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All information Obtained From:  District Attorney Cono Caranna, Chief Weatherford Gulfport Police Department, Harrison County Sheriff George Payne, Congressman Gene Taylor, District Attorney G. Gilmore Martin and is intended for educational purposes only.

Felony Conviction

 A Felon can Not own a gun, vote, sit on jury or be employed in a job, which requires a State License.

CRIME PUNISHMENT

Abuse of Emergency 911 number
19-5-317

Up to $5000 Fine &/or 1Year in Jail

Adultery & Fornication
97-29-1,3,5,7,29 

Up to $500 Fine &/or 6 Months in Jail

ALCOHOL  RELATED  CRIMES

1st  Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Auto Drinking & Driving (DUI)
63-11-30 
(conviction on driving record for 5 years)
(2nd Offense Vehicle Impounded & Ignition Interlock)

$250 to $1000 Fine
Suspend License up to 12 months or 90 Days if MASEP

$600 to $1500 Fine  
Up to 1 yr. in Jail  
Suspend License up to 24 Months

Felony  
$2000 - $5000

1 to 5 Years in the Penitentiary

Boating Drinking & Driving
(BUI)
59-23-5
(legally drunk .10% alcohol level)

$250 to $1000 Fine 
&/or 
Up to 24 Hours Jail
(+ BSE Course)

$600 to $1000 Fine
 &/or
48 Hrs to 1 Yr Jail
(Restricted 1 Yr)

$800 to $1000
&/or
30 Dys to 1 Yr Jail
(Restricted 2 Yrs)

Boating Drinking & Driving
59-23-5

(BUI 4th Offense)

Felony, $2000 to $5000 Fine &/or
90 Days in Jail to 5 Years in Penitentiary

(Restricted from operating a boat for 3 years)

DUI Causing Death or Mutilation
(must serve 85% of sentence)
63-11-30

Felony, 5 to 25 Yrs in Penitentiary

Public Drunkenness
97-29-47 

Up to $100 Fine & / or 30 Days in Jail

Minor who Purchases
 Alcohol, False I.D.

67-3-70

$25 to $500 Fine and Up to 30 Days in Jail

Possession of or False Statement to Obtain Alcohol < 21
67-1-81

Up to $100 Fine and Up to $200 Fine if False Statement is Made

Sale or Giving Alcohol to Minors Under 21
67-1-81

1st Offense  
 $500 to $1000 Fine

2nd Offense
 $1000 to $2000 Fine &/or
 1 Year in Jail

Animals (cruelty to) (also cats)
97-41-1,3,11,15,16

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 6 Mo. In  Jail

Animals
(maliciously injuring livestock)
97-41-15

$1500 to $10,000 Fine 
&/or 1 to 5 Years in jail (+ restitution)

Arson
(1st degree dwelling) 
97-17-1

Felony, 5 to 20 Years Penitentiary

Arson
(1st degree public school or church)

Felony, 5 to 30 Years in Penitentiary

Arson
(2nd degree other buildings)

Felony, 1 to 10 Years in Penitentiary

Assault (simple)
(also City Judges)

 97-3-7

Up to $500 Fine &/or 6 Months in Jail + Restitution

Assault (simple) on a Police Officer
97-3-7

Felony, Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 5 Yrs in Pen.

Assault (aggravated)
(No Statute of Limitations) 97-3-7

Felony, Up to 1 Yr in Jail or Up to 20 Years in Pen.

Assault, Aggravated by Arson Related Injury
 (to officer  or EMT)
(No Statute of Limitations) 97-17-14

Felony, Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 10 Years in Pen.

Assault on Police Officer or Prosecutors (aggravated)
97-3-7

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine &/or Up to 30 Years Pen.

Assault by Threat or Point and Aiming
97-3-7 (1) (c)

Up to $500 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Assisting Suicide
97-3-49

Up to $1000 Fine &/or 1 Yr.  
&/or Felony Up to 10 Yrs Pen.

Auto Hit & Run
(involving death or disfigurement)
63-3-401

Felony, $1000 to $10,000 Fine &/or 1 to 5 Years in Pen.

Auto Insurance
(no liability insurance)
63-15-4

Up to $1000 Fine & Suspension of DL Up to 1 Year

Auto Window Tint
Lowered from 35% to 28%
(must have sticker)

63-7-59

Up to $1000 Fine
&/or Up to 3 Months in Jail

Begging – Tramps
97-35-29  

$50 Fine &/or 30 Days in Jail

Bigamy
97-29-13

Felony, Up to 10 Years Penitentiary

Bond Jumping
83-39-29

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Bond Jumper,
 Aiding and abetting
SB 2624
Laws 2005, Ch. 412, § 1, eff. July 1, 2005.
(revises section 83-39-29)

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Bribery (political candidates)
 97-11-11 

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine
 &/or Up to 10 Yrs Pen.

