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The importance of having a defense to white collar crime

Certain types of crime can be confusing as to whether it is really a crime or not. While Arkansas residents will automatically know that violence, theft, drug dealing and driving under the influence will likely lead to criminal charges, so-called "white collar crime" has more nuance.

Frequently, those who are charged with white collar crime will be facing prosecution at the federal level. The bottom line with these allegations is that they are based on deceptive practices being used to acquire financial gain. For example, money laundering can happen if criminal revenue is hidden and the money gained from it appears to have come from legitimate sources. Those who are accused of money laundering might be in a perfectly legal business. Bribery involves exchanging cash to receive benefits or it can involve providing something like a loan at zero interest to receive benefits.

Truck drivers facing allegations of drug crimes

Since drugs are such a perceived problem in Little Rock, throughout Arkansas and across the nation, law enforcement is intent on putting a stop to crimes related to it. That can involve people who are using it for themselves, those selling it at a street level, and those who are accused of being involved in drug trafficking and distribution. The penalties for these crimes can vary based on the charges. It is important for anyone who is arrested for drug crimes to understand the possibility of lengthy jail terms, fines, and other penalties that accompany a conviction and seek legal help to formulate a defense.