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December 2017 Archives

Violent crimes require intensive investigation of the facts

The Arkansas State Police have arrested a 27-year-old man who allegedly started a fire at a residence on Dec. 21 to cover up a child's death. They have charged the accused with the violent crimes of first-degree murder and arson. The accused had originally claimed that the gas explosion to the house was not any of his doing, according to police.

Drug crimes fall into different categories. Here are 4 of them

At some point in your life, you might find yourself having to deal with a difficult predicament. If the situation is serious enough, law enforcement could become involved. Officers may suspect that you were involved in some sort of criminal activity, and as a result, you may now face serious criminal charges that you will need to address in an appropriate manner.

Violent crimes: Arkansas man charged with murder

A man accused of shooting another man 22 times has been arrested on homicide charges, according to local sources. Arkansas police in Baxter County arrested the 59-year-old man after he allegedly shot another boarding house resident. He was held on a $1 million bond, common for suspects in violent crimes, and was due in court as of Dec. 14. 

Arkansas man charged with drug crimes

A man is facing a litany of charges following a bizarre incident in Jonesboro, according to authorities. Arkansas police arrested the 27-year-old man after he was found allegedly trespassing on private property while brandishing a sword. The man faces drug crimes charges as well as several other charges associated with his alleged actions. So far, no court date has been announced. 

Understanding the plea bargaining process

Plea bargaining is a frequently used tool in the American legal system. It's estimated that plea bargains occur in nine out of 10 criminal cases-thereby preventing these cases from ever going to trial. If you've been accused of a crime, it's important that you understand what plea bargaining entails. Here are the basics:

U.S. Supreme Court case may impact cell phone data privacy

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides protection to all people from unreasonable search and seizure of their person, home, papers and effects. In the more than 200 years since this document was drafted, a lot has changed in terms of how we define privacy. In the modern era, there is a question of whether "papers and effects" also encompasses property such as digital data.

2 Arkansas residents charged with drug crimes

Two residents of Jacksonville have been placed under arrest after police allegedly found drugs inside a home, according to local sources. Arkansas authorities arrested a 36-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man, both of whom now face charges pertaining to drug crimes. As of this report, the woman appears to have been released from custody, but the man remains behind bars in a county jail. No court date has been announced. 

Probation and parole revocation on the rise in Arkansas

If you've been convicted of a crime, getting probation or parole can seem like winning the lottery. You've avoided going to jail, and you want to be sure to do everything in your power to keep it that way. If you live in Arkansas, you're going to want to be especially careful to follow the terms outlined by the judge, because the judicial system doesn't take breaches lightly.

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