Lance Mixon

Lance
  • Lance O. Mixon is one of Mississippi's preeminent attorneys whose practice focuses on criminal defense and driving under the influence (DUI) litigation. He is a graduate of The Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. Lance received his Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law, is admitted to practice in all Mississippi state courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His practice consists of both the trial and appellate litigation of DUI and criminal cases, and he has handled matters across Mississippi in numerous municipal, justice, county, and circuit courts, spanning sixty-four (64) counties as of mid-2011.  Lance has also represented a client in a criminal case on a pro hac vice basis in Alabama.  He has handled appeals in the Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.  Lance's reported cases include Gilpatrick v. State of Mississippi, 991 So. 2d 130 (Miss. 2008), which was decided by the Supreme Court of Mississippi, and Deeds v. State of Mississippi, — U.S. —, 131 S.Ct. 150, 178 L.Ed. 2d. 37 (2010), which eventually made its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C..
  • While in law school, Lance was a law clerk for his mentor, nationally renowned DUI defense attorney Victor W. Carmody, and is now an associate of the Carmody Law Office, based in Flowood.  He is a proud member of the prestigious National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), in which he has attended the annual summer session at Harvard Law School.  Lance is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL).  Lance has attended numerous conferences and seminars about the defense of DUI cases across the United States, and he regularly instructs at seminars in Mississippi on topics such as field sobriety tests and DUI case law. Lance has received advanced training related to the Intoxilyzer® 8000 breath testing machine, and is also certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Attorneys from around the state routinely contact him for advice and insight on DUI law, procedures, and strategies in representing citizens accused of DUI.

