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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Arkansas on
Q: If I have a warrant from county (a) & have an upcoming court date for county (b) can (b) hold me for(a)2come get me
Joshua W. Bugeja Esq.
Joshua W. Bugeja Esq. answered on Jun 4, 2021

As a general rule of thumb, yes, the court for one county can serve the warrant for the other and arrest you (to allow the transfer). It does make a difference if the warrant was from another state though since many states, including Arkansas, often don't arrest individuals appearing in their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Arkansas on
Q: Had about 5 or 6 grams of cannabis & an open liquor bottle. Are either of those proper possessions of crime?

Got pulled over for speeding on high way. Searched the vehicle after I admitted to where the small amount of cannabis was and he charged me with that and the liquor bottle as possessions of crime

Joshua W. Bugeja Esq.
Joshua W. Bugeja Esq. answered on Jun 4, 2021

Arkansas Code Annotated § 5-71-218 specifically addresses the criminal offense of "possession of an open container containing alcohol in a motor vehicle." Since your question doesn't provide enough factual details to compare the situation to the statute, it is difficult to state... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Arkansas on
Q: Yes I was assualted in clebourn co arkansas they charged him with domestic battery 3 what will they do to him

He is my cousin was letting him stay with me

Joshua W. Bugeja Esq.
Joshua W. Bugeja Esq. answered on Jun 2, 2021

Truthfully, there's no way to say with any level of certainty will happen to your cousin based on the limited information you provided. His criminal history (including whether or not he was on a suspended imposition of sentence for another crime for example, even if it was unrelated both... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arkansas on
Q: Can primary custodian keep child away from other parent when they are grounded?
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Joshua W. Bugeja Esq. answered on Jun 2, 2021

Generally speaking, visitation and child punishment are entirely separate issues (though they may seem related). One public policy consideration is that, as a society, we don't want parents effectively penalized due to a child's bad behavior and we don't want child punishment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Arkansas on
Q: Can a domestic battery charge be dropped ?

Me and my boyfriend got into a heated argument one night and i was in the closet getting clothes for my younger son. My boyfriend was talking to me asking me why was i getting my son clothes. He walked up to me and grabbed my arm to pull me out the closet to look at him and i tripped and we both... Read more »

Joshua W. Bugeja Esq.
Joshua W. Bugeja Esq. answered on Jun 2, 2021

It is entirely possible that the case(s) will be dropped (referred to by the legal term "nole prossed"). This often occurs when the alleged victim is uncooperative, there is a "mutual combat" situation, and/or other factors are considered (such as a medical diagnosis which... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Arkansas on
Q: So my children’s father has two other kids that have been adopted out in the state of Arkansas. We have two ourselves.

I was informed that if we were to get married that the kids could legally become mines if we go through the adoption process . Can you tell me how that works

Joshua W. Bugeja Esq.
Joshua W. Bugeja Esq. answered on Jun 2, 2021

Your question is unclear. Arkansas has the Revised Uniform Adoption Act and you should start by looking there. Arkansas Code Annotated § 9-9-215 fully explains the "effect of decree of adoption."

Specifically, A.C.A. § 9-9-215(a)(1) states in part that, "Except with...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Arkansas on
Q: In Arkansas any landlord decide to keep my security deposit based off a new tenant stating they smell smoke

Even though I didn't smoke.As well as the landlord herself was at location the day I was moving out I do not believe she came in that day but she was right at the door and she did not smell nothing video as well as my personal keys were accidentally locked inside the unit and when we return to... Read more »

Joshua W. Bugeja Esq.
Joshua W. Bugeja Esq. answered on Jun 2, 2021

Arkansas Code Annotated § 18-16-305 specifically addresses refunds of security deposits. Subsection a(2) specifically requires any damages which are subtracted from the security deposit must be itemized and delivered to you in accordance with the remainder of the statute within 60 days of... Read more »

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