Hello - my name is Rufus Alldredge. I represent and defend people against government. Usually this means representing and defending people on misdemeanor and felony charges. Representation also extends to asset seizures and forfeitures. I also help people maintain professional or technical licenses, their job and their livelihood.
It is best to begin representation as soon as the person knows he or she is being investigated. Usually the person learns of the charge upon arrest. Call your lawyer then. If a person learns he or she is being investigated by a Grand Jury, this is a unique opportunity to present your defenses prior to Grand Jury determination.
In many cases an underlying alcohol or drug problem results in an arrest. Left unchecked, the progression from substance abuse to chemical dependancy or addiction can consume a person’s life. Proactive strategy with a chemically dependant client begins with diagnostic assessment and may include residential or outpatient treatment, aftercare and appropriate followup with documentation forwarded to the attorney. In appropriate cases, addressing the underlying cause of a problem often leads to a good result in court.
I work closely with a client to preserve a professional or technical license, including representation of professional license issues before the appropriate board.
I was formerly a partner in an established Mississippi Gulf Coast corporate law firm. The call of the court room led me to the District Attorney’s office for the Second Circuit Court District where I served as an Assistant District Attorney, principally in Harrison County. As a felony prosecutor, I handled high profile cases of every type including drugs, crimes of violence against children and the elderly, property crimes, white collar crimes and Grand Jury investigations. I prosecuted asset seizures and forfeitures for Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties.
Since leaving the District Attorney’s office, I have been dedicated to defend the rights of individuals arrested, charged or investigated by local, state and federal governments. This includes all criminal defense matters including bond reductions, drug charges, white collar crimes, property crimes, DUI misdemeanor and felony charges, DUI injury and death cases, expungements, probation revocations and parole hearings in State and Federal courts. I also defend civil asset seizures and forfeitures. I help maintain a client’s profession or technical license so he can keep his job and livelihood.
I give individual attention to each client in order to present the defense in the best possible light. For example, if alcohol or drugs are an issue, treatment options are presented and explored. First offenders may be eligible for alternative options including Drug Court, non-adjudication, or pretrial diversion. Personal and family ties, employment, professional and technical licenses are all factored into the defense strategy to minimize the consequences.
JD, Mississippi College School of Law, 1988
Graduated with distinction. Editor-in-Chief, Law Review
MBA, Tulane University, 1979
BA, Tulane University, 1976
Certified Public Accountant, Louisiana, 1984
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeAll Mississippi State Courts, 1988
U.S. Federal District Courts, Northern & Southern Districts of Mississippi, 1988
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1988
United States Supreme Court, 1992
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Mississippi Bar Association
Member Since: 1988
Served on Several Bar Committees
Member Since: 1988 - 2009
Mississippi Association for Justice
National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers
Past/Current Employment Positions
Assistant District Attorney, Harrison County, MS 1993 - 1999
DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney 1999 - present