There are certain situations when it could be advantageous to hire a criminal defense attorney licensed in more than one state. One situation is when you are facing simultaneous criminal charges in two states. For example, if you are on probation in Mississippi and then get arrested for drug possession in Louisiana, you will be subject to the revocation of your probation in Mississippi and will also be facing a drug charge in Louisiana. Instead of hiring two separate lawyers to defend you, you may want to get one criminal defense lawyer, who is licensed in Mississippi and Louisiana, to help you with both charges.
Another situation would be if you live in one state and were charged with a criminal offense in another state. If you are a resident of Jackson, Mississippi and you were arrested for aggravated assault on vacation in New Orleans, for example, it may be beneficial to have a lawyer who is licensed in both Mississippi and Louisiana, particularly if you are trying to have your probation transferred to your home state. I recently represented a client who had been sentenced to 10 years of probation in Georgia. He had the probation transferred to Mississippi and wanted an early termination. My client chose me as his attorney because I am licensed in both Georgia and Mississippi, and we were successful in taking 3 years off of his probation.
As a criminal defense lawyer licensed in Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas, I am often called to assist with multi-state criminal matters. If you or a loved one would benefit from a multi-state attorney, please call our law firm at (337) 704-2615 or (601) 944-1980.