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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Discrimination for Arkansas on
Q: I am a lawyer but I have never done a Petition for Involuntary Commitment. I was wondering if anyone had a sample form?
W. Whitfield Hyman
W. Whitfield Hyman answered on Oct 18, 2021

In Sebastian County we just fill this out and give it to the prosecutor. Call the prosecutor they probably have a form. Here is what we do:

https://www.sebastiancountyar.gov/Portals/0/Content/ProsAtty/MI%20PACKET-full%202.pdf

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Landlord - Tenant and Patents (Intellectual Property) for Arkansas on
Q: So if I was homeless and know of a home thats empty and been empty for years can I squat in it and make ot mine ? If so
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Sep 24, 2021

This question was routed to patent attorneys that work with inventors. That is not the right group of lawyers to answer this. It does not sound like landlord-tenant either.

In real estate law there is a little used provision called adverse possession that was left over from a much...
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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Communications Law for Arkansas on
Q: what do you need to become a lawyer?

what is all the steps to becoming a lawyer

W. Whitfield Hyman
W. Whitfield Hyman answered on Sep 21, 2021

1. Graduate High School or earn a GED.

2. Earn a bachelor’s degree in anything from a college. Takes about 4 years.

3. Take the LSAT while in college (maybe they allow other tests now I’m not sure).

4. Complete law school (3 years).

5. Pass the bar exam in the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: My son was arrested and booked under wrong name at no fault of his... In Arkansas can we get charges dropped because of

He's charged with 3 misdemeanor if that matters any

Degen Clow
Degen Clow answered on Sep 2, 2021

It is specific to the facts of his case. If the officers intended to arrest him and subsequently input the wrong information into the booking system, that will not be enough to get the charges dismissed by itself. However, if he was the wrong person and should never have been arrested, then... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Arkansas on
Q: Is it a crime to drive with loaded guns without a permit
Degen Clow
Degen Clow answered on Sep 2, 2021

The Attorney General has provided a position statement regarding caring firearms in Arkansas. I have attached the link: https://arkansasag.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015-064-1.pdf

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: If I was caught with 56 grams of meth but none of the factors for purpose to deliver can they still charge me with it
Degen Clow
Degen Clow answered on Sep 2, 2021

You can always be charged, but whether the state can meet the factors required to convict you of possession with purpose is a different story. The statute contains very specific factors and their is a lot of case law that governs this area of the law. An experienced criminal defense attorney can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: How long before I can get a real job with a theft of property with a felony charge I believe its a C felony?

I worked in a daycare passed a background and also am now working with a retailer that also did a background but now im looking at a better opportunity but I was curious if this charge could get in my way?

Degen Clow
Degen Clow answered on Sep 2, 2021

If you have completed all the terms of your sentence (done with probation, paid all fines, etc...) then you have the ability to seal the charge so it will not show up and hurt your job opportunities. You should talk with an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney and they can evaluate your ability... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: What is the likely hood of doing prison time for a 2nd degree battery and being a 1St time offender
Degen Clow
Degen Clow answered on Sep 2, 2021

This ultimately depends on the facts of the case, the court you are in and the prosecutor handling the case. However, in general, with the help of a good lawyer you should be able to avoid doing prison time.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Arkansas on
Q: is it legal for an officer to bring out k9 on my vehicle over a traffic violation and no warrant or probrital cause

they stopped me originally over a tag lights being out and immediately started wanting to search my vehicle for no reason wat so ever

W. Whitfield Hyman
W. Whitfield Hyman answered on Aug 27, 2021

They have to have reasonable suspicion to ruin the dog or they have to have another person running the dog while they continue writing you a traffic ticket

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Arkansas on
Q: Must I provide id upon request
W. Whitfield Hyman
W. Whitfield Hyman answered on Jun 23, 2021

Not unless there believe you’re a witness to a crime or have reasonable suspicion to believe you have committed a crime.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Insurance Defense for Arkansas on
Q: Should I plead guilty or not guilty to insurance fraud? Class D felony first time offender can't afford a attorney

Basically I got In a wreck a while back (was not at fault) and bought an insurance claim right after I got out of the car. The insurance investigator asked and I lied and said it was before. No money was ever given to me nor was the car fixed and I was making a statement that I wasn't trying... Read more »

Richard Lane Hughes
Richard Lane Hughes answered on Jun 19, 2021

I don't know if I completely understand the facts of your case. However, that alone is a reason for you to have an attorney. That is, to help you communicate with the prosecutor as well as the court.

