Search Site
Menu

Parole Prohibited for Felons Convicted of Committing Violent Crimes While Possessing Guns

Arkansas has recently adopted a law prohibiting parole for people convicted of committing violent crimes while in possession of a gun. In view of the fact that Arkansas is one of the six states with the highest violent crime rates in the nation, the legislature included an emergency clause declaring that the new act is necessary for public health and safety and so should take effect immediately.

The new law applies to anyone who has been convicted of a violent felony while possessing a firearm, whether or not the weapon was actually used. Violent felonies are specifically defined in the Arkansas criminal code to include murder, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, residential burglary, terroristic acts, sexual assault, rape, domestic battery and other serious crimes involving the use of physical force.

Gun possession in Arkansas

Violent criminal offenses carry substantial prison time. Since parole is now prohibited when guns are involved, convicted defendants will be required to serve the full prison terms for which they are sentenced. The length of incarceration increases with the seriousness of the crime, as follows:

  • Class Y felony — a minimum of 10 years and up to 40 years or life
  • Class A felony — six to 30 years
  • Class B felony — five to 20 years
  • Class C felony — three to 10 years
  • Class D felony — up to six years

Mounting a strong defense is crucial if you are facing charges for a violent crime involving a firearm. Besides the loss of your liberty for extensive length of time, there are numerous collateral consequences. For example, you may be disqualified from certain housing, lose your child custody rights and be ineligible for specific jobs or educational opportunities.

A skilled criminal defense attorney can assess your case and determine the best strategy to fight the charges against you. Defenses that can be raised for charges involving gun crimes include mistaken identity, insufficient evidence and lack of possession. Depending on the facts of your case, your attorney might also be able to argue successfully that the police performed an unconstitutional search and seizure or conducted an illegal traffic stop.

Located in Little Rock, James Law Firm is dedicated to providing high-quality representation to clients in Arkansas who have been charged with violent crimes involving firearms. Call (501) 375-0900 or contact us online for a free consultation.

Reviews and Ratings
  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    This firm gets the job done! Aggressive from beginning to end. When u hire this firm, ur not hiring one attorney, u r hiring a whole team of attorneys who will all know ur case and work together to get you the best possible outcome. Well worth the mo...

    Read more

    Client

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    Bill James is the best lawyer in Arkansas I trust him with my life! He first represented me when I was 18,19,&20 years old and I totally know that I got the best deal poss

    Read more

    Client

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    Best Law Firm Ever!!! Professional service. Every appointment I received a phone call reminder and they even let me know where to park. Attorney Megan Wilson was my attorney and she is amazing and her other attorney's that worked with her were all am...

    Read more

    Kimberly Baker

  • lawyers
    5.0/5.0

    This was an amazing law firm. Everyone I dealt with was super helpful and professional. They went above and beyoned to help me with everything I asked plus more. They also Helped me with issues they didnt have to help with and always replied to me wi...

    Read more

    Client

  • google
    5.0/5.0

    There are no words to describe all of the hard work of Mr. James and his associates. Countless hours and preparation. Thank you so much for my son's excellent representation. You and your team are amazing!

    Read more

    jeanene dimarzio

See all reviews
Contact us

Quick Contact Form