Bribery (athletic contest)
 97-29-17 

Felony, $100 to $1000 Fine 
&/or 6 Months to 5 Yrs Pen.

Bus, School Passing While Unloading
63-3-615

$200 to $500 Fine &/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

CHILD ABUSE
(No Statute of Limitations)

Causing a Minor to Commit a Felony (under 17)
97-1-6

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or UP to 20 Yrs Pen.

Prohibited Contact with Sexual Abuse Victim
(contacting victim to harass or intimidate)
97-5-42

Felony, Up to 5 Year in Penitentiary

Child Abandonment (under 6)
97-5-1

UP to 1 Year in Jail 
or
Felony Up to 7 Years in Pen.

Child Abuse or Battery
97-5-39
(99-1-5 no statute of limitations) 

Misdemeanor, Up to $1000 Fine 
or 1 Year in Jail

Child Abuse
(burn, torture, or serious injury)
97-5-39

Felony, Up to 20 Years in Penitentiary

Child Endangerment
(parent selling or possessing precursor chemicals with minors present)
HB 1058
2005 Miss. Laws Ch. 467 eff. July 1, 2005
 (revises section 97-5-39)

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine and/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.

Child Endangerment
(if child is substantially harmed physically, mentally, or emotionally)
HB 1058
2005 Miss. Laws Ch. 467 eff. July 1, 2005
 (revises section 97-5-39)
 

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine and/or Up to 10 Years in Pen.

Condoning Child Abuse
97-5-40

Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Contributing to 
Delinquency or Neglect
97-5-39(1) 

Misdemeanor, Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Yr Jail

Contributing to
Delinquency or Neglect
(resulting in substantial physical, mental or emotional harm)
97-5-39

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine and/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.

Desertion / non-support
of minor under 18
97-5-3

Felony, Up to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 5 Years Pen.

Desertion of minor 2nd Offense
97-5-3

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 5 Yrs Pen.

Exploitation of Minor (under 18)
97-5-31,33,35,37

Felony, $25,000 to $50,000 Fine 
&/or 2 to 20 Yrs Pen.

Exploitation of Minor 2nd Offense
(under 18)
97-5-31,33,35,37

Felony, Up to $75,000 Fine
&/or 10 to 30 Yrs Pen.

Touching Child For Lustful Purposes
(defendant 18 or above & victim under 14)  
97-5-23

Felony, $1000 to $5000 Fine
&/or  2 to 15 Years Penitentiary  

Child (selling)
43-15-23

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine 
&/or Up to 5 Years Pen.

Child, Parental Responsibility for Acts of Minors
93-13-2

Liable up to $5000 for Child
under 18 but over 10  
+ Restitution &/or Up to $500 Fine  

Intentionally Injure a Pregnant Woman(causing miscarriage or stillbirth)
97-3-37

Felony, Up to $7500 Fine 
&/or Up to 20 Years in Pen.

Intentionally Injure a Pregnant Woman
(causing great bodily harm to embryo or fetus)
97-3-37

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine 
&/or Up to 20 Years in Pen.

Intentionally Injure a Pregnant Woman (causing serious or aggravated injury to embryo or fetus)
97-3-37

Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Intentionally Injure a Pregnant Woman  
(causing physical injury to embryo or fetus)
97-3-37 

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 90 Days in Jail

Assessment for Crimes
 Against Children
(statutory rape, rape, domestic violence, molesting, exploitation, neglect)
97-3-65/97-5-1

Felony/Misdemeanor $1000 Paid to MS Children’s Trust Fund

Certain Offenses by a Minor under 18, under YOUTH COURT JURISDICTION  for Misdemeanor / Felony  
43-21-151

Can be Committed to Training School for a Period not to Exceed 20th Birthday, + Restitution &/or Up to $500 Fine

COMPUTER CRIMES

Computer Luring for Sex
(indecent materials to minors < 18)  
97-5-33 (6)

Felony, Up to $50,000 Fine &/or 2 to 20 Years in Pen.

Computer Fraud
(less $500)
97-45-3
Up to $1000 Fine and/or Up to 6 Months in Jail
Computer Fraud
(over $500)
97-45-3
Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine and/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.
Cyber stalking, harassment or threat
97-45-15
Felony, Up to $5000 Fine and/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.
Cyber stalking, harassment or threat
(2nd offense)
97-45-15
Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine and/or Up to 10 Years in Pen.
Computer threat
(to cause injury)
97-45-17
Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine and/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.
Computer Theft of Identity
97-45-19
Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine and/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.
Computer Hacking
97-45-21
Felony, Up to $5000 Fine and/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.
Transmittal of non-requested
 sexually explicit materials
97-5-31-35
Up to $1000 Fine and /or Up to 1 Year in Jail
Computer Child Sexual Exploitation (under 18)
97-5-31-35
Felony, Up to $50,000 Fine and /or 2 to 20 Years in Pen.
Computer Child Sexual Exploitation
 (2nd offense)
97-5-31-35
Felony, Up to $100,000 Fine and /or 10 to 30 Years in Pen.

