Jackson Criminal Defense Lawyers

In any legal system when someone is charged with a criminal offense the defendant is going to need a criminal defense attorney. There are various stages and various processes for which a defendant needs an attorney.

The stages include:  the initial investigation, the arrest, being charged, getting bail, pre-trial preparation, and if it goes all the way, the trial itself. The defendant should insist on having access to an attorney at each of these stages. Furthermore, being arrested and charged with a criminal offense is a traumatic and emotional experience.

The penalties for violating federal or Mississippi state laws could be severe and could include imprisonment (possibly for years or even life), fines, loss of a license or community service, or even in capital crimes in Mississippi the death sentence.

In addition the accused faces public humiliation, and in certain types of crimes such as sex crimes or murder, the potential to be shunned by family members and co-workers, and to receive a great deal of media coverage.

Going it alone in the hope that you will help to persuade the police to drop charges is not really an option. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney from the very start of an investigation, before you are even charged, to guide you on what to say and what not to say, so that you don’t damage your case through incautious talk. Read More

About Us

Andy Sumrall Criminal LawyerWilliam Andy Sumrall is a 1971 graduate of Mississippi College with a degree in Business.  He graduated Jackson School of Law (now Mississippi College) in 1975 with his Juris Doctorate.  He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in March of 1976.  Mr. Sumrall is admitted in the State of Mississippi, the United States District Courts of Northern Mississippi, Southern Mississippi, and the Western District of Arkansas.

In addition, he is admitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals as well as the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has also been admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Sumrall has been practicing law for over 35 years focusing mainly in the field of criminal defense.  He as successfully handled criminal cases in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Colorado, California, and Oregon.

He became Senior Partner of Sumrall & Welch in 2016.

Thomas Welch Jr. Criminal Lawyer

Thomas P. Welch, Jr. is a 1999 graduate of the University of Mississippi with degrees in English and History.  He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi Law School in 2002 and was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in September of 2002.

He was admitted to the United States District Courts of both the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi as well as the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2002.  He was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 2008. Mr. Welch has been practicing law since 2002 focusing mainly in the field of criminal law.Criminal Lawyer

He spent three years in the general practice of law in which he handled several felony trials in addition to, hundreds of other criminal cases.  He left private practice in 2005 in order to become a Senior Attorney for the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (MBN).  In his four years with MBN, he handled hundreds of forfeiture cases for the State of Mississippi as well as wiretap investigations and assisted on numerous search warrants.  In 2007, he was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General in which he handled prosecutions of drug offenses. He left MBN in 2009 and has been practicing criminal defense since then.

He became a partner in Sumrall & Welch in 2016.