Forfeiture Unit

The District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial District utilizes the Asset Forfeiture laws of the State of Mississippi as part of its mission to fight crime and keep citizens safe. These laws allow law enforcement to obtain the forfeiture of property that is used or related to criminal activity. Mississippi law allows for Asset Forfeiture in a variety of cases. These cases include illegal drug offenses, weapons offenses, illegal gambling, gang activity, drive by shootings, bootlegging and felony DUI offenses.

It disincentives criminal activity by seizing those things that are used to commit crimes or the proceeds gained from the commission of criminal activity. These funds are then used according to State law for valid law enforcement purposes. They can be used to purchase bullet proof vests for officers, for further investigations into criminal activity, for law enforcement training and for community crime fighting. For example, a gun that is used by a criminal in a drive by shooting can be seized and forfeited and then traded in by a law enforcement agency for the purchase of a bullet proof vest. Another example would allow for money that is seized from a drug dealer who has sold drugs in our communities to be seized, forfeited and used by the police for community policing initiatives that are designed to protect all citizens.

Asset forfeiture is a valuable crime fighting tool. The District Attorney’s Office believes in the use of these laws to better our communities. Law Enforcement Offices that are interested in participating in the program should contact the District Attorney’s Office for more information on how to participate.

 

Below is a list of various Mississippi statutes that authorize Asset Forfeiture proceedings in criminal matters.

Forfeiture Law Vehicles
Forfeiture LEO
Forfeiture Public Health Law
Forfeiture Streetgang Law
Forfeiture Substances Law

Breaking News

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Sep

Trinard Maxon found Guilty of Second Degree Murder and Firearm Enhancement

Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Trinard Maxon, 30 yoa, was found guilty after two days of testimony for the shooting death of Byron Hall, Jr. 23 yoa at the time of his death, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson […]... read more

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August
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Aug

DA’s Worthless Check Unit Collects $21,955 for Washington County

Greenville, MS- District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today that the Worthless Check Unit delivered $21,955.78 to Washington County Tax Collector Patricia Lee. The almost $22,000 represents money collected from bad check writers by the DA’s Worthless Check Unit. Lee […]... read more

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August
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JURY FINDS LORENZO SHEAD, JR. GUILTY OF FONDLING

Greenville, MS—Lorenzo Shead, Jr. was found guilty of Fondling in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. After twenty-five minutes of deliberations, a Washington Count jury announced the verdict in open court at 5:55 on yesterday. Following […... read more

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July
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Habitual Drug Offender sentenced to 30 years

Greenwood, MS – In LeFlore County Circuit Court, Jerence Jones, 38 yoa, pled guilty to multiple counts of possessing narcotics with intent to distribute, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Jones had a long history in LeFlore County of being […]... read more

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Our Mission

The mission of the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Circuit Court, under the direction of
W. Dewayne Richardson, is to seek justice in order to maintain an environment of safety, security and lawful behavior for the citizens of the Fourth District.

The Office of the District Attorney uses lawful and reasonable methods to successfully identify and prosecute those who commit felony crimes. When a crime occurs, the Office of the District Attorney diligently pursues the indictment and conviction of those responsible, while adhering to all rights of the Victim, ensuring the victim is being provided all direct services applicable, and acknowledging all constitutional safeguards for the accused.

The District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth
District’s goal is to work with law enforcement and the judiciary to punish those who break our laws with adequate punishment. Every representative of the Office of the District Attorney pledges their commitment and full support to the protection of all citizens within the Fourth Circuit Court District.

Contact

Greenville Office
P.O. Box 426
Greenville MS 38702
[P] 662.378.2105
[F] 662.332.4665
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Indianola Office
P.O. Box 1046
Indianola, MS 38751
[P] 662.887.4306
[F] 662.887.6275
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Greenwood Office
P.O. Box 253
Greenwood, MS 38935
[P] 662.453.1089
[F] 662.451.7291
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Judicial Process

Citizen's Involvement in the criminal justice system typically begins with them being a victim, witness, or defendant of a crime. Arrests are made generally by a judge-issued warrant or by a police officer observing a crime in process. Law enforcement may also arrest someone if it has probable cause to believe the person committed a criminal offense. When individuals are arrested they are routinely advised of their Miranda Rights upon arrest, advising them that they have the right to remain silent and that anything they say will be used against them in court. On being questioned, defendants have the right to have their attorney present or to have one appointed if they are indigent.

Felony defendants appear at a first appearance and have the charges reviewed. A judge will inquire if the defendant has an attorney. If low income, the defendant may qualify for a court-appointed lawyer. No plea is entered at this time unless the defendant wishes to plead guilty or waives indictment and has an attorney present. All felony cases are presented to a grand jury in the county that the crime was committed. In the State of Mississippi, only a grand jury has the authority to indict an individual for a felony offense and require them to stand trial for the charges alleged in an affidavit and indictment.

If an indictment is issued, the defendant is bound over to stand trial or enter a guilty plea to the crimes alleged. When a criminal trial occurs all 12 jurors must find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sentences are decided by Circuit Court Judges in all criminal matters. In most cases a recommendation is made regarding imprisonment, probation, fines and restitution.