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Hattiesburg Officer Receives Award for DUI Arrests

Posted by Vic Carmody | Sep 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Police Officer Jason Jarvis of the Hattiesburg Police Department just received an award from the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.  Officer Jarvis had 23 arrests for DUI in a two week period in 2015 and also had the most arrests in the state of Mississippi at 353.  He has been with HPD for about two years.  Officer Jarvis stated that the he takes pride in that fact that he gets impaired drivers off the road.

(see http://www.wdam.com/story/32799454/hpd-dui-officer-receives-awards)

While the pursuit to take impaired drivers off the roads is a noble one, the problem lies in the fact that all the recognition for officers and monetary grants to officers and departments are tied to arrests only.  Whether or not the person is actually found guilty plays no part.  This incentives officers to simply arrest as many people for DUI as possible because they receive their recognition and rewards regardless of what happens at court.  For those people who are actually innocent, the monetary costs, embarrassment and possible job loss they face is a unfair price to pay simply because an officer might be padding his stats so he can get the next award.

If we as a society required these types of awards and compensation to be tied to convictions as opposed to arrests, we force officers to be more diligent in their work and hopefully protect those who are truly innocent from another bureaucratic injustice.

James Robert Ferguson

Attorney at Law

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Victor Carmody was employed by the Jackson Police Department as a police lieutenant from 1973-1980. With attorney Vic Carmody you get the best defense from knowing both sides of Mississippi driving under the influence (DUI / ms dui) law. Vic Carmody is an original Founding Regent and served as Dean of the National College for DUI Defense 2001-2002. He currently serves as a Fellow of the college and is active as an instructor during the summer trial college at Harvard Law School. Vic Carmody is the only attorney in the state who is board certified by the National College of DUI Defense. He is also the only attorney in the state who owns the Intoxilyzer® 8000 machine and possesses a DOT permit to operate the Intoxilyzer® 8000. He is the author Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence, 1st and 2nd editions, Mississippi DUI: Law & Practice, and the Mississippi Criminal Trial Practice Forms manual, part of Thomson West's "Mississippi Practice Series." Additionally, The DUI Book: Mississippi Edition, written by Victor Carmody and co-authored with Atlanta attorney William C. Head, is in the process of publication. Vic is the attorney who wrote the books on DUI defense in Mississippi! Vic Carmody has handled and tried DUI cases in 8 States and has presented DUI seminars in 15 states and 4 foreign countries. Mr. Carmody is considered by many as the best DUI attorney in the state. He was recently selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Mississippi by The American Trial Lawyers Association. Vic currently serves as DUI chairman for continuing education seminars for the University of Mississippi. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and he was recently selected as a Super Lawyer in DUI and criminal defense by the prestigious Super Lawyers organization. Vic is admitted to practice in all state courts in Mississippi, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Missisisppi, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Come see us in Flowood, at 781 Liberty Road, across from the Atmos Energy building.

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