Conspiracy to Commit a Felony  
97-1-1

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine 
&/or Up to 5 Yrs in Pen.

Contempt of Justice Court  
9-11-15

Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Crimes Against Persons 65 or Older
(violence / burglary)  
99-19-351

Enhance Punishment-double Confinement &/or Fine

Criminal Street Gangs
(crimes related to)  
97-44-15,17,19

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine
&/or 1 Yr. to ½ of max term of underling offense

Deer or Doe (killing)  
49-7-101,143

UP to $500 Fine
 &/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Desecration of a Human Corpse
97-29-25

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine &/or Up to 3 Years in Pen.

Destroying or Defacing Cemetery (over $300)
97-17-39

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine
 &/or 5 Years in Pen.

Destruction of Public Property
(under $300)
97-17-39

Up to $1000 Fine
 &/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Destruction of Public Property
(over $300)
97-17-39

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine
 &/or Up to 5 Years in Jail

Disorderly Conduct
 & Disturbing the Peace  
97-35-5/17

Up to $200 Fine
 &/or Up to 4 months in Jail

Disorderly Conduct on Bus  
97-35-1

Up to $500 Fine
 &/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

Disobeying a Police Officer
97-35-7

Up to $500 Fine
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Disrupting a Military Funeral
(less than 1000ft)  
97-35-51

1st Offense: Up to $500 Fine
 &/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Dog Fights
97-41-19

Felony, $1000 to $5000 Fine
&/or 1 to 3 Yrs Jail

Dog Fights (spectator)
 97-41-19

Up to $5000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Years in Jail

Dog Nuisance
 (city ordinance)
7-113

Up to $100 Fine (varies per city)

Dog Vicious
(city ordinance)
7-114

Up to $500 Fine (varies per city)

Dogs “Police” (to kill or injure)

Up to $5000 Fine &/or Up to 5 Years in Jail

Domestic Violence
97-21-113

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Drag Racing on Public Roads
63-3-1215

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Driving with Suspended License
63-1-40,57,71

From 2 Days to 6 Months Jail  
&/or $200 to$500 Fine

DRUG POSSESSION

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Marijuana
(less than 30 grams)  
 41-29-139

$100 - $250 Fine
6 Mo. Suspend D.L.

$250 & 60 day Jail  
Drug Ed. Program

Up to $500 & Up to 6 Mos. In Jail

Marijuana
(over 30 grams / less than 250 grams)

Up to 1 Yr Jail  & / or  Up to $1000 Fine  
or Felony, Up to $3000 Fine & / or Up to 3 Yrs Pen.

Schedule I,- II Drug
(less .1 gram)
41-29-113/121

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 4 Years in Pen.

Schedule I,-II Drug
(.1 gram – less 2 grams)
41-29-113/121

Felony, Up to $50,000 Fine 
&/or 2 to 8 Years in Pen.

Schedule I, II Drug
(over 2 to 10 grams)
41-29-113/121

Felony, Up to $250,000 Fine 
&/or 4 to 16 Years in Pen.

Schedule I, II Drug
(over 10 to 30 grams)
41-29-113/121

Felony, Up to $500,000 Fine 
&/or 6 to 24 Years in Pen.

Schedule III – V Drug
(less 50 grams)
41-29-113/121

Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Schedule III – V Drug
(over 50 to 150 grams)  
41-29-113/121

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or 1 to 4 Years in Pen.

Schedule III – V Drug
(150 to 300 grams)
41-29-113/121

Felony, Up to $50,000 Fine 
&/or 2 to 8 Years in Pen.

Schedule III – V Drug
(over 300 to 500 grams)
41-29-113/121

Felony, Up to $250,000 Fine 
&/or 4 to 16 Years in Pen.

Schedule III – V Drug
(over 500 grams)
41-29-113/121

Felony, Up to $500,000 Fine 
&/or 6 to 24 Years in Pen.

Drug Paraphernalia
(with drugs)
41-29-139

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Prescription Forgery
41-29-144

Felony, Up to $1000 Fine  
& / or Up to 5 Years in Pen.

SALE,  MANUFACTURE, POSSESSION
WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE, DRUGS

Marijuana (under 30 grams)
41-29-139

Felony, Up to $3,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 3 Years in Pen.

Marijuana
 (over 1oz, less than 1 Kilogram)
41-29-139

Felony, Up to $1,000,000 Fine
&/or Up to 30 Years in Pen.

Trafficking of Any 
Schedule I-V Drug  
41-29-139 (g)

Felony, $5,000 to $1,000,000 Fine
& Up to 30 Years in Pen.

Schedule I – II Drug
(methamphetamine fine doubles)
41-29-139

Felony, $5000 to $1,000,000 Fine
&/or Up to 30 Years Pen.
(if minor under 18 is present or offense is in hotel or apartment)

Schedule III – IV Drug
41-29-139

Felony, $1000 to $250,000 Fine
&/or Up to 20 Years in Pen.

