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Law Firm OverviewThe Law Office of M. Devin Whitt PLLC is a family law, criminal defense, and personal injury firm located Ridgeland (Jackson), Mississippi and serves clients throughout the tri-county region of Madison, Hinds, and Rankin Counties.
The firmís practice areas encompass divorce, child custody and support, property division and equitable distribution, modification and contempt actions, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, guardianships, adoptions, termination of parental rights, and paternity; criminal law defense for DUI and traffic violations, assault and battery, burglary and theft, juvenile crimes, drug charges, and white collar crimes; personal injury representation for vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, workersí compensation, Social Security Disability, and wrongful death.
Attorney M. Devin Whitt has been practicing law for more than 15 years and has tried cases across the State of Mississippi for a variety of clients. He strives to help clients meet their legal objectives while aggressively advocating to protect their rights and interests to the limit of the law.
Year this Office was Established: 2005
Languages: English, Spanish
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Property Rights; Property Division; Equitable Distribution; Postnuptial Agreements; Modification Actions; Separate Maintenance Actions; Contempt Actions; Termination of Parental Rights; Vandalism; Child Molestation; Trespassing; Traffic Crimes; Probation Violation; Assault With A Deadly Weapon; Larceny; Swimming Pool Accidents; Dog Bites; 18-Wheeler Accidents; Police Misconduct; Child Injury; Misdemeanors.
Areas of Law Description
- Family Law
An experienced family law attorney can help you sort through the difficult decisions you must make and help protect you, as well as the best interests of your children, throughout the divorce process. Whether you are getting divorced or seeking custody of a child, the assistance of an experienced lawyer is crucial to finding a favorable resolution to your specific situation.
After the court identifies and distributes marital assets, it will determine the need for alimony. In the event that both parties have sufficient earning capacity or the property division is sufficient to keep the parties from becoming destitute, the alimony award is less likely.
* Child Custody
Child custody is the most litigious aspect of family law proceedings in Mississippi. Chancellors in Mississippi have authority to award custody of minor children in a variety of actions including initial divorce cases and in custody actions between unmarried parents and third parties.
* Child Support
In determining the appropriate amount of child support, the court first identifies a payerís gross income from all sources. As in most other jurisdictions, income from overtime and second jobs will be included in gross income in Mississippi if the work remains consistent and predictable.
Visitation is the time a child spends with a noncustodial parent. In Mississippi, a noncustodial parent has a right to continued significant contact with his or her child under circumstances that foster a close relationship. The courtís primary concern when determining how much visitation is proper balancing the best interests of the child coupled with the rights of the noncustodial parent.
Divorce can be one of the most painful and stressful experiences a person goes through in life. Many important decisions must be made in a short period of time that has the potential to impact the rest of your life, as well as the lives of your children.
- Criminal Law
Facing criminal charges can be a frightening and confusing experience. With so many potential consequences and a lasting impact on your future on the line, turning to an experienced lawyer for assistance combating the charges can be a vital step in limiting the damage caused by a conviction.
Facing DUI charges in Mississippi can be a challenging and frightening experience. DUI offenders face mandatory license suspension, possible jail time, community service, drug and alcohol education programs, and steep fines. The social and personal consequences of a DUI can also greatly impact your life as you must deal with the increased insurance premiums, limited career options, and social stigma that are associated with a DUI conviction.
The arrest and conviction of a crime has a continuing negative effect on an individualís record. For instance, employers and professional schools (i.e. medical, legal, accounting and nursing) all make decisions on whether to hire or admit a candidate, in part or in whole, on the basis of their criminal history.
- Personal Injury
Determining how your financial obligations will be addressed after sustaining a serious injury can be a frightening and confusing task. If your injury occurred as a direct result of another individual's actions, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your losses, including any medical bills, lost wages, car repair and pain and suffering experienced as a result of your injury.
Mr. M. Devin Whitt
Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law, Personal Injury
- Mississippi State Bar
- Hinds County Bar Association
- Rankin County Bar Association
- Madison County Bar Association
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