Criminal Law

Criminal Law

One Leg Stand

The “one leg stand” is the third and final Standardized Field Sobriety Test a police officer will use on a person they have stopped for suspicion of driving while intoxicated in Arkansas. The one leg stand is broken into two parts. First is the Instruction stage. Second is the Balance and counting stage.  In the Instruction stage the person is…

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Criminal Law

What does it mean to get your criminal record “sealed?”

Having your criminal record “sealed” (or “expunged”) is the process of having your criminal record made confidential.  If your record is sealed, the documents will be hidden from public view, but will not actually be destroyed, unless the convictions occurred while you were a minor. However, once you get a conviction sealed, you can legally pretend like it never happened. …

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Criminal Law

Field Sobriety Test: Walk and Turn

The second most performed field sobriety test in a DWI investigation is the Walk and Turn.  To fully understand this field sobriety test, you must become familiar with the phases and scoring of the test.  After you are acquainted with proper administration, you can then point to the issues which may arise during the test. Instructions for the walk and…

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Criminal Law

HGN Test: What You Need to Know

Many people are somewhat familiar with some of the tests that are given by police officers when they are investigating a possible DWI. The first test which comes to mind for people when they think about DWI testing is the eye test, or the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test. To understand the HGN test, you will first need to know what…

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Criminal Law

Charged with a DUI? Here’s how a Lawyer Can Help.

It’s a mistake you probably hope to never make: driving after you’ve had one too many drinks, and getting pulled over by the police. A moment of indiscretion is sometimes all it takes to get caught driving under the influence, but if you should ever find yourself charged with DUI, its best to get yourself a DUI lawyer. Wondering how…

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Criminal Law

DWI Arrest | How to Continue to Drive Afterwards

Driving after an Arkansas DWI Arrest After an arrest for DWI in Arkansas, you will have many decisions to make. One of the things many people do not think about is how they will continue to drive after a DWI arrest. Your driver’s license is taken from you, and you must now figure out how you are going to continue…

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Criminal Law

DWI Charges | Traffic Cues for Probable Cause

DWI charges are not routine; many people are stopped by police during their daily commutes, and few of those stops result in DWI charges. Some of these stops result in simply a warning and others may result in some minor traffic violation ticket. However, in cases where it is alleged that the driver has been operating a vehicle while under…

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Criminal Law

On Probation in Arkansas? So long, Constitution!

We all know police need probable cause to conduct a search of your vehicle and a warrant to conduct a search of your home. Well, they usually do, anyway. If you are on probation or parole in Arkansas, however, you have probably waived these requirements and given written consent for law enforcement to search your home or car at any…

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Criminal Law

How Do I End My Probation Early in Arkansas?

Many defendants in Arkansas who enter into a plea deal will end up on probation. If you end up on probation, it is important to understand how it can be terminated. The first step in attempting to end your probation early is contacting an Arkansas criminal defense lawyer. In assessing whether to terminate a person’s probation early, the court will…

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Criminal Law

Probation Revocation: What You Need to Know

Introduction to probation revocation. What is probation? How many people are on it? How do you get on probation? How long can you stay on probation? etc. First, you need to know how you can get revoked. Violating any of the requirements of a probationer will get you revoked. Some of the most common requirements are; passing random drug tests,…

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