In a shocking revelation from a Middle Tennessee courtroom, a renowned criminal defense attorney, Jocelyn Mims, was indicted by a grand jury last week. The charges against Mims were severe, including falsifying reports to the police, tampering with evidence, and deliberately failing to report child sexual abuse. The charges stemmed from her allegedly erasing explicit child pornography from her client’s mobile phone.
The Hendersonville police department confirmed that Mims was arrested and is currently residing in Sumner County Jail with a bond set at $80,000. The client, whose identity remains confidential, is also facing several serious felony child abuse charges. The client had initially engaged Mims as their attorney in 2021.
However, this isn’t the first time Mims has found herself on the wrong side of the law. The Tennessean reported that she was previously disbarred after pleading guilty in 2008 to a charge of drug smuggling. According to the arrest report from this incident, Mims had attempted to bring Xanax and marijuana into the Gallatin jail for an inmate with whom she was romantically involved.
Vanderbilt Law School alumna Mims, who was certified by the Tennessee Bar Association in 2004, found herself on the wrong side of the law, as reported by The Tennessean. After a hiatus, Mims sought and successfully achieved the reinstatement of her license in May 2016, a decision ratified by the Supreme Court of Tennessee a year later in July 2017.
However, recent events have landed Mims in the Sumner County Jail. As of Friday, law enforcement authorities disclosed her confinement, with bail pegged at a steep $80,000. The legal saga involving Mims, a professional lawyer, is set to unfold further when she presents herself before the Sumner County Criminal Court on the 17th of November.
After a long hiatus, Mims reinstated her legal practicing license in 2017, marking her return to the legal field. However, this recent indictment raises serious questions about her professional conduct and ethics.