Schedule V Drug
41-29-139

Felony, $1000 to $50,000 Fine
&/or Up to 10 Years in Pen.

Precursors for Manufacturing Methamphetamine
(adds ammonium nitrate, sodium hydroxide, hydrogen peroxide)
41-29-313(1)(b)

Felony, $5,000 to $1 Million Fine and/or Up to 30 Years in Pen.
(list now includes 29 precursor ingredients)

Setting a “booby trap” on property used to manufacture meth
SB2235
2005 Miss. Laws Ch. 463 eff. July 1, 2005.
(revises section 41-29-313)

May enhance up to twice the penalty for violation of statute

A SCHEDULE I  DRUG IS:

HEROIN, MARIJUANA, LSD, 
Gamma-hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB)

A SCHEDULE II DRUG IS:

CRACK, COCAINE, MORPHINE, CODEINE

A SCHEDULE III, IV, V  DRUG IS:

PRESCRIPTION DRUGS, & any drug with G-H Acid (club drugs), & Zaleplon (sonata)

IF POSSESSION OR SALE OF ANY DRUG IS WITHIN 1500 FT. OF A SCHOOL, CHURCH, PUBLIC PARK, MOVIE THEATER, ETC. COURT MAY DOUBLE THE FINE AND SENTENCE.  
41-29-142 

IF A FIREARM IS IN POSSESSION OF TIME OF A DRUG ARREST AND CONVICTION COURT MAY DOUBLE THE FINE AND THE SENTENCE.
41-29-152 

Possession of Drugs in Jail
47-5-198

Up to $25,000 Fine & / or 3 to 7 Years in Penitentiary Nonparolable

Drug Conviction for
Possession or Sale  
(Felony or Misdemeanor) New Law Passed 10-7-98

Under Student Aid Laws, 1st Conviction of Possession can not obtain any Government Student Aid, Loans or Grants for 1 Year. 2nd Conviction, 2 Yrs, 3rd Conviction, Indefinite. 1st Conviction of Sale, 2 Years, 2nd Conviction, Indefinite.

Embezzlement (under $500)
(No Statute of Limitations)
97-23-19

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months Jail

Embezzlement (over $500)
(No Statute of Limitations)
97-23-19

Felony, Up to $25,000 Fine &/or Up to 10 Years Pen.

Escape from Confinement
of Contempt of Court
97-9-49

Up to 6 Months in Jail

Escape from Jail for Misdemeanor
97-9-49

Up to 1 Year additional time in Jail

Escape from Jail for Felony
97-9-49

Up to 5 Years additional time in Penitentiary

Expired or No Driver’s Licensed
63-1-5, 41

$5.00 to $250 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Expired License Tag
27-19-31

Up to $100 Fine 
&/or 30 Days in Jail

Extortion
(amended to include “attempt”) <$250
97-3-82
 (amended to include obtaining any record, favor, or advantage for purpose of humiliating)

Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

 Extortion
(amended to include “attempt”) >$250

97-3-82
(amended to include obtaining any record, favor, or advantage for purpose of humiliating)

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 15 Years in Pen.

False Alarm (fire)
97-35-45

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

False Reporting of a Crime
97-35-47

Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

False Pretense – Bad Checks
(under $100)
 
97-19-55/67

$25 to $500 Fine 
&/or 5 Days to 6 Months Jail  (+ Restitution)

False Pretense Bad Check
2nd Offense 
(under $100)
97-19-55/67

$50 to $1000 Fine 
&/or 30 Days to 1 Year Jail  
(+ Restitution)

False Pretense – Bad Checks
(over $100)
97-19-55/67

Felony, $100 to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 3 Years in Pen
(+ Restitution)

False Pretense – Bad Checks
3rd Offense
(over $100)
97-19-55/67

Felony, 1 to 5 Years Penitentiary
(+ Restitution)

False Pretense
(under $500)

 (no statute of limitations)
97-19-39

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months Jail  (+ Restitution)

False Pretense
(over $500)
 (no statute of limitations)
97-19-39

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine &/or Up to 10 Years in Pen. (+ Rest)

Felony Conviction

A Felon can Not own a gun, vote, sit on jury or be employed in a job, which requires a State License.

Fighting or Disturbing Peace
97-35-15

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Fireworks, Selling, Giving Away
45-13-1

Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Fireworks Discharge
(city ordinance)
10-55

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 90 Days in Jail

Fleeing Pursuit / marked police car
(from misdemeanor)
97-7-73 (2)(a) 

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Fleeing Pursuit / marked police car
(from felony)
97-7-73 (2)(a)

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine &/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.

