Gulfport, MS asked in Criminal Law for Mississippi

Q: In MS, does each individual criminal charge come with a different case number? such as 20-20-###.

Back in February, a friend of mine was arrested by his PO officer accompanied by the DTF when she made a home visit. Numerous charges including felon in poss of firearm, drug poss charges, etc. On ALL of the original paperwork with the judge's signature signing off for the warrants and validity, every individual charge has the EXACT same case #. I thought each charge needed a different case and docket number.

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Vic Carmody Jr
Vic Carmody Jr
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Flowood, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: An indictment can have multiple counts (charges) listed under the same cause number. For example, at the top will be the cause number (Cause No 2020-1234) and below will be each charge (Count I - Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Count II - Possession of Controlled Substance, etc.) Each count will outline the law and the facts and circumstances alleging the violation.

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