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Probation Violations and How to Prevent Them

If you are about to be placed on probation, you need to realize that your life is about to change. You will have to conduct your life with the understanding that your probation officer holds a great deal of power over you and your future. While on probation, you are subject to conditions and restrictions Read More

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Determining Your Eligibility for Drug Court Treatment

Drug offenders are punished severely in the Arkansas criminal court system. However, recognizing that many defendants in drug cases suffer from underlying mental disorders or addictions, Arkansas has created drug courts, modeled on similar ones across the United States. A drug court program seeks to reduce the number of repeat drug offenders that appear in Read More

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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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