Forgery
(less than $500)
 (no statute of limitations)
97-21-33

Up to $1000 Fine and/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Forgery
(over $500)
 (no statute of limitations)
97-21-33

Felony, Up to $10,000 fine and/or 2 to 10 Years in Penitentiary

Fraud (credit card)
(less than $100)

97-19-21

1st Offense, Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Year Jail

Fraud (credit card) (less than $100)
97-19-21

2nd Offense, $100 to $1000 Fine &/or Felony, Up to 3 Years Pen.

Fraud (credit card)
(over $100)

97-19-21

1st Offense, $100 to $1000 Fine 
&/or
Felony, Up to 3 Years Pen.

Fraud (food stamp)
97-7-42

1st & 2nd Offense Misdemeanor  
$100 to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Fraud (food stamp) 3rd Offence
97-7-42

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 5 Years Pen.

Fraud with State & Federal Assisted Programs
97-19-71

Felony, $1000 to $10,000 
&/or Up to 3 Years in Pen.

Fraud - Home Repair
(under $5000)

97-23-103

Up to $5000 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Fraud - Home Repair
(over $5000, under $10,000)

97-23-103

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 10 Years in Pen  

Fraudulent Statements to Government
97-7-10, 97-33-1

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 5 Years Pen.

Fraudulent use of Identity,
Soc. Sec. / I. D. etc.

(to obtain services or something of value)
97-19-85

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine 
&/or Up to 5 Years in Pen
(+ restitution)

Gambling – General
97-33-1

Up to $500 Fine &/or Up to 90 Days in Jail

Gambling – with a Minor
97-33-21

$300 to $500 Fine &/or 3 Mos. To 90 Days in Jail

General Misdemeanors
99-19-31

Up to $1000 Fine &/or 6 Months in Jail

Handicap Parking Violation
27-19-56

$200 Minimum Fine

Hate Crimes
99-19-301/307

Any Felony or Misdemeanor Act Racially Motivated May Double the Sentence

House Arrest Program
47-5-1001

Increased Monthly Supervision Fee to $75.00

Hitchhiking (interstate)
63-3-1109

$100 to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

HUNTING AND FISHING

Implied Alcohol Test for Hunters Involved in Injury or Death
49-4-31

Revoke of Hunting Privileges for 2 to 4 Years if Test is Refused

Computer-Assisted Remote Hunting
49-7-141

$2000 to $5000 & 5 Days in Jail 
& 1 Yr Forfeiture of Privileges

Hunting Deer
(by head-lighting)
49-7-95

$2000 to $5000 &/or 5 to 15 Days in Jail 
& 3 Yr Forfeiture of Privileges

Hunting or Fishing with Revoked License
49-7-27

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or 30 Days to 6 Months in Jail

Unlawful Hunting on Preserve or Sanctuary
49-5-5

1st Offense $150 to $300 Fine &/or 10 to 30 Days in Jail  
2nd Offense $300 to $500 Fine &/or 10 to 30 Days in Jail

Killing Doe
49-7-101 (2)

$100 to $500 Fine 
&/or 60 Days to 6 Months in Jail

Baiting Wild Turkeys
49-7-101 (4)

$100 to $500 Fine 
&/or 60 Days to 6 Months in Jail

Trapping Quail, Bird, etc.
49-7-63

$100 to $500 Fine 
&/or 60 Days to 6 Months in Jail

Hunting Without a License
49-7-21

1st Offense $500 to $1000 Fine 
& 1 Year Forfeiture of Privileges  
2nd Offense $1000 to $1500 Fine 
& 30 Days Jail 3 Yr. Forfeit Priv.

Fishing Without a License
49-7-21

1st Offense for Ms Resident $25 to $100 Fine  
Non-resident $500 to $1000 Fine & 1 Year Forfeiture of Privileges

HIV
(
knowingly exposing a person to)
adds persons incarcerated
HB 1298   97-27-14

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine &/or
 Up to 3 Years in Pen.

HIV
(
unknowingly exposing a person to)
adds persons incarcerated
HB 1298   97-27-14

Up to $1,000 Fine &/or
 Up to 1 Years in Jail.

Identity Theft
(less than $250)
SB 2957   97-45-19(2)(b)

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Identity Theft
(more than $250)
SB 2957   97-45-19(2)(a)

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine &/or 2 to 15 Years in Pen.

Impersonating Certain State, County or Municipal Officers
97-7-44 

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Incest
97-29-05,27

Felony, Up to 10 years in Penitentiary

Incest
(persons divorced for incest)
97-29-29

Felony, Up to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 10 Years in Pen.

Indecent Exposure
97-29-31

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or 6 Months in Jail

Kidnapping (general)
(no statue of limitations)
97-3-53

Felony, Jury can give UP to LIFE 
or 30 Years in Pen.
 

LARCENY &/or THEFT  
(no statue of limitations)

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

  Shoplifting
(less than $5
00)
97-23-93
(reproduction or use of less than 15 counterfeit UPC labels or sales receipts, over 15 is Felony)

Up to $1,000 Fine & / or 6 Months in Jail

Up to$1000 Fine
& / or  6 Months in Jail

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine & / or 5 Years in Pen.

