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Showalter Law Group, P.A.
What Types Of Criminal Cases Does Your Firm Handle In Arkansas?

My firm handles all types of criminal cases, from traffic tickets to capital murder. We like to review with clients what they should and shouldn’t do when arrested or accused of a crime. It cannot be stressed enough how important it is to exercise one’s Miranda rights and remain silent. If someone is suspected of a crime, they should not provide the police with a statement or confess to anything. Instead, they should simply say that they will not speak without their attorney present. This advice also applies to situations where people are pulled over by the police after drinking alcohol; they should not tell the police that they have had anything to drink or that they have taken any drugs—even if the drugs are prescriptions. It is also advisable to refuse all field sobriety tests, such as the one-leg stand, heel-to-toe, and eye gaze test. If a person refuses to take the Breathalyzer test, then they will lose their driver’s license, but they will also lose their driver’s license if they take and fail the test. Also, in both cases we can usually get a restricted permit so the person can continue driving. If someone has not had anything to drink for about 24 hours, then they should consent to the Breathalyzer test, but if they have, then they should refuse the test.

We literally see thousands of drug, theft, assault, and domestic violence cases every year. Anyone who is facing criminal charges needs to have an attorney, and if they are facing a felony criminal charge, then the court will require that they have an attorney. If a defendant cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to them. The problem is that while most court-appointed attorneys are excellent attorneys, they are simply overworked and therefore unable to provide each case with the attention it needs. These attorneys are good, but they can’t be effective at defending people because the state doesn’t provide adequate funding to public defender offices.

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In misdemeanor cases, defendants are allowed to represent themselves, but this is not recommended. An attorney can cover most misdemeanor court dates for the defendant, eliminate the possibility of jail time, and avoid a conviction. For example, if someone represents themselves on a shoplifting misdemeanor case, they might be able to avoid jail time, but they will still receive a conviction. An attorney, however, would be able to help them avoid a conviction and keep a clean record.

What Charges Can Someone Face If They Have Been Arrested For Domestic Violence?

If a person so much as leaves a red mark on their domestic partner, spouse, child, elderly parent, or anyone who is living with them, they can be arrested for domestic battery. Domestic violence accusations commonly arise from heated arguments between partners and often involve alcohol. An argument might get a little bit physical and one of the parties will end up calling the police. In other cases, neighbors will hear people having a heated argument and call the police. If someone gets arrested for domestic violence, the courts will immediately issue a no-contact order, which means someone will have to temporarily move out and no contact will be allowed between the parties who were involved in the incident. Most attorneys are able to help clients avoid domestic violence convictions and all of the associated consequences, including losing the right to bear firearms, having difficulty finding employment, and being unable to receive federal aid. In any type of domestic violence case, an attorney will be necessary in order to minimize the damage for the defendant.

For more information on Criminal Cases In The State Of Arkansas, an initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (479) 300-1212 today.

Hugh Brock Showalter

One Call Does It All
(479) 300-1212

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