  • Lance's expertise in DUI law and criminal defense also extends to his writing abilities.  He is a co-author of Mississippi DUI: Law and Practice, a publication of Thomson-West, Understanding DUI Scientific Evidence, 2010 Edition, by Aspatore Publishing Company, and Mississippi Criminal Trial Practice Forms by Thomson-West.
  • Most of Lance's clients who are charged with DUI stand to lose a great deal:  driver's license, job, career promotions and progress, academic opportunities, clean record, and reputation in the community.  These are things that are in addition to the mandatory sentencing laws which courts are required to impose, which consist of, among other things, jail, fines and court costs, attendance at alcohol safety education classes, etc..  Not only that, a criminal conviction for DUI in Mississippi will result in a permanent conviction which can NEVER be expunged from one's criminal record.  The long-felt ripple effect of a DUI conviction all-too-often results in loss of employment or modification of employment, adjustments in vehicle insurance (which includes MANDATORY SR-22 high-risk insurance in order to reinstate the driver's license), and a negative social and professional stigma.  Groups such as M.A.D.D. have contributed to a widespread belief that a DUI offender is necessarily an alcoholic, a deadbeat, a potential killer (in an alcohol-related car accident).  Lance knows and understands that this is far from the truth.  The overwhelming majority of his clients are first-time offenders who have never been in trouble before, much less charged with a crime.  However, Lance also represents subsequent offenders and those charged with felony DUI involving injuries or deaths.
  • Lance has represented clients ranging from nearly all walks of life:  construction workers; truck drivers; military officers; college students; SEC student-athletes; law students; medical students; nurses; pharmacists; business owners; doctors; and other attorneys, just to name a few.  He firmly believes that DUI law and procedure is at the forefront of the erosion of many constitutional rights in the criminal justice system:  the presumption of innocence; the 4th Amendment protections which encompasses traffic stops, searches and seizures; the 5th Amendment right to silence and against self-incrimination; the 6th Amendment right to a lawyer; and the basic, fundamental due process rights to fairness in criminal proceedings, among other things.
  • The crime of DUI, however, is a crime of opinion.  Most often, a law enforcement officer will make an arrest based on less-than-compelling, inconclusive evidence.  It is rare that the officer will interview a single witness regarding the alcohol or drug consumption of a suspect, even if that witness is seated in the passenger's seat of the suspect's vehicle.  The officer forms an opinion that a driver is “under the influence” based on ambiguous evidence such as bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, smell of alcoholic beverages, performance of field sobriety exercises (if any), and the manner of driving which led to the traffic stop.  Most often, the officer will attempt to verify his or her opinion with a chemical test of the driver's breath (most common), blood, or urine.  The testing devices for these things have numerous flaws, and the procedures and methods in which the driver is tested can sometimes produce erroneous results.
  • Very few things are as professionally satisfying to Lance as having successfully defended citizens whose cases many other lawyers thought were unwinnable.  Described by his colleagues in the legal profession as intense and tenacious, Lance's personal life experiences, his values, and willpower in the pursuit of justice has molded him into an inspired and relentless trial lawyer.  On one occasion, an assistant district attorney, who was attempting to dissuade a witness from testifying against one of Lance's clients, referred to him as “a shark” who would “sink his teeth” into her if she took the witness stand.  His client avoided a possible forty-five (45) year prison sentence.  He credits his involvement with the National College for DUI Defense (NCDD), where he has been in attendance at the summer session at the Harvard Law School, for much of his success in these complex endeavors.  Lance's trial skills, trial performances, knowledge of criminal trial practice, accomplishments and professional principles helped earn his selection by The National Trial Lawyers as one of Mississippi's Top 100 trial lawyers.
  • While the majority of Lance's cases involve DUI, he has also handled criminal cases including, but not limited to:  assault; malicious mischief; manslaughter; money laundering; murder; possession of cocaine; possession of controlled substances; possession of marijuana; retaliation against public officials; shoplifting; solicitation of prostitution; and trespassing.
  • In addition to his activities related to zealously defending his clients, Lance is proud to be involved in community activities such as participating in the Mississippi Bar's program, “A Lawyer in Every Classroom.”  Sponsored by the Young Lawyer's Division of the Mississippi Bar, he has visited local schools and discussed topics such as legal education, the process of law school, and how to become a lawyer.  Lance routinely speaks to college students on campuses across the state about responsible drinking habits, the consequences of drinking and driving, DUI laws, and the laws related to the responsible serving of alcohol by restaurant and bar servers.
  • He has also served as a judge in Mississippi's Statewide High School Mock Trial Championships, held at the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson.  Lance takes great pride in mentoring our young people, especially those who aspire to gravitate into the greatest and most honorable profession:  the law.  Very few things are as personally satisfying to him as inspiring and motivating students to be successful in all aspects of life.
  • To Lance, the profession of law is not merely a job, or even a career.  It is a way of life that has enabled him to harness the best qualities of the human mind, body, and spirit, the essence of which includes giving help to others when the need arises and maximizing life's fullest potential in doing so.  In addition to practicing law, Lance enjoys sports, physical fitness activities and athletic training, politics, the outdoors, traveling, music, reading, writing, the studies of mythology and philosophy, and so many other things that would transform this biography into a book if we tried to list them all!!!

Continuing Legal Education (CLE), courses completed:

Intoxilyzer 8000 vs. Intoxilyzer 5000:  What Tennessee Knows That the Rest of Us Do Not (April 5, 2005; Jackson, MS);  DUI Defenders Seminar, sponsored by the University of Mississippi CLE Outreach Program (October 28, 2005; Jackson, MS);  Intoxilyzer 8000 Operator's Course (December 16-17, 2005; Tunica, MS);  Top Gun DWI, by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (August 18, 2006; Houston, TX);  Intoxilyzer 8000 Refresher Course (September 14-16, 2006; New Orleans, LA); DUI Defenders Seminar, sponsored by the University of Mississippi CLE Outreach Program (October 27, 2006; Jackson, MS);  Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, co-sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National College for DUI Defense (April 19-21, 2007; Dallas, TX);  Strategies in DUI Defense, by Lorman Education Services, Inc. (April 24, 2007; Jackson, MS);  Practice in Mississippi Appellate Courts, by the Mississippi College School of Law CLE Program (May 18, 2007; Jackson, MS);  National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration (NHTSA) DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests course, by Tony Corroto Enterprises (June 22-24, 2007; Detroit, MI);  The Practical Aspects of Defending DUI & Traffic Cases, by SBI Seminars (July 13, 2007; Jackson, MS);  Intoxilyzer 8000 Refresher Course (September 13-15, 2007; New Orleans, LA);  National College for DUI Defense Summer Session (July 17-19, 2008; Harvard Law School);  Intoxilyzer 8000 Refresher Course (February 26-28, 2009; New Orleans, LA);  Mastering Scientific Evidence in DUI/DWI Cases, co-sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and the National College for DUI Defense (April 16-18, 2009; New Orleans, LA);  Intoxilyzer 8000 Refresher Course (February 18-20, 2010; New Orleans, LA);  National College for DUI Defense Summer Session (July 29-31, 2010; Harvard Law School);  Forensic Evidence in DUI and Traffic Homicide Cases, sponsored by the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (October 8, 2010; Biloxi, MS).

