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Victor Carmody
I am the owner and managing partner of Victor W.Carmody Jr.P.A. My practice has taken me into all 82 counties of this state and most of the cities. I have also been priviledged to have represented clients in 15 other states. And as founding regent of The National College of DUI Defense I have relationships with almost 1000 DUI attorneys around the country, and I keep constant contact to share ideas and techniques to better assist in and out-of-state clients. I have always enjoyed helping people with their DUI problems.

What is “Drunk Driving” in Mississippi?

“Drunk driving” is a loosely used phrase throughout the country. Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Students Against Drunk Driving. Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. [Insert the name of a celebrity or athlete] Busted for Drunk Driving! The organizations, slogans, and headlines aside, is “drunk driving” really what our law says is a crime? No. Actually, our law – specifically Mississippi law – criminalizes “driving the under the influence,” most commonly referred to as “DUI.” One can drive under the influence without ... Read More »

The Guilty Plea Trap

Society (potential employers) will all check your background prior to allowing you to pass on that path of your life that brought you to them. This includes employers, military, and literally everyone in your future involving employment, finance, life insurance, car insurance, credit report, house and vehicle purchases; schools, both primary and college and professional schools. These background checks may be by both law enforcement and private sector data bases. Arrest/ Conviction records are absolute career ending events. Most folks ... Read More »

Police Aren’t Above The Law

An officer of the law in Lake County, Indiana, faces the charges of Driving Under the Influence and is the cause of a hit-and-run accident. The Indiana State Police stated that “Lieutenant Guy Mikulich was in an unmarked police car” while driving on Sunday at 4:48 p.m. when he hit a 34-year-old man who was standing outside by his vehicle on Oak Avenue in Miller Beach. Officer Mikulich is a 16-year veteran of the sheriff’s department and had been working ... Read More »

To Test Or Not To Test

Judge Christine Ward of Pennsylvania was cited for DUI over the weekend after admitting to state troopers that she had too much to drink. The Judge, who works on civil litigation cases, has been accused of being intoxicated while driving. According to WPXI of Pittsburg, Judge Ward “staggered as she walked…and at one point Ward fell to her side.” During the incident, Judge Ward was observed by the police to have “exhibited difficulty standing on her own as she leaned ... Read More »


In this line of business, we attorneys come across new and improved quackery that is supposed to help drinkers keep track of their blood alcohol content and whether they should be out on the road behind the wheel. However, last week, I encountered the Breathometer. What a name! ( for information.) This new piece of tech supposedly can give a user their current BAC levels, how many hours it will be until they are sober, and it is super portable. ... Read More »

DUI Affects the Rich and Famous Too.

Some media would have you believe that police only pick on those at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum. But our firm continually provides the bulk of our DUI defense services to those situated toward the upper end of the spectrum. The truth is, especially when it comes to drunk driving, that anyone can and likely will be arrested for DUI, and the consequences can be just as severe, regardless of who you are. As a case in point, ... Read More »

No-Refusal Checkpoints in Mississippi

Many police agencies in Mississippi are adopting a common practice of obtaining warrants for blood when a suspect refuses a breath or other tests. And this is generally done on a case-by-case basis. But the Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) took things to a new level this month by establishing a no-refusal checkpoint, as reported here. Over the recent Labor Day weekend, MHP set up a no-refusal checkpoint in Oxford, MS, home of The University of Mississippi, a.k.a. Ole Miss. “What ... Read More »

DUIs Soon Eligible for Expunction in Mississippi

In our recent blog we noted one of the key changes to Mississippi DUI law that will become effective October 1, 2014. Another major change is that DUI convictions will now be eligible for expunction. Previously, DUIs could be expunged from your arrest record only if you were found not guilty, the case was dismissed, or you were otherwise not convicted. But under Mississippi Code Annotated § 63-11-30(13), as of October 1, 2014, certain DUI convictions will be eligible for expunction. ... Read More »

Nonadjudicating DUIs in Mississippi

Last year we wrote this blog about some of last year’s changes to Mississippi’s DUI law. This year,however, even more changes were included in Mississippi House Bill 412. The updates are numerous and will take effect on October 1, 2014. Of all these changes, however, nonadjudication must be the most talked about. While called different things in various states, nonadjudication simply means that the guilty plea is withheld and the case is dismissed once the offender completes certain court-imposed conditions. In other words, it’s a ... Read More »

DUI and Your Career

When most people think about a DUI arrest or conviction, they immediately think about spending the night in jail or having to pay a fine.  But those are just the most obvious effects.  In Mississippi, there is also mandatory alcohol safety education, a victim’s impact panel, and high-risk insurance, all of which add significantly to the costs and time involved; the insurance alone can cost thousands of dollars in increased premiums.  But what many people overlook is potentially the most significant ... Read More »