and more. You will need a federally-licensed attorney who is experienced in federal court law and procedure.
  • White Collar Crimes. While mostly nonviolent, these offenses can carry harsh penalties, especially at the federal level, depending on the extent of financial damage alleged by victims.

It is important to remember that you are innocent until proven guilty and due process is based on the prosecutor proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Because so much is often at stake in any criminal case, you need to be proactive. Take the first step by contacting Johnson, Ratliff & Waide, PLLC to get capable legal protections and representation. Our team has the experience, skills, and resources needed to work on your behalf for a favorable outcome.

Protect Your Rights with Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys

When facing criminal charges, it is crucial to have skilled and knowledgeable attorneys on your side who will fight to protect your rights. At Johnson, Ratliff & Waide, our team of dedicated criminal defense lawyers has years of experience representing clients in Hattiesburg and the surrounding areas.

Why choose us for your criminal defense needs:

  • Extensive legal expertise: Our attorneys specialize in criminal defense and have a deep understanding of the Mississippi legal system. We stay up-to-date with the latest laws and strategies to provide the strongest defense for our clients.
  • Personalized approach: We believe in treating each client as an individual and tailoring our defense strategies to their unique circumstances. We take the time to listen to your side of the story and develop a strong defense strategy that best suits your needs.
  • Aggressive representation: Our attorneys are known for their tenacity and will vigorously advocate for your rights both inside and outside the courtroom. We will explore every possible legal avenue to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
  • Proven track record: Over the years, we have successfully defended clients against a wide range of criminal charges, from misdemeanors to serious felonies. Our track record of positive results speaks to our commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for our clients.
  • Compassionate support: We understand that facing criminal charges can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. Our team is here to provide you with the support and guidance you need throughout the legal process, offering reassurance and answering any questions you may have.

Don't leave your future to chance. Contact Johnson, Ratliff & Waide today to schedule a consultation with our experienced criminal defense attorneys. We are ready to fight for your rights and provide you with the strong defense you deserve.

Reach out to a Hattiesburg criminal defense attorney to discuss the specifics of your case. Contact a team member via email or at (601) 202-8570 today. 

Why Choose Our firm?

What Makes Us Different
  • Multi-Practice Legal Services
    Our firm is committed to helping you navigate a variety of legal matters across multiple practice areas.
  • Thousands of Clients Helped
    Since its opening in 2000, our firm has successfully helped thousands of clients get the justice they deserve.
  • A Proven Record of Results
    Our firm has recovered millions of dollars for victims of injury throughout the state of Mississippi.
  • Experience You Can Count On
    With over 60 years of combined experience, we know how to fight for the results you need.
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