Enforcement of drug laws in Mississippi is extremely rigorous. Considering the wide-ranging impact of a conviction and criminal record, there really is no such thing as a minor drug charge. If you have been charged with marijuana possession or any other drug crime, you need a proven local attorney you can trust on your side.

Hattiesburg drug crime attorney Michael J. Shemper has built a strong track record of protecting individuals from life-changing convictions and the worst consequences of drug charges. We welcome calls from university students, concerned parents and attorneys nationwide who are seeking outstanding local defense counsel in South Mississippi.

Are You Facing A Marijuana Charge In South Mississippi?


Local and state police, as well as federal authorities, recognize Hattiesburg as a hub city on a major drug thoroughfare. They patrol Interstate 59, U.S. Highways 49 and 98, and other area roadways aggressively on the lookout for major drug traffickers — and frequently stop and arrest others carrying marijuana and other drugs in the process.

Marijuana possession is by far the most common drug charge, but it should never be underestimated. In Mississippi, conviction for any drug offense brings a six-month driver's license suspension. The other penalties may be more severe than you think, including:

  • A fine up to $1,000, up to 6 months in jail and suspension of your drivers license for possession of less than 30 grams of pot in a vehicle
  • Fines ranging from several thousand to $1 million and jail time up to 30 years for felony marijuana possession, depending on the amount
  • A felony drug charge and potentially lengthy jail time for intent to distribute any amount of marijuana
  • Major enhancements that worsen sentences for drug distribution near a school or park, selling to a minor and a range of other circumstances

Put A Proven Mississippi Drug Possession Attorney To Work For You Now


Anyone arrested for marijuana possession or an offense involving cocaine, prescription drugs or other controlled substances should hire an experienced local defense lawyer promptly. At Michael J. Shemper, PLLC, you will work closely with a proven trial lawyer who has earned numerous case dismissals and other favorable outcomes to protect our clients' futures.

For a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer who will put your interests first and look hard at every angle on your case, call our firm right now at 601-545-7787.