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Criminal Defense Attorneys Near North Little Rock

With offices in North Little Rock, Bryant, Conway, and Cabot, the criminal defense lawyers at wh Law | We Help aggressively represent clients in criminal matters throughout the state of Arkansas. If you are being investigated or charged with a crime in state or federal court, please contact us immediately. The sooner we start on your case, the better.

What you need to know if you're arrested

Good legal advice is essential at every stage of a criminal case. There will likely be an investigation, even before you are actually charged with a crime. The police will probably interview you and collect any other evidence that is available. This is one of the most important times to have an experienced, aggressive criminal defense lawyer. What you say can make or break your case. With the right help, a prosecutor may never even be able to charge you.

Once you have been charged, we adopt a hands-on approach to your case. We then conduct our own investigation, getting information from the government, interviewing witnesses, visiting the crime scene, and gathering any other facts or information relevant to your case. Only then can we best serve your interests by understanding the case better than the prosecutor.

With this information in hand, you will be prepared to make important decisions regarding your case, such as whether you want to select a judge or jury trial or wish to explore the possibility of a negotiated plea agreement. Once you have made these decisions, we proceed along those lines and provide you with vigorous representation to secure the best possible outcome.

wh Law | We Help offers a diverse range of criminal law representation including:

  • DWI– A conviction for DWI/DUI can seriously affect a clients livelihood.  A conviction can carry consequences from license suspension to fines and mandatory jail time.  DWI trials are very fact intensive and have many complex scientific defenses.  We will analyze your case and highlight the defenses you may have.
  • Drug Possession– The possession of controlled substances such as Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Marijuana, Oxycontin, Steroids, Ecstasy, LSD, and various other narcotics can result in a multitude of State or Federal charges.  We are able to assess your case and protects your rights.
  • Drug Trafficking– The accusation of trafficking large amounts of narcotics can have substantial consequences such as DEA involvement and federal indictments.  If you have been indicted or feel that you may be, we can help.  Our firm will use our wealth of knowledge and resources to assure the best outcome possible.
  • Weapons Charges– Our firm is experienced in dealing with weapons charges ranging from Misdemeanor through the Felony level.  The involvement of a weapon in an alleged crime can tack on many years to a sentence.  It is important to contact us as soon as possible so that we can attempt to minimize any damaging accusations that have been levied against you.
  • White Collar and Organized Crime– From Forgeries to RICO violations, wh Law | We Help has the tools and ability to defend your rights and reputation.
  • Robbery– A simple Robbery can easily be elevated to an Aggravated Robbery by a slight change in facts and if a gun is involved, this can up the ante again.  A good criminal defense lawyer can analyze the case and make the arguments to present your side in the best light possible.
  • Burglary– Both Commercial and Residential Burglary can carry hefty prison sentences.  We have the experience and knowledge to analyze the facts in your case and make the scientific arguments to preserve your liberty.
  • Homicide– From Manslaughter to Murder, wh Law | We Help has you covered.  We have the tools and ability to preserve your rights and defend your case.
  • Juvenile Crimes– Being adjudicated delinquent as a juvenile can have lasting consequences; from the inability to get a job to being denied admission to the school of your choice.  At wh Law | We Help, we have experienced criminal defense lawyers who can successfully navigate the juvenile system.
  • Sex Crimes– Conviction of a sex crime can have implications that last a lifetime; such as having to register as a sex offender, notify neighbors, or even being unable to live within a certain proximity of schools and parks.
  • Appeals– We have the experience and ability to analyze your case and navigate through the appeals process.

We care about your future and want to protect you from the damage of a conviction. If you need help with your situation, do not wait. We have skilled and aggressive criminal defense lawyers who can effectively fight to protect your rights. Please contact us at 501.891.6000..

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 less than desirable for the client, especially clients who are on a tight budget. By providing a “menu” of representation to choose from, the client is able to calculate the final cost up front. This way, the client can decide if they can afford the service without ever having to go through a lengthy consultation and they can easily figure out how the case will impact their budget. While certain factual situations can certainly change the price of a case, in the vast majority of cases the following prices will apply:

What does an attorney cost for a misdemeanor?

