Have you ever wondered what you'd do if a police officer were to pull you over and ask you to take a field sobriety test? Perhaps you recently lived through just such an experience. You may have felt nervous or afraid, but also wondered if you were legally obligated to submit to the tests. Knowing your rights ahead of time can really come in handy if you do wind up in a situation where a police officer is asking you to step out of your vehicle.
Have you been accused of taking money or property from an employer or clients? Embezzling is a serious crime in Arkansas and elsewhere. If convicted for such a crime, the consequences can be quite severe.
Do you ever feel that a police officer or other law enforcement official overstepped his or her bounds? It is not an uncommon feeling. In fact, many individuals accused of crimes feel that way. In some cases, if authorities failed to follow proper protocol, their actions may be illegal. The Fourth Amendment guarantees Arkansas residents the right to be free from unlawful searches and seizures in places where they have an expectation of privacy -- even in the realm of criminal law.
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.
Facing accusations of having committed a violent crime places your future in the balance. Arkansas prosecutors and detectives have told you the evidence is stacking up against you, and they have eyewitnesses who will testifying to seeing you at the scene of the crime. They may tell you that the confidence of the eyewitness means that your best bet is to accept a plea and the sentence that goes with it.
You were probably overjoyed to learn that the Arkansas Parole Board had approved you for parole. The time you spent behind bars was likely not pleasant, and you really have no desire to go back. With some careful planning and good decisions, you may get your wish and spend the remainder of your sentence in the real world, perhaps rebuilding your life.
No matter the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you may have felt your situation was dire after hearing the evidence against you. Perhaps you sat in the courtroom and listened as experts testified that the forensic evidence gathered from the scene pointed to you. They were confident in their analysis and told the jury that their conclusions were based on science.
From the earliest age, you learned who you are. You learned to write your name, and that name identified you to your teachers and friends. As you grew, your identity became attached to many important things – your children, your Arkansas home, your job. However, the many assets and accomplishments a person acquires through his or her identity are constantly vulnerable to identity theft.
Unexpectedly, you may have found yourself facing serious criminal charges. The situation may seem like a bad dream, but in reality, you know you have a legal predicament that needs your utmost attention. If authorities have accused you of drug possession or distribution, you may wonder what you could face in the near future when it comes to addressing your case.
Whether you face charges for drug crimes, white collar crimes or violent crimes (any crime, in fact), you may be aware that you have a right under the United States Constitution to be free from unreasonable (and illegal) searches and seizures. This means that Arkansas law enforcement officials involved in your case must have a legal right to conduct a search or to seize your property.