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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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How are drugs classified for alleged drug crimes?

There is no question that Arkansas residents have benefitted from the advancements that drug companies have made over the decades. Formerly incurable diseases now have remedies thanks to modern medicine, and conditions that were once considered untreatable may be managed with prescription medications that individuals can get from their local pharmacies. However, just because a Read More

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When does an officer have probable cause to seize alleged drugs?

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution serves as a protection to individuals who have been or may be subject to searches by law enforcement officials. The amendment prohibits unreasonable searches, and, over time, legislation has been enacted to attempt to codify what is and what is not unreasonable regarding the actions police officers Read More

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The elements of a credit card fraud charge

Practically every adult in Arkansas has at least one credit card. While some may prefer to pay for their purchases with cash or to use debit cards to track their spending, most online retailers require shoppers to use credit devices to make their purchases. A credit card allows a person to spend money on their Read More

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What is drug paraphernalia?

Many of the posts on this Arkansas-based criminal defense blog focus on the severe and life-altering criminal charges that individuals can face when they are found to be in the possession of drugs. Whether they are found to simply have drugs or are charged with selling or distributing them, an individual’s life can change quickly Read More

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