7 Questions for a Shoplifting Attorney
Shoplifting is one of the most common theft charges individuals face in Northwest Arkansas. But, just because a shoplifting charge is common doesn’t mean it isn’t serious. In addition to facing misdemeanor or felony charges, depending on how much you were caught shoplifting and if you have any prior convictions, you may face a civil suit from the company you attempted to steal from.
The legal system can be complicated and confusing, and you may have questions about shoplifting charges. Continue reading
FAQs About Arkansas DUI Laws
Impaired driving is one of the most common criminal charges in Arkansas, but it remains a serious legal event that can have a substantial impact on your career, social life and relationships.
What are Controlled Substances in Arkansas?
Controlled dangerous substances (CDS) are those drugs, chemicals and medications that are regulated depending on their potential for abuse, the likelihood to form an addiction, accepted medical use and perceived risk to public health. Continue reading
Arkansas Open Carry Attorney General Opinion
Arkansas’ Attorney General Leslie Rutledge recently released an opinion that states legal gun owners can carry their guns on their person or in their vehicle so long as they were not violating other laws or regulations or planning on using the gun in an unlawful manner. Following changes in Arkansas’ weapon-carry statute in 2013, there has been some debate as to whether Arkansas was now an open carry state. With this latest opinion, which was requested in June of this year, legal Arkansas gun owners can carry their weapons openly without fear of prosecution – at least in theory, and with a few important qualifications. Continue reading
The Supreme Court Decision On Controversial Lethal Injection Drug
In April we wrote about the death penalty in Arkansas and the debate on its efficacy as both a punishment and a deterrent for crime. In that post we mentioned capital punishment was on hold in Oklahoma over concerns one of the drugs used in the lethal injection process was failing to properly mask the pain the inmate goes through during the execution. The Oklahoma case made its way to the Supreme Court, and since the Supreme Court decision will play a role in the death penalty debate in Arkansas, we wanted to write a brief follow-up. Continue reading
Violating An Arkansas Noise Ordinance
Can you be ticketed just for playing loud music in your home or vehicle in Arkansas? Many communities have noise ordinances and designated “quiet hours,” which means if you come home at 2am, stereo blasting and bass bumping, you might find yourself ending your night with a ticket. In fact, if it’s within these quiet hours, you could feasibly receive a citation just for running your lawnmower or driving a loud vehicle. Continue reading
An Arkansas House panel recently endorsed a bill that would restart executions in Arkansas after nearly a decade without. The panel’s decision is not surprising when we consider that it supports the views of the people. While overall public opinion is starting to change, according to a Gallup poll, nearly 2 of every 3 Americans are still in favor of the death penalty as a response to convicted murder.
So what would executions look like if they did return to Arkansas? And, public opinion or not, does bringing back capital punishment in Arkansas accomplish the goals its proponents claim? Continue reading
Have you been charged with a crime? Do you believe you may soon be charged with a crime? Whether you are falsely accused or guilty of the charge brought against you, you should understand your rights and what steps you can take to defend yourself. You may be confused, anxious or overwhelmed and want to forget what’s happening. But a criminal charge is a serious and complicated legal process. Knowing how to proceed when you are charged with a crime can protect you from undue discomfort and penalization. Continue reading
Under a proposed bill supported by Arkansas House members, Arkansas universities would no longer be able to prevent faculty or staff from bringing concealed firearms onto campus. Continue reading
Traffic tickets have a way of ruining your day. Rolling through stop signs, rushing to catch the yellow light, turning without a turn signal – all of these actions create additional risk of accidents with other cars or pedestrians. And even if you obey all of the rules of the road, you would be hard pressed to go a single day – or even a single drive – without seeing someone break a traffic law.
No matter how careful you are when you drive there will be times when other cars on the road simply aren’t where they should be. Maybe the driver was texting, or maybe a bee stung them in the cheek. Continue reading