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Hot Springs Couple’s Sentencing Underscores Heavy Penalties for Drug Trafficking

The recent case of a Hot Springs husband and wife shows the severity of the mandatory minimum penalties that federal law imposes for drug trafficking — the manufacture, transportation or distribution of controlled substances. The case also shows that drug possession alone can amount to trafficking in certain circumstances. Law enforcement officers executing a search 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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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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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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Federal drug case has ties to Arkansas

Facing drug charges could be a serious matter. Whether it is a minor offense involving just the accused or a major offense involving many parties, it is important to understand the matter at hand and what criminal defense options are available. Based on recent reports, federal authorities arrested several people affiliated with a trucking company Read More

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Firearms can enhance drug crime penalties

There are a number of criminal charges that an Arkansas resident may face if they are alleged to possess or sell prohibited substances. Whether their charges involve marijuana or cocaine, heroin or another kind of drug, the actions that they are alleged to have taken with regard to those drugs may impact the severity of Read More

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Overuse of no-knock warrants in Little Rock for drug crimes

The Fourth Amendment is a critical component of the Bill of Rights and the vast protections that individuals in the United States are expected to enjoy. The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures and is generally the source of law used to justify the need for warrants when law enforcement officials wish Read More

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Arkansas police stepping up efforts for Weed Day

There are laws that penalize the usage of illegal substances. Marijuana is illegal for recreational use in Arkansas. Though the law recognizes medical uses of the drug for individuals who are suffering from specific illnesses and ailments, most individuals who are caught in possession of the substance may be charged with drug crimes and punished. Read More

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State and federal laws criminalize cocaine possession

The Controlled Substances Act is a federal law that prohibits the sale, distribution and possession of cocaine. Because it is enforced by the Drug Enforcement Agency, it is applicable in all 50 states, including Arkansas. Therefore, individuals who are alleged to be involved in cocaine-based drug crimes may face both state and federal charges for Read More

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