Shoplifting
(over $500)

97-17-41

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine  
& / or 5 Years in Pen.

Grand Larceny
(over $500)
97-17-41

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 10 Years Pen.

Petit Larceny (under $500)
97-17-43

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months Jail  (church doubles penalty)

Petit Larceny  (gas run off)
97-17-43(3)

Up to $1000 Fine &/or 6 Months in Jail
(suspend D/L 6 months)

Looting
97-17-65

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
& / or 15 Years in Pen.

Burglary of Dwelling
97-17-23

Felony, 3 to 25 Years in Penitentiary

Burglary of Church
97-17-33

Felony, Up to 14 Years in Penitentiary

Burglary of Non-Dwelling or Auto
97-17-33

Felony, Up to 7 Years in Penitentiary

Burglary with Explosives
97-17-37

Felony, 5 to 40 Years in Penitentiary

Possession of Burglar’s Tools
97-17-35

Up to 1 Year in Jail 
or
Felony Up to 5 Years in Pen.

Auto Theft (includes joyriding)
97-17-42

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine &/or
 Up to 10 Years in Penitentiary

Armed Carjacking
97-3-117

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine &/or Up to 30 Years in Pen.

Carjacking 1st Offense
97-3-113/117

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine 
&/or Up to 15 Years Pen.

Carjacking 2nd Offense
97-3-113/117

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 30 Years Pen.

Chop Shop (stolen vehicles)
63-25-5

Felony, Up to $100,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 15 Years Pen.

Robbery
97-3-73

Felony, Up to 15 Years Penitentiary

Armed Robbery
97-3-79

Felony, 3 Years 
or Up to Life NOT Eligible for Parole

Receiving Stolen Property
(less than $500)
97-17-70

Up to $1000 Fine  &/or  6 months in Jail

Receiving Stolen Property
(over $500)
97-17-70

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or 10 Years in Pen.

Removal of Store
 Anti-theft Detection Devices
 97-23-93.1

$250 to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

Stealing Dog
97-17-51

Up to $500 Fine &/or 6 Mo.  
&/or  2 Years Jail

Selling or Removing Property Subject  to a Lien from County
97-17-75

Felony, Up to $15,000 Fine and/or Up to 3 Years in Pen.

Theft of Rental Property by Fraud
(under $500)
97-17-
62

Up to $1,000 Fine and/or
Up to 6 Months in Jail

Theft of Rental Property by Fraud
(over $500)
97-17-
62

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine and/or
Up to 10 Years in Pen.

Laser Pointer at Police, Fire, or Emergency with intent to harm
SB 2597  97-35-49

Misdemeanor, Up to $1000 Fine, no imprisonment

Leaving Scene of an Accident
(with injuries)
63-3-401

$100 to $5000 Fine 
&/or 30 Days to 1 Year In Jail

LIFE Sentence

Eligible for Parole at 65, 
Minimum 10 Years Served

Littering Highway
(misdemeanor)
97-15-29
(also, dumping of wildlife on roads or private property)

$50 to $250 Fine, 
2nd Offense, Up to $500 Fine  
(+ Restitution)

Malicious Mischief
(under $500)

97-17-67

Up to $1000 Fine and/or 1 Year in Jail (+ restitution)

Malicious Mischief
(over $500)

97-17-67

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine and/or 5 Years in Pen. (+ restitution)

Malicious Mischief
to public or church property

97-17-67 

May be twice the fine or term of imprisonment

MARINE LITTER, BOATING AND WATER SAFETY

Person(s) Must Wear PFD Operating Watercraft (Jet ski)
59-21-81 

Up to $500 Fine &/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

Disposal of Marine Litter in MS State Waters (plastic/garbage)
51-2-3

Up to $500 Fine,
2nd Offense Up to $10,000 Fine

No Personal Flotation Device
(children under 12)
59-21-81

Up to $250 Fine &/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

Insufficient Number of or
  No P.F.D.’s
59-21-81

Up to $250 Fine &/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

No Running Lights
 (during darkness)
59-21-81

Up to $250 Fine &/or Up to 30 days in Jail

No Fire Extinguisher /
  No Flare Kit  
59-21-81

Up to $250 Fine &/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

Operate Vessel in Reckless Manor
59-21-83

$250 to $500 Fine &/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

Following to Closely /
 Jumping Boat Wakes  
59-21-83

$250 to $500 Fine &/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

Skiing Without an Observer
59-21-87 

Up to $250 Fine &/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

No Boating Certificate
 Born After June 30,1980  
59-21-85

$25 to $50 Fine

No Registration Numbers on Required Vessels 
59-21-5

$25 to $100 Fine

MURDER, MANSLAUGHTER, HOMICIDE
(no statute of limitations)

Manslaughter
97-3-35

$500 Fine &/or 1 Year Jail 
or
Felony, 2 to 20 Years Pen.