Misdemeanors are broken into several levels: A, B, C, and Unclassified. “A” misdemeanors are usually things like Battery, Theft of Property, or Criminal Mischief. “B” misdemeanors are crimes such as Assault, Prostitution, and others. “C” misdemeanors are crimes such as Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. The most common Unclassified misdemeanor is DWI or BWI.

What does an attorney cost for a DWI?

For DWI cases, we offer an option where our firm will review your arrest file and provide an assessment of your case for $750.00. If after the assessment, you decide to take your case to trial, an additional fee will be agreed upon at that time.

What does an attorney cost for a Prison Rights issue?

Many individuals are currently incarcerated in either county jail or the Arkansas Department of Corrections.  These individuals have rights that must be protected, just as individuals living outside of these facilities.  We have the experience and resources to help ensure incarcerated individuals’ rights are protected.

  • Non-Felony
    $2,000
  • Y Felony
    Consult Needed
  • A Felony
    Consult Needed
  • B Felony
    $6,000
  • C Felony
    $4,500
  • D Felony
    $3,500
  • CDL Traffic Violation
    $750
  • Probation Revocation
    $2,000
  • Terminating Probation
    $2,000
  • Traffic Violation
    $500
  • Parole Rewrite
    $2,000
  • Parole Hearing
    $3,500

Criminal Law FAQ's

How much time can I get for misdemeanor charges in Arkansas?

5-4-401(b)

Arkansas Misdemeanors are divided into three categories:

A-level Misdemeanors – 0-1 year, and a fine of up to $2,500

B-level Misdemeanors – 0-90 days, and a fine of up to $1,000

C-level Misdemeanors – 0-30 days, and a fine of up to $500

How much time can I get for felony charges?

5-4-401(a)

There are several classifications for felony charges:

Y-Felony – 10-40 years, or life

A-Felony – 6-30 years, and a fine of up to $15,000

B-Felony – 5-20 years, and a fine of up to $15,000

C-Felony – 3-10 years, and a fine of up to $10,000

D-Felony – 0-6 years, and a fine of up to $10,000

How will my criminal record affect my sentence?

This will depend on how much criminal history you have. Someone who has been previously convicted of 2 or 3 felony charges can be charged under Arkansas law as a Small Habitual Offender. The ranges for felony crimes when charged as a small habitual offender are as follows:

SMALL HAB (2 OR 3 FELONY CONVICTIONS)

 5-4-501(a)

Y-Felony – 10-60 years or life

A-Felony – 6-50 years

B-Felony – 5-30 years

C-Felony – 3-20 years

D-Felony – 0-12 years

Someone who has been previously convicted of 4 or more felony charges can be charged as a Big Habitual Offender.  The ranges for felony crimes when charged as a big habitual offender are as follows:

BIG HAB (4 OR MORE FELONY CONVICTIONS)

5-4-501(b)

Y-Felony – 10 to life

A-Felony – 6-60 years

B-Felony – 5-40 years

C-Felony – 3-30 years

D-Felony – 0-15 years

How much Marijuana is a Misdemeanor amount?

If being charged simply as Possession of a controlled substance:

Less than 4oz is a Misdemeanor. 5-64-419(b)(5)(A)

If being charged as Possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance with the purpose to deliver:

Less than 14 grams is a Misdemeanor.

Are Hydrocodone pills a Felony?

Yes, they are a schedule II drug and thus, without a script any amount is a felony amount.

Are Oxycodone pills a Felony?

Yes, they are a schedule II drug and thus, without a script any amount is a felony amount.

Are Adderall pills a Felony?

Yes, they are a schedule II drug and thus, without a script any amount is a felony amount.

When does a drug charge become “with purpose to deliver?”

In most cases, one of the following conditions must be attached to the drugs found:

  1. The person possesses the means to weigh and separate the controlled substance.
  2. The person possesses a record indication a drug-related transaction
  3. The controlled substance is separated and packed in a manner to facilitate delivery
  4. The person possesses a firearm that is in the immediate physical control of the person at the time of the possession of the controlled substance.
  5. The person possesses at least 2 other controlled substances in any amount
  6. Or other relevant and admissible evidence that contributes to the proof that the person’s purpose was to deliver a controlled substance.

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