Continuing Legal Education (CLE), and other courses, instructed, spoke, and assisted with:

Municipal Court Judges Convention, by the Mississippi Judicial College (June 13, 2007; Philadelphia, MS);  Justice Court Judges Convention, by the Mississippi Judicial College (July 9, 2007; Biloxi, MS);  Strategies in Defending DUI Cases in Mississippi, by Lorman Education Services, Inc. (April 24, 2008; Jackson, MS);  University of Southern Mississippi, College of Business, Department of Casino, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Beverage Management Class, guest speaker to more than one-hundred fifty students on the topics of responsible drinking, responsible serving of alcohol, and consequences of DUI (October 22, 2009; Hattiesburg, MS);  DUI Defenders Seminar, by the University of Mississippi CLE Outreach Program, instructed more than seventy other lawyers on the topics of recent DUI case law and legislative issues  (October 30, 2009; Jackson, MS);  DUI Facts & Findings, Mississippi College School of Law CLE Event, taught segment titled, DUI “Tests:”  Real Science or Junk Science? (October 15, 2010; Jackson, MS);  DUI Defenders Seminar, by the University of Mississippi CLE Outreach Program, instructed more than forty other lawyers on the topics of recent DUI case law and legislative issues (October 29, 2010; Ridgeland, MS);  University of Southern Mississippi, College of Business, Department of Casino, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Beverage Management Class, guest speaker to more than one-hundred fifty students on the topics of responsible drinking, responsible serving of alcohol, and consequences of DUI  (November 16, 2010; Hattiesburg, MS); Mississippi State University, Pre-Law Society, presentation on DUI and Criminal Defense, and the role of the Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Judicial Process (March 24, 2011; Starkville, MS); University of Southern Mississippi, College of Business, Department of Casino, Hospitality & Tourism Management, Beverage Management Class, guest speaker to more than one-hundred twenty students on the topics of responsible drinking, responsible serving of alcohol, and consequences of DUI (April 21, 2011); Criminal Law:  New & Now, Mississippi College School of Law CLE Event, spoke during segment titled, “DUI Law:  New & Now” (June 24, 2011).

Education:

Bar Admissions:

  • Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Memberships:

Past Memberships:

  • Phi Alpha Delta – International Legal Fraternity
  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon – National Criminal Justice Assocation
  • Southern Criminal Justice Association
  • Alpha Phi Sigma – National Criminal Justice Honor Society

Recommendations

  • Above and Beyond

    I feel Mr. Mixon went above and beyond his duties. Thanks!
  • Aspiring

    As a recent law school graduate I can tell anyone facing criminal charges, Lance [Mixon] personifies the type of attorney every law student should aspire to become. You should hire him and do everything he advises you to do, if you follow his advice, you will receive the most favorable legal out...
  • Felt at Ease

    From the first phone conversation until the last day in court, Lance Mixon has always made me feel at ease. I knew I was in good hands. I will gladly recommend him and this law firm to anyone in need of a good attorney. Thanks again for all his hard work and of course to the great staff.
  • Great Job

    Lance did a great job!
  • Above and Beyond

    I feel Mr. Mixon went above and beyond his duties. Thanks!
  • Second to None

    Lance’s knowledge of the DUI laws are second to none! Again, thanks so much…
  • Aspiring

    As a recent law school graduate I can tell anyone facing criminal charges, Lance [Mixon] personifies the type of attorney every law student should aspire to become. You should hire him and do everything he advises you to do, if you follow his advice, you will receive the most favorable legal out...
  • Knowledgeable and Competent

    Mr. Mixon is kind, understanding, knowledgeable and competent. I am pleased with the service he provided and will refer others if I have the opportunity.

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