Criminal Law

Criminal Law

Arkansas Open Container Laws

Can I have an open container of alcohol in my vehicle while driving in Arkansas? Up until 2017, the answer was yes. But the recently passed HB 1001 changes that. Now, it is illegal for passengers to have an open alcoholic beverage while on a highway or other public road. It is legal to have an open alcohol container if

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Criminal Law

Why Hire an Attorney for an Arkansas Parole Hearing?

The Arkansas Board of Parole (the Parole Board), reviews thousands of cases per year.  Most of these cases are decided by a few documents and a brief hearing (5 to 10 minutes). Your loved one is a person, a person that deserves a second chance.  Reading about a bad decision or period of life problems and a few minutes of

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Criminal Law

What does it cost to be removed from the Arkansas Sex Offender Registry?

You may think removal from the Arkansas Sex Offender Registry to be too difficult and expensive. At Wilson & Haubert we offer three price options. Two are flat fees – one price for the entire process, beginning to end. The third is reserved for complex cases. Most cases are not considered “complex.” Here are the three cost options for being removed

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Criminal Law

When can police stop my car?

This is a question we are asked all the time.  When can the police stop my car? The answer is: when the police have reasonable suspicion they may stop your vehicle. What is Reasonable Suspicion? Under Terry v. Ohio, an officer may only stop a vehicle if that officer has “reasonable suspicion” that the driver has committed, or is about

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Criminal Law

What to Do If You’re Facing a Probation Revocation

Under Arkansas law, you can be sentenced to probation to avoid going to jail. If you are on probation, you want to make sure that you do everything you can to avoid a probation revocation. As you probably know, your probation can be revoked for many reasons, including failing drug tests, missing appointments with your probation officer, failure to complete treatment

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Criminal Law

How much does a criminal lawyer cost?

How much does a criminal lawyer cost in Arkansas? Of all the questions lawyers are asked, the only question we get every time is “how much does a lawyer cost?” Traditionally, lawyers do not have flat-rate, across the board pricing, and many things will dictate the final price of a case.  While this is fine for the lawyer, this is

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Criminal Law

What is a DRE Officer?

A DRE is a Drug Recognition Evaluation trained law enforcement officer. This officer has been through specific training to detect signs of intoxication for DWI Drug offenses. The DRE officer follows a DRE manual which defines a drug as follows: “any substance, which, when taken into the human body, can impair the ability of the person to operate a vehicle

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Administrative Law, Criminal Law

Inmate Medical and Mental Health Care Rights

Inmate Medical and Mental Health Care Rights All prisoners have a right to adequate medical care, mental health care, and equal treatment which is guaranteed by the Constitution and federal law. Overcrowding, understaffing, and civil rights violations in Arkansas prisons became national news in 1968 when prison superintendent Tom Murton uncovered 3 skeletons at Cummins Unit. Murton’s attempt to reform

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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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