Plead not guilty and advise the court that you cannot afford an attorney. You are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: Can a prosecutor be a public defender in the state of Arkansas?
Richard Lane Hughes
Richard Lane Hughes answered on Jun 18, 2021

I believe that the short answer is yes.

There may be several reasons that a lawyer should not act in both capacities. But, without additional facts, I see no clear ethical prohibition.

Also, I am presuming that you are not asking about a situation in which a lawyer would wear both...
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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 Domestic Violence, Criminal Law and Education Law for Arkansas on
Q: Why was I sited for violating a no contact order when I was welcomed back into the supposed victims household?

I stayed with the supposed victim for an extended period of time before openly admitting to law enforcement over phone contact of my welcomed return which was also my home,as I was the son and primary care provider to my mother in said household. Also, my mother is in irreversible dimentia. My... Read more »

Taylor Douglas Martin
Taylor Douglas Martin answered on May 20, 2021

Regardless if the contact is welcomed or not, a no contact order is a court order forbidding one to contact a certain person. Typically, a Judge views contact as contact regardless of the circumstances. However, a capable defense attorney should be able to bring the circumstances to the attention... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: If my brother confess to leaving his firearm in my car and I'm a felon can I beat the charge if I didn't kno

And he comes to court with all the information and paperwork can it be dropped against me if he confirms he left it without my knowledge

Geoffrey D. Kearney
Geoffrey D. Kearney answered on May 10, 2021

The question does not make clear whether you’re referring to a charge of being a felon in possession under federal law or Arkansas state law, but the standards for both are fairly similar. Whether in state or federal court, the prosecution would generally have to prove possession of the weapon... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: What's the best counter offer to 32 months prison and 32 months sis
W. Whitfield Hyman
W. Whitfield Hyman answered on Apr 20, 2021

Just tell them to drop all of the charges or you will sue them.

Just kidding.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: These laws pertaining to record keeping, weren't they written for pharmacies?

Specifically, the felony charge of failure to keep records while maintaining a drug premises. I feel they're being abused and used as a way to give individual citizens multiple charges for the same simple possession offense

W. Whitfield Hyman
W. Whitfield Hyman answered on Apr 18, 2021

Which law?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Civil Litigation for Arkansas on
Q: I am be sued by a woman in Cleburne County for 20k of horse boarding. She took my horse from Wi without my permission,

She got caught forging my signature on the horses registration papers. Now she's sueing me for 20k for the 2 years she's had my horse. What kind of attorney do i need

James E Hensley Jr
James E Hensley Jr answered on Apr 15, 2021

Get a lawyer who will answer your calls even on weekends. You will probably owe her some money and she wants to keep the horse instead of taking payment. My cousin is one of the top trainers in the mid-south. Her fee is $375 per month per horse. That would come to around $9,000 in your case. Since... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: Are false names on incident reports, cover sheets and the statement by a witness provide any type of action for defense?

Felony criminal case, false names of the witness and the offended person on the investigation report and the cover sheet. The witness statement begins, "I (false name) ...

The names are close but not accurate. Does defense counsel have anything actionable on this or is it... Read more »

Richard Lane Hughes
Richard Lane Hughes answered on Apr 13, 2021

Complete accuracy on those documents is likely harmless. An intentional false report is another matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Arkansas on
Q: If you are charged with possion and get a imposed sentence the get revoked is that an additional felony
Richard Lane Hughes
Richard Lane Hughes answered on Apr 13, 2021

Yes. However, you may be able to simply get reinstated. It depends on a number of variables and the basis for revocation proceedings.

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