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Formerly a Cop and Judge. Decades in the legal community. Personally available to all clients from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. It costs you nothing to talk for a bit and see how we might help you.
- Appeals & Appellate
- Criminal Law
- Domestic Violence
- Family Law
- Juvenile Law
- White Collar Crime
- Free Consultation
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 8th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- American Sign Language: Spoken
- English: Spoken, Written
- Arkansas Bar Association
- - Current
- William H. Bowen School of Law
- J.D. / Law & Counseling (1998)
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19 Questions Answered
- Q. Class C felony forgery keeping me from enlistment of military
- A: Depending on your age now, the Court where the case occurred, and the particulars, it looks like you can have your charges expunged. It is very unlikely you will be able to have the charges reduced. Just get them expunged. We do it all the time. Costs vary from $1500 to $3000. Once the felonies are gone, you should be able to re-enlist. Recruiters do this a lot.
- Q. if my son is paroled to me what am I responsible for if he breaks parole.
- A: You will not be liable for anything he does if your only obligation is to offer him a home to parole out to. With the violent history though, you might want to ensure he has come counseling, etc.
- Q. My brother has a charge of Theft by Receiving in Little Rock.
- A: Misdemeanor bonds are usually under $2500. The fact that the items taken are guns is what makes this a felony. Most likely Class C or D Felonies. Unless your brother has a criminal history, the Prosecutor is likely to make him a probation offer. Usually 3 to 5 years of probation, fines, etc. He should be o.k.
- Q. I travel for work and need new husband to be able to make legal decisions for my son. Can he be named a legal guardian?
- A: There is nothing needed to get your child to school or for medical intervention. Adoption is an option but so is a power of attorney.
- Q. If I had a record sealed 16 90 905 will be rights be restored?
- A: Right to vote probably. Right to carry a gun requires Governor pardon on the issue. Most criminal trial attorneys can file the correct documents for around $2500. Might try www.acic.org but you will be on your own. It takes a year to get through the system and if you fill out the papers incorrectly, you just wasted a year. Get a lawyer.
- Q. Let's say the police are on my property possibly performing surveillance my property is posted clearly to what extent
- A: They can surveil your property at any time. There is no expectation of privacy. A sign does not do anything for you. You say "so-called" police. If they are the real police, they can bother you a lot. Wonder why they are looking at you? Maybe get an attorney to find out.
- Q. Is killing a K9 dog a felony and considered murder?
- A: NO! Murder is the killing of a human by another human. Believe it or not, this question was on the bar exam twenty years ago. It's still on the bar exam because some lawyers don't know the definition of murder. The question usually involves a very smart monkey, dolphin, puppy, etc. The fact in the question usually reports a monkey or dolphin using sign language or clicks and pops to communicate with humans. The monkey has a family of little monkeys or the dolphin has several members of this family. The monkey can shop and balance a checkbook. Since this monkey and dolphin were so human-like, shouldn't his killing be a murder? Nope. Remember, human killing human. Hey, don't kill a K-9. Lots of trouble. Probably a felony. Lots of money. Even in the movies, you can kill mothers, fathers, grandparents, snakes, and even children, but if a dog is ever killed the movie will catch all kinds of grief.
- Q. In Arkansas do you have to allow both probation officer and police officers into your home for a routine home visit?
- A: I took this issue to the Arkansas Supreme Court and lost. The parolee agreed to allowing the parole officer search him at home and in his car. The local police stopped him, searched him, found contraband, arrested him. I argued that the agreement did not allow the police to search without a warrant. Arkansas Supreme Court changed the law to allow the police to search.
- Q. Does this law mean that a parolee and their property can be searched anytime based only on suspicion of neighbors?
- A: I took a similar issue to the Arkansas Supreme Court and lost. The parolee agreed to allowing the parole officer search him at home and in his car. The local police stopped him, searched him, found contraband, arrested him. I argued that the agreement did not allow the police to search without a warrant. Arkansas Supreme Court changed the law to allow the police to search. I say all that so you will know that a parolee can be searched just about any time and under just about any circumstances. The fact that the neighbors are the ones reporting will not make a difference.
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