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Criminal Defense Lawyers

If you were arrested or charged with a crime in Arkansas, do not hesitate to contact the Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC for assistance. We might be able to represent you and provide the legal defense you need to get the charges you face reduced or dropped entirely.

We know how overwhelming it can be when you get arrested. The consequences can extend to every part of your life. You could lose your job, your reputation could be ruined, and undue hardship for your family could result. You might need to serve time in prison and will likely experience challenges upon your release. The arrest and trial could negatively affect you for the rest of your life, even if you don’t end up with a criminal conviction.

The Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC is ready to represent you against the charges you face. When you hire us, we will review the circumstances of the alleged offense and create a strategy to defend you during the trial. You won’t have to face this traumatic experience alone. We will fight by your side until the end to secure your freedom and future.

If you want to meet with one of our criminal defense lawyers in Ozark, AR, for a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal options, call 479-222-6773 today.

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Why You Should Hire a Defense Attorney

Some people decide not to seek legal representation following an arrest. Others choose to hire a public defender. While these two options are available for you to choose from, neither is likely to benefit your case. You could end up with the maximum sentence possible or face additional charges tacked on by an aggressive prosecutor.

When your future is on the line, you should consult a trusted and experienced criminal defense lawyer from the Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC. We have years of experience defending clients against charges for various crimes in Arkansas. We have the resources to investigate what happened and secure valuable evidence to prove your case. We will argue against the prosecutor’s theories and try to find a way to create doubt in the juror’s minds so they cannot convict you.

Crimes We Defend

At the Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC, our Farmington criminal defense lawyers take cases involving a range of criminal offenses, including:

  • Assault
  • DWI
  • Theft crimes
  • Drug charges
  • Misdemeanor offenses
  • Felonies

Don’t put your trust in an inexperienced lawyer. Let the Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC be your legal advocate and fight to protect your rights during the criminal proceedings. We bring extensive knowledge and skill to every case we take. You will be our top priority while we work to build a solid defense and prepare for your upcoming appearance in court.

Sentencing Guidelines for Crimes in Arkansas

When you face criminal charges, they will fall under a misdemeanor or felony classification. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes, such as public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Felonies include offenses such as:

  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Human trafficking
  • Rape

Arkansas imposes sentencing guidelines depending on whether the charge is for a felony or misdemeanor offense. These guidelines include a maximum prison term and a fine the defendant could receive. Some crimes don’t fall under a specific classification. The sentence and fine will depend on the specific statute for that offense.

  • Class C Misdemeanor
    • Up to 30 days in jail
    • No more than a $500 fine
  • Class B Misdemeanor
    • A maximum of 90 days in jail
    • Up to a $1,000 fine
  • Class A Misdemeanor
    • Imprisonment not to exceed one year
    • A maximum of a $2,500 fine

A misdemeanor conviction comes with minimal jail time. However, the judge could elevate the charge to a felony depending on various aggravating factors, such as the age of the victim, location of the crime, and the defendant’s criminal history.

  • Class D Felony
    • Up to a $10,000 fine
    • No more than six years in prison
  • Class C Felony
    • Between three and ten years in prison
    • A fine not to exceed $10,000
  • Class B Felony
    • No more than a $15,000 fine
    • Five to 20 years imprisonment
  • Class A Felony
    • Between six and 30 years in prison
    • Up to a $15,000 fine
  • Class Y Felony
    • Ten to 40 years or life imprisonment

The court will presume a felony is a Class D felony if the criminal statute considers the crime a felony but doesn’t specify the class. Every class involves numerous offenses and penalties under state law. The sentence you face will depend on your previous convictions and the circumstances of the crime. It’s vital to contact the Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC before your case begins so we can determine whether the charge you face is fair based on contributing factors.

Common Defenses to Criminal Charges

The Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC will discuss every aspect of your case with you and advise you about the possible defense we can use. The prosecution’s job is to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Our job is to instill doubt among the jury so they can’t convict you of the charge you face.

Common defense strategies our Ozark criminal defense lawyers use include:

Innocence

The most basic defense is to show you didn’t commit the crime. If you have a solid alibi, we can discuss it and provide supporting evidence at your trial. For example, we can present security camera footage that shows you at a restaurant at the time of the offense.

Constitutional rights violation

Everyone has rights following an arrest. Even if law enforcement suspects you of a crime or books you on charges, you can invoke your rights at any time. We might be able to argue that the arresting office violated your rights by performing an illegal search and seizure. We could file a motion to have the evidence they found suppressed so the prosecutor can’t present it to the jury.

Self-defense

In assault cases and other circumstances that caused someone’s injury or death, we could argue self-defense. Using physical force to protect yourself or someone else might have been necessary.

Lack of intent

Convicting someone of a criminal offense might depend on proving intent. There might be evidence, such as witness testimony, that you didn’t intend to commit the crime. It doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t engage in illegal acts. However, the offense might have happened because you were under the influence of alcohol.

Lack of evidence

Sometimes, we can negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor. It might be possible if there isn’t enough evidence against you to prove you’re guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Coercion or duress

We might be able to argue that you committed the offense because you feared for your safety or life. Someone could have forced you to participate in the crime, and you felt like you had no other option but to go along with it.

The Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC will discuss every aspect of your case with you and advise you about the possible defense we can use. The prosecution’s job is to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Our job is to instill doubt among the jury so they can’t convict you of the charge you face.

Common defense strategies our Ozark criminal defense lawyers use include:

Call Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC to schedule your free legal consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. 479-222-6773

Why Hire the Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC?

It might seem like a straightforward process to defend yourself against certain crimes, including misdemeanor offenses. Although you think you can proceed with your case without a defense team, you will likely encounter challenges you don’t know how to overcome. You shouldn’t attempt to take on the responsibility yourself. You could end up making a mistake that negatively affects the outcome.

The Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC provides dependable legal services to every client who hires us. We are proud of the reputation we have built since opening our firm. We know how to obtain evidence and locate key witnesses to fight the prosecutor in court. You can expect one-on-one attention and support from start to finish of the legal process. We will stand by your side while working on a plan to try to meet the unique needs of your case.

Your best chance of getting your case dismissed or sentencing reduced is to pursue immediate action. You shouldn’t wait and see what happens after getting arrested for a crime. It’s critical to invoke your right to speak with an attorney right away and contact us. We can begin our work and locate valuable evidence before it goes missing. We will handle all the necessary aspects of the legal matter to try to resolve it efficiently so you can get your life back on track.

The Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC believes everyone deserves the opportunity to defend themselves. Whether you face a felony or misdemeanor charge, it is your right to seek legal representation and fight for your freedom. We will pursue a lenient punishment, dismissed case, or a lesser charge, depending on the circumstances of the crime. You can count on us to consider every option based on the facts of your case.

Contact Us

The Ozark criminal defense lawyers of the Powell & Rose Law Firm, PLLC don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to the cases we handle. We know we must tailor our services to each client’s situation. You face a stressful and scary legal journey. Let us take on the responsibility of planning your defense so you can focus on your personal responsibilities.

If you were arrested or charged with a criminal offense, call us at 479-222-6773 right now. We have offices in Ozark, Farmington, and Fort Smith, AR, and one in Sallisaw, OK. We will be happy to meet you for a free case evaluation and let you know whether we can represent you.