Manslaughter
 with Culpable Negligence

97-3-35

Felony, 2 to 20 Years in Penitentiary

Murder, Capital
(homicide)

 97-3-19/21

Felony, Death or Life Without Parole or Life

Murder, Capital
(conspiracy to commit)
97-1-1

Felony, Up to $500,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 20 Years Pen

Murder
(poisoning with intent to kill or injure)
97-3-61 

Felony, Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 10 Years Pen.

Obscene / Threatening Phone Calls / E-Mails
97-29-45

Up to $500 Fine &/or 6 Mo. 3rd Offense Felony, Up to 2 Years in Pen.

Obscene Material in Public Area
(adds auto viewing screen)
97-5-5-29
$500.00 to $5000 Fine and/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Obstructing of Justice
97-9-55

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or 1 Mo. Jail to 2 Years Pen.

Obstruction of Justice
(to hinder prosecution, bribe, or intimidate witness or juror)

97-9-
101 thru 129

Class 1 Felony Up to $5000 Fine
&/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.

Class 2
Felony Up to $3000 Fine
&/or Up to 2 Years in Pen.

Obstructing Public Streets
97-35-25

Up to $500 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Perjury
97-9-59,61,63

Felony, During Trial Up to 10 Years Penitentiary

Profanity in Public Place
97-29-47

Up to $100 Fine
&/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

Prostitution
97-29-49,51,53

Up to $200 Fine
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

R/R Right-of-way,
(attempting to; board, deface property, dump garbage on right-of-way)  
97-25-4

$50 to $250 Fine
&/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

R/R (failure to stop or running gate at R/R crossing)
77-9-249

$250 to $500 Fine
&/or Up to 30 Days in Jail

Rape 
(assault with intent to ravish female)
(no statute of limitations on rape)

97-3-65

Felony, Up to Life

Rape, Statutory
(defendant 18-21/ victim 14-16)
(redefines to include "any object")
97-3-65

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine 
&/or Up to 5 Year in Pen.

Rape, Statutory
(defendant 18 or older / victim < 14)
(redefines to include "any object")
97-3-65

Felony, Up to 20 Years in Pen. Or Life

Resisting Arrest
97-9-73

Up to $500 Fine
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

REWARD
for Turning in Anyone who is Convicted of a Crime

99-3-39

Up to $15,000 Reward
Offered by Cities and Counties

SCHOOL LAWS

School Attendance Law
(neglect of minor)
37-13-91

Misdemeanor, Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Year Jail

Student poss. controlled substance, weapon, or violent act on school property

Mandatory Expulsion for one Calendar Year

Student damaging school property

Suspension or Expulsion & Liability on Parent or Custodian

Student intimidation, threatening or coercion for purpose of interfering with attendance of classes

Up to $500 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Student Abusing Superintendent, principal, teacher, or bus driver

$10 to $50 Fine

Individual disturbing public school sessions or meetings

$10 to $50 Fine

Seat Belt Law
For Persons in the Front Seat
(Primary Offense)
63-2-
7

Up to $25 per person

Sex Between Teacher and Pupil
97-29-3

Up to $500 Fine &/or 3 to 6 Months in Jail (for each offense)

Sexual Battery
(no statute of limitations)
97-3-95

1st Offense Up to 30 Yrs. 
2nd Offense Up to 40 Yrs.

Sex or Sexual Battery
with Vulnerable Adult

43-47-18

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine
&/or 2 to 15 Years in Pen.

Sexually Oriented Materials
(under 18)

97-5-27

$500 to $5000 Fine
&/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Sex Offender & Employment
(may not own, operate, volunteer, or be employed by child care service)
43-15-303
Up to $25,000 Fine
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail
Sex Offender & School Property
(not allowed within 500 feet)
45-33-26
Up to $1,000 Fine
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail
Sex Offender Registration
 - Jessica's Law
(Sex offenders may not live within 1500 ft. of school or day care)
99-19-84
Felony, Up to $5000 Fine
&/or Up to 5 Years in
Pen.

Soliciting Without a Permit
5-113

Up to $500 Fine
&/or Up to 90 Days in Jail

Stalking 1st Offense
97-3-107

Up to $1000 Fine
&/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Stalking 2nd Offense
(same victim)
97-3-107

Felony, Up to $2000 Fine 
&/or Up to 3 Years Pen.

Stalking (by sex offender)
97-3-107

Felony, Up to $3000 Fine 
&/or Up to 2 Years in Jail

STATE ASSESSMENT NEW SCHEDULE INCREASES

Traffic Violations $69.50
Game and Fishing Violations $74.00
DUI
(felony or misdemeanor)
$199.50
Other Misdemeanors $88.00
All Felonies
(except DUI)
$166.50

Statues of Limitations
99-1-5

Generally 2 Years

Still (unlawful possession of)
97-31-23

Felony, 1 to 3 Yrs, 
2nd Offense 5 to 10 Years Pen.

