Attorneys Who Are Certified To Defend Death-Penalty Cases

The Arkansas Public Defender Commission has certified the Law Firm to represent defendants charged with capital murder. We understand the great responsibility that goes along with defending those whose lives are on the line.

When everything's at stake, you need a strong and experienced advocate. Your attorney must know the law and the facts of your case and be prepared to out-work the prosecution. Regardless of whether a family member asks us to intervene for a loved one or we are appointed by the court, we give our clients all we've got.

Arkansas Death-Penalty Offenses

Amid repeated constitutional challenges, no one has been executed in Arkansas since 2005. As recently as June 2012, the state Supreme Court ruled that the current execution law is unconstitutional.

But Arkansas's capital murder law is still on the books. It authorizes the death penalty when a person, with "extreme indifference to the value of human life," kills someone while committing or attempting to commit any of the following felonies:

  • Terrorism
  • Premeditated murder
  • Murder for hire
  • Murder of a minor younger than 14
  • Rape
  • Kidnapping
  • Vehicular piracy
  • First-degree escape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated robbery
  • Residential burglary
  • Commercial burglary
  • Aggravated residential burglary
  • Arson
  • Drug trafficking
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Manufacture of Methamphetamine
  • Manufacture of Schedule I, II, III, IV, V, or VI controlled substances
  • Delivery of a Controlled Substance
  • Murder of any law enforcement officer, jailer, prison official, firefighter, judge or other court official, probation officer, parole officer, military personnel, teacher or school employee, or public official
  • Purposely discharges a firearm from a vehicle at a person or at a vehicle, residential or commercial building that the person has good reason to believe is occupied by a person

Special Procedures In Death-Penalty Cases

If the jury in a capital murder trial votes to convict, the trial goes into a second phase, in which the homicide defense attorneys may present evidence of mitigating circumstances and the prosecution presents evidence of aggravating circumstances.

We Have Provided High-Stakes Criminal Defense Since 1994

At the Law Firm in Little Rock, we are not intimidated by the magnitude of the charges against you. Our attorneys and staff work with a common purpose — your acquittal.

Our team of lawyers is available 24/7, and we defend clients throughout Arkansas. We offer flat fees for all cases.

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