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Habitual Offender, Enhancement and Trigger Lock

A habitual offender has been convicted of two prior felonies arising on different occasions. A habitual offender must serve the maximum sentence day-for-day without early release. A life habitual offender has two prior felonies, one of which is violent and has served at least year on each. In this case, a life habitual offender must serve life without parole. These statutory maximums must be weighed against the U.S. Constitution eighth amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Habitual offender sentences may be reduced on this ground.

Enhancement means doubling the penalty for a drug charge because of a prior drug conviction, or possession or sale near a church or playground.

Possession of a firearm in proximity to controlled substance (drugs) also carries extra jail time. Mississippi modeled this provision after the federal trigger lock law.

An indictment can be amended by the court on a motion of the prosecution at any time, even after trial, to include enhancement or habitual offender status.

Client Reviews
"Mr. Alldredge is an excellent lawyer. He has compassion for his clients and he delivered more than we expected! He and Nancy were exceptionally professional and were accommodating of my husband's tricky schedule. Rufus provided us with resources and guidance, and most importantly helped us build a strong case. Highly recommend!” Cherie Mire
"Mr. Alldredge is an incredible, kind hearted, knowledgeable attorney. If you ever find yourself in a position where you need an attorney that can help you navigate any kind of situation, he is the one. He ensures that you know as much as possible and ensures you are prepared. He made me feel calm and he always, always, is available for any questions or concerns. Highly recommend." Eva Beidelman
"MR. Alldredge worked with me while I was on a short time line do to having leave to go back to work in Germany. He ended up not only representing me but got the case dismissed and saved my military career. Now i see why all my friends recommended him and he hard earned reputation." Charles Pinkston