Terrorism
(import harmful biological substances)
97-27-11

Felony, Up to $100,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 20 Years in Pen.

Terrorist Hoax
(exposure to false biological substances)
97-27-12

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 5 Years in Pen.

Use of Tobacco Products by Adults
(On Certain Educational Properties)
97-32-25

1st Offense
Warning

2nd Offense
$75 Fine

3rd Offense
$150 Fine

Sale or gift of Tobacco or Cigarette Rolling Papers to a minor under 18
97-32-5

1st Offense
Up to $50 Fine

2nd Offense
Up to $75 Fine

3rd Offense
Up to $150 Fine

Tobacco
(misrepresentation of age)
97-32-13

$25 to $200 Fine 30 Days CS

Possession Of Tobacco
(under 18)
7-142

1st Offense

$74 Fine &/or

30 hrs CS

2nd Offense

Up to $100 Fine &/or T.E.Program

3rd Offense

$99 Fine &/or CS

30 hrs CS

Threat, Intimidation by Letter
97-3-85 

Up to $500 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months Jail

General Traffic Violations
(on record for 3 yrs)
(speeding, running stop sign or red light, reckless driving, improper passing or turning, or failure to yield, no helmet)

1st Offense Up to $100 Fine or 10 Days in Jail

2nd Offense Up to $200 Fine or 20 Days in Jail

3rd Offense Up to $500 Fine &/or 6 Mo. Jail

Trafficking People
(Forced Labor/Sexual Servitude)

45-33-23

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine
&/or Up to 30 Years in Pen.

Trespassing
97-17-87

Up to $500 Fine &/or Up to 6 Months in Jail
 (fine doubles at airport)

Trespassing at Airport
97-17-87

Up to $1000 Fine &/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Unnatural Intercourse (sodomy)
97-29-59

Felony, Up to 10 Years in Penitentiary NO Parole

Voyeurism (peeping Tom)
97-29-61

Felony, Up to 5 Years in Pen.

Vulnerable Adults Act
(under $250)
43-47-5 & 19

Up to $5000 Fine &/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Vulnerable Adults Act
(over $250)
(abuse, neglect or exploited)

43-47-5 & 19

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine &/or Up to 10 Years in Pen.

WEAPONS

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Concealed Pistol, Knife, Rifle or Shotgun
97-37-1,5,7

$100 to $500 Fine
& / or 6 months in Jail

$100 to $500 Fine  
& / or 30 Days to 6 Months in Jail

Felony  
1 to 5 Years in Penitentiary

Bomb Threat
(false report of placing explosives)
97-37-21

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine 
&/or Up to 10 Years in Pen.

Convicted Felon in Possession of Weapon
97-37-5

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine 
&/or Up to 10 Years in Pen.

Discharging a Firearm
(City Ordinance)
7-17

Up to $500 &/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Displaying or Using Firearm in Felony
SB 2579  
97-37-37

5 Years added to sentence
(cannot be reduced or suspended)

Convicted Felon
Using Firearm in Felony

97-37-
37

Felony, Mandatory Additional 10 Years (cannot be suspended)

Exhibiting Deadly Weapon, Threatening Manner  
97-37-19

Up to $500 Fine & / or 3 Months in Jail

Gift of Deadly weapon to Minor
 (under 18)  

97-37-13

Misdemeanor, Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Possession of Deadly Weapons on School Property
(Gun, Rifle, Pistol, Bomb, etc)
97-37-17(2)

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine
&/or Up to 3 Years in Pen.

Possession of Weapon on School Property
(BB Gun, Knife, Brass Knuckles, etc)
97-37-17(4) 

Misdemeanor, Up to $1000 Fine 
&/or Up to 6 Months in Jail

Shooting in Dwelling
97-37-29

Felony, Up to $5000 Fine
&/or Up to 10 Years in Pen.

Drive-By Shooting or Bombing
97-3-109

Felony, Up to $10,000 Fine &/or 30 Years Penitentiary NOT Eligible for Parol

Highway Shootings at Lights, Signs Etc  
97-15-13

$100 to $500 Fine or Up to 30 Days in Jail

             

Federal Law Title 18 USC Section 922 (x)

Sale of Hand Gun to Juvenile
(under 18)

Federal Law, Shall be Fined &/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

Sale or Gift of Hand Gun to Juvenile Knowing Juvenile Intended to use Hand Gun in Crime of Violence

Federal Law, Shall be Fined
&/or Up to 10 Years Pen.

Juvenile under 18 in Possession of Hand Gun
(with exceptions)

Federal Law, Shall be Fined &/or Up to 1 Year in Jail

 

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All information Obtained From:
District Attorney Cono Caranna, Chief Weatherford Gulfport Police Department, Harrison County Sheriff George Payne, Congressman Gene Taylor, District Attorney G. Gilmore Martin
and is intended for educational purposes only.

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