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Man charged with DWI and child endangerment

In Little Rock and across Arkansas, law enforcement is out in force looking for drivers who might be operating their vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Because the act of DWI is thought to be so dangerous, people must be aware of the steps taken by officers to make traffic stops, investigate allegations of DWI, and make arrests. For those who are charged with DWI, the level of penalties they might face will hinge on the circumstances under which they were arrested. Regardless, having legal assistance is one of the most important factors to get a positive resolution.

After receiving reports of a possible drunk driver, law enforcement was investigating a vehicle sitting in a parking lot. In it, they found a man passed out. In the backseat of the vehicle was a baby. The incident occurred at around 7 a.m. The man, 26, was tested for his blood-alcohol concentration and registered .14. That is almost two times the legal limit in the state. He was arrested and charged with a third-offense DWI. He also has a suspended driver license and was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.

Insurance fraud can be a trap to the unwary

When Little Rock residents think of white collar crime, the first thing that pops in their head may be that of a deliberately well-dressed person trying to sell goods or services that are obviously not what the person is representing that they are.

Others may think first of the perpetrators of those major unlawful corporate schemes that get reported from time to time, while still others may think of cybercrimes, corrupt accounting or other anonymous wrongdoing from the comfort of a desk.

Can I be charged with drug crimes for fraudulent practices?

In Arkansas, law enforcement and legislators are serious about preventing fraud with controlled substances. Although, street drugs are perceived to be a significant problem in society, prescription medications are increasingly being mentioned as causing damage to people who abuse them. Many prototypical "street" drugs can be acquired legally via prescription. Those who either seek to acquire these drugs fraudulently and those who are providing them fraudulently can face charges if they are caught and arrested. Understanding the law with fraudulent practices with controlled substances is integral to lodging a strong defense against these drug crimes.

When a drug that is classified as Schedule I or Schedule II is provided or sought via fraud, it is against the law. This applies to: practitioners who are providing the drug; people who seek to acquire or obtain the drug by misrepresenting, forging, committing fraud, deceiving, stealing or using subterfuge; furnishing material or information that is false or fraudulent or omits material when applying, reporting or from a record; and a person who distributes, possesses or makes an item that will reproduce a mark that identifies a drug label or container to make it counterfeit. It is also illegal to give the controlled substance to another person a controlled substance and substitute a non-controlled substance instead of what was initially requested.

Defending yourself against an embezzlement charge

Many people in positions of administrative power, for example corporate workers, become accused of embezzlement. However, an accusation of embezzlement does not mean that you are necessarily guilty of the crime, and it is possible to defend yourself through an application of the law and a coherent explanation of your actions.

There are several different types of embezzlement, but one of the most common forms is accounting embezzlement, and this is the type of embezzlement that will be focused on in this article.

Rear-end crash leads to allegations of drug crimes

In Arkansas, there is often a perception that being arrested for driving while intoxicated is generally limited to alcohol. However, it can also involve drugs. When a person is arrested for DWI drugs and other drug crimes, the charges can be significant. This is especially true if there is an accident and the person has drugs on his or her person. Then the case takes a drastic turn and the potential penalties are much more substantial. In such a circumstance, having legal help is imperative from the time of the arrest and beyond.

A rear-end crash in which a vehicle ran into a backhoe led to the driver's arrest. The incident occurred on the state highway as a 42-year-old woman hit the rear of the backhoe as it was moving slowly. When emergency personnel arrived, they opened the door of the vehicle. A glass drug pipe dropped from the car. The law enforcement officer examined the pipe and determined that it had what he believed to be methamphetamine. When searching the vehicle, the officer also found a gram of methamphetamine in a wallet. The female driver was hospitalized for injuries suffered in the accident. Blood was taken to be analyzed. She was charged with a felony for possession the controlled substance, DWI and other charges.

Having a lawyer is crucial when facing distribution drug crimes

Little Rock residents and those throughout Arkansas who find themselves under investigation and arrested for drug crimes should know the difference in charges and penalties between possession and distribution. While there are penalties for people who are caught with certain amounts of drugs whether it is for their own use or for low-level sale, people who are charged with distribution will face harsher penalties. In any case, having legal assistance is a must.

This is applicable for something that is seen to be relatively innocuous amid debates of legalization like marijuana and harder drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin. For those who are charged with drug distribution -- also known as drug trafficking -- there are certain levels the person will have in his or her possession to warrant the charges. With methamphetamine or cocaine, the person will be charged with trafficking if they have 0.44 pounds (200 grams) or more. For heroin, LSD, peyote and any drug that is Schedule I or II apart from cocaine and methamphetamine, it is also 0.44 pounds or 200 grams.

Former college football running back arrested for drug crimes

Because drugs are such a prominent issue in Arkansas and law enforcement is seeking to reduce it and the crimes related to it, there are constantly investigations into possible wrongdoing related to drugs. Included in that is marijuana, which remains illegal in the state, even with many other states taking steps to reduce the penalties related to it and even legalize it entirely. When there is an arrest of anyone on marijuana charges, having legal assistance from a law firm that specializes in drug defense is essential.

A former running back for the Arkansas Razorbacks was arrested on drug charges. The former player, 23, was allegedly found to have more than one pound of marijuana in his possession. He also had materials to package it, cash and digital scales. He was in a rental car when law enforcement stopped him for speeding at around 7 p.m. Officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle and found the drugs and other items. The man is facing charges of possession of a controlled substance and other charges for drug crimes.

College athlete charged with DWI in Arkansas

When residents are arrested for driving while intoxicated, the consequences can go beyond jail time, fines, lost driving privileges and other basic penalties. A DWI puts educational and career opportunities at risk, which is why it is imperative to craft a strong defense. A law firm that has experience in DWI cases is critical toward this end.

For example, an athlete for the University of Arkansas was arrested for DWI. The athlete, a competitor in track and field, who reached All-American status five times was stopped in the early morning hours shortly after 3 a.m. Law enforcement stated that he violated several traffic laws, serving as the catalyst for the stop. The student-athlete, 21, was found to be driving with an expired driver's license and did not have proof of insurance, and he was cited for careless driving.

Is it legal to yell or swear at police during a stop?

With all the focus on police brutality and deadly police encounters over the last several years, it is easy to forget that many police interactions are not nearly as tense or potentially deadly as others. Some individuals may even find it tempting to speak rudely to police during an interaction, although that is certainly a dangerous course of action.

However, in many cases, speaking rudely to a police officer is perfectly legal, if inadvisable. In many cases, it is wisest to remain as silent as possible and tell police that you wish to speak with an attorney before answering questions beyond giving a police officer your name and providing your official identification.

Man arrested for DWI and fleeing after accident

When there is a car accident and allegations of driving while intoxicated in Arkansas, the person who is confronted by these charges will undoubtedly be fearful of the consequences. That can lead to making mistakes on top of the DWI allegations, such as fleeing the scene. When a driver does this, it compounds the issues he or she will face as there is a significant likelihood that law enforcement will locate the driver who fled. Regardless, having a strong defense is a key factor in a positive outcome.

For example, recently, a man was arrested after he had a car crash while allegedly under the influence and fled the scene. The accident occurred in the evening at around 6 p.m. as the 21-year-old man is believed to have hit a curb, sign and then ran onto the grass.

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