Criminal Law Areas

Violent Crimes

Violent crimes usually result in severe penalties that will change a person’s life forever  If you’ve been arrested and charged with a violent crime, it is vital to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who will fight creatively and aggressively on your behalf. State law recognizes “justifications” to some violent crimes, such as self-defense, defense of others, or defense of the home.

Drug Related Crimes

Arkansas reorganized its drug offenses in 2011 to lessen the penalties for lower level offenses, but it increased the penalties of the top level offenses to new “trafficking” crimes. The larger drug possession and conspiracy cases go to federal court where the penalties can be more harsh than under state law.

Drug possession cases can also involve forfeitures of vehicles used to haul drugs or cash or the cash itself. Sometimes even houses are subject to forfeiture for dealing drugs out of the house. Many of these cases involve search and seizure, and Mr. Hall is a nationally recognized author and expert in the law of search and seizure.

Sexual Offenses

Convicted sex offenders are punished twice. First is the conviction, and second is the stigmatization of having to register as a sex offender for 15 years to life.  For an creative and experienced sex offense defense lawyer, contact our criminal defense attorneys.

Property Crimes

Property crimes such as breaking and entering, burglary, and trespassing are serious criminal cases that, depending on several factors, can haunt a person for the rest of his life. Arson is treated almost as a violent crime because firemen come and are at risk of injury fighting the fire, as are people who sometimes are trapped inside. Also, federal courts consider prior convictions for burglary to be “violent crimes.” Contact Our Arkansas Criminal Defense Lawyers Now. Free Evaluation.

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes are often more complex and involved than other criminal offenses. They are tried differently from violent crimes or “street crimes.” Sometimes while collar investigations are pending for a year or more before charges are filed. If you or a loved one are under investigation, it is important to secure representation from an attorney who is experienced with these cases as soon as you know the investigation is underway.

Firearms Offenses

The second Amendment guarantees to individuals the right to possess commercially produced firearms, but it doesn’t protect felons in possession of firearms, those convicted of even domestic violence offenses and those adjudicated with mental illnesses.  Most state laws grant permits for license holders to have a “carry permit” if they have a background check.  The federal government aggressively prosecutes felon in possession cases nationwide. The Department of Justice has published a quick reference to federal firearms laws.