A violent crime is defined as an intentional, aggressive act against a person or property that threatens, inflicts, or attempts to inflict physical harm. In Arkansas criminal law, a violent crime can be ruled as a felony and if convicted, the offending party could face years in prison. These types of crimes are typically prosecuted to the full extent of the law because of their serious nature.
Because the definition of a violent crime is so broad, there are several criminal activities that are commonly categorized as such, including:
The repercussions of a violent crime conviction far outlive a prison sentence and will have bearing on a person’s personal and professional life. Don’t be afraid to put the skills of an experienced Centerton criminal defense attorney on your side. Lucas Law Firm is here to help. We diligently represent clients in the northwest Arkansas area who are facing these charges. For strong legal representation when you need it most, call us today.
Domestic violence crimes are those involving family or household members and are harshly punished in the State of Arkansas. Not only can a judge sentence you to jail, probation, or require you to pay a fine if you are convicted, but a domestic battery conviction may also impact your gun rights under federal law.
While a first offense domestic battering in the third degree is a Class A misdemeanor, if convicted it will hang over your head for five years. If convicted again during that period, the prosecutor can elevate what would have been a misdemeanor to a felony. If you are charged with domestic violence, it is important that you hire competent counsel to defend you and that you are properly informed of your rights and your interests looked after.
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If you have been or are about to be charged with assault or battery you need to contact our office immediately for a free consultation. In addition, as a condition of your release there is very likely to be a no-contact order between you and the alleged victim. Violation of that order may result in an additional charge being filed against you. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you find out your rights and potentially have that no-contact order dropped or modified. Speaking with an attorney is the best way to protect yourself in this situation.
You are not required to talk to the police and should exercise your right to remain silent until you can talk with an experienced criminal defense attorney. The police will most likely take you into custody and are required to inform you of your right to remain silent and to obtain legal representation.
A lawyer can raise several defenses on your behalf depending on the facts of your case. Some common defenses include mutual combat, self defense, and lack of evidence. If it can be shown that you were not the primary aggressor or that you were merely defending yourself, the case may be a good candidate for eliminated or lessened charges.
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