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Can You Go to Jail for Failing to Pay Rent?

Arkansas is the only state in the country that still has a criminal eviction statute. The law, passed in 1901, permits landlords to file criminal complaints against tenants who have not paid their rent. If you are even one day late with your rent, the landlord can serve a notice on you demanding you vacate Read More

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When Can You Be Charged with Assault and Battery?

“Assault and battery” is a term commonly used to describe a criminal physical attack. However, assault and battery are treated as two distinct crimes in Arkansas. An assault is an intentional act that puts the victim in fear of imminent physical harm. This must be more than a verbal threat; there must be a physical Read More

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What Civil Rights and Privileges Do You Lose in Arkansas if Convicted of a Crime?

The consequences of a conviction — even for a crime you might think of as minor — are real and sometimes surprising. For example, you can be charged with a minor criminal offense for keeping your library books too long in Arkansas, but if you have enough valuable library books overdue at the same time, Read More

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What Happens if You Are Arrested for Marijuana Possession in Arkansas?

Like it or not, possession of marijuana is still illegal in Arkansas and there are substantial penalties, depending on whether you were holding the drug for personal use or for resale and whether you have a prior record. On the lowest end, possession of four ounces or less of marijuana is a misdemeanor, which can Read More

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What Are Your Options for Relief After a Conviction or Guilty Plea?

Countless people have been processed through the criminal justice system without any true chance or ability to mount a meaningful defense. They may take the offer on the table and plead guilty because they need to move forward. Maybe they can’t afford to miss more work. Maybe they can’t afford a better attorney. Some people Read More

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What Should You Do If You Are Accused of Domestic Violence?

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you are not alone. Ask any criminal defense or family law attorney and they will tell you an uncomfortable truth: there is a high incidence of accusations of domestic violence, many of them false. Here are some tips on ensuring that you get a fair and effective Read More

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How Federal Sentencing Guidelines Work

There is an old saying, “make a federal case out of it,” which means to exaggerate the importance of a dispute. Its origin is the fact that in federal criminal cases, punishment is typically severe. However, there are controls in place designed to ensure fairness and uniformity in sentencing for federal crimes. Penalties in federal Read More

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Exercising Your Right to Remain Silent During a Criminal Investigation or Arrest

When you’re being interrogated by police, you are under stress and several thoughts may fly into your head, such as, “If I cooperate, maybe I can get out of here sooner or the cops will realize that I did nothing wrong.” Or maybe you are persuaded by police officers’ assurances that “if you work with Read More

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How Can Someone Be Punished if They Violate a COVID-19 Stay at Home Order?

Across the country, stay-at-home orders have strained law enforcement and tested how far states and municipalities are willing to go to enforce the orders. These directives have triggered controversy and confusion, as standards sometimes differ from town to town or county to county. In certain instances, people who have violated government edicts designed to reduce Read More

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What Happens if You Host a Gathering While in Quarantine?

Along with the serious health risks associated with coronavirus, Americans are burdened by quarantine orders and similar directives that forbid them from seeing their loved ones, even for major events such as holidays and birthdays. It can be tempting to try to break the rules, especially for people who believe that they don’t fall into Read More

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