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What constitutes sexual crime in Arkansas?

In the state of Arkansas, the laws that govern sexual assault are very specific and they can vary from state to state. It involves any crime that the alleged offender subjects the alleged victim to any type of touching that is unwanted or offensive. Groping and assault or battery that includes rape is included in this definition.

Being accused of a sexual crime is absolutely life altering. Your job, your marriage, your social life are all impacted. Proving yourself becomes paramount to your well-being. Calling in a legal professional may be a good idea early on.

Drug charges in Arkansas need legal professional

Getting arrested on drug charges in Arkansas can carry some heavy penalties. The penalty for carrying marijuana is less than some states have. Although the laws vary from state to state, and some states even making it legal to use the drug, Arkansas has not yet mandated the use of any type of marijuana. Even if it is for medicinal purposes, it is against the law.

The legislature has given the court system some leeway when it comes to convicting a person of having marijuana on their person. If you have a relatively small amount, you can get up to one year of jail time. If you have 10 pounds, up to 25 pounds, there is a mandatory three years of incarceration and you can get up to 10 years based on several factors.

Man held on $250k bond in chid sexual abuse case

An accused man stood before a Hempstead County judge recently to face child sexual abuse charges. He was arrested and accused of sexual abuse against a 12-year-old boy.

The charges against the man include rape of a child under the age of 14; second degree sexual assault against a child under the age of 14; and the sexual grooming of a child. These charges are serious, and if the man is found guilty of some or all of them, he could face many years behind bars.

Drug charges for cocaine stiff in Arkansas

Drug charges in Arkansas can possibly lead to a fine and sometimes even jail time. Along with the federal government, state government prohibits the sale and possession of cocaine. The federal government generally goes after organized crime, trafficking and larger operations and leaves the smaller type of drug charges. There is a law that specifies the illegality of cocaine and methamphetamines in the state of Arkansas.

The penalties for possession and sale of these drugs are much stiffer than other types of drugs called Schedule I or II. For example, the penalty for possession of 12 grams of cocaine, if you are intending to distribute it, is a Class A felony, punishable with six to 30 years of jail time. Interestingly enough, having the same amount of heroin with the intent to deliver it is a Class B felony, punishable with five to 20 years in prison.

White collar crime in Arkansas needs a good attorney

Being accused of a crime, any crime, is disheartening and can be frightening. Being accused of white collar crime in Arkansas can be even more upsetting because this type of crime, in recent years, has come to the forefront of the news. Authorities are zeroing in on this type of crime and anyone involved is looking at prison time, making restitution and even an additional fine. Being represented by a knowledgeable attorney is of paramount importance early in the case.

The types of crimes normally associated with white collar crimes are bribery, money laundering, tax evasion, insurance fraud, wire or mail fraud, and Internet fraud. These are serious charges and, with modern technology being what it is, a trail left by your text messages, computer hard drive and email can be used against you. Can you begin to see that you need an attorney representing you who has experience in defending this type of crime?

Business owner pleads guilty to federal drug charge

A Clark County business owner entered a guilty plea in federal court on Feb. 11 to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine. He will face up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced for the offense. Additionally, he faces the possibility of receiving up to a $1 million fine.

Originally charged with three drug offenses, the guilty plea came after a long case that began with an investigation in 2013. In that year, the Clark County Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the business owner as they believed he was a multiple-pound supplier of methamphetamine.

Gas station robbery results in arrest of 2 Arkansas men

Charges including first degree battery and aggravated assault have been filed against two young men, ages 19 and 20, alleged to have robbed a gas station on Jan. 24 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. A spokesman for the North Little Rock Police Department stated that the men were arrested because video footage from the gas station robbery showed the robbers leaving in a car associated with the men. The arrest took place in North Little Rock at the Eastgate Terrance Apartments.

According to the police report about the robbery of the gas station at 1400 Main Street, two men took an unknown amount of cash. As they left the building, one of them allegedly fired a pistol. A clerk in the store was wounded. The men charged with the robbery and shooting were taken to the Pulaski County jail. Bond was not immediately set for either of them.

Defenses against voluntary manslaughter charges

Criminal accusations of voluntary manslaughter are very serious. Under Arkansas law, a conviction for a voluntary manslaughter indictment can be met with a wide variety of punishments, including a substantial amount of time in prison. It might behoove anyone facing charges of voluntary manslaughter to carefully consider the options available for their defense.

The general presumption will be that the defendant is innocent of any wrongdoing except that which was directly proven by the prosecution. They will make specific charges, and the defendant can refute them by denying their assertions or providing exculpatory evidence. Refusal to admit the crime at all places the entire burden of proof upon the state, and if there is even a reasonable doubt as to facts meant to prove the defendant's guilt, then a jury may find them innocent.

What to expect when charged for child pornography

When an Arkansas resident finds themselves faced with a charge for child pornography, they may be caught unaware of just how to handle the situation. It is suggested that when a question about the contents of a person's computer arises, it is best not to give any answers before speaking with a lawyer.

Examinations of computers can take anywhere from months to years, so even if an individual hasn't heard any updates for some time, the case is not necessarily over. A summons for federal court may still come, and a lawyer might be needed in order to solidify a defense or alibi. Sometimes, the U.S. Attorney may sent a target letter to an individual concerning the case, but these are generally only something to consider for those planning on pleading guilty.

Man faces charges following shooting in Arkansas

According to reports, a 21-year-old man faces charges for allegedly shooting a woman during the evening hours of Jan. 9. The incident took place in Benton at the intersection of Princeton and Tulane streets at approximately 9 p.m.

Police say that the woman was driving past a home in the neighborhood when the man exited a vehicle and shot her. The woman drove herself to Saline Memorial Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to her arm. She later told police that she and the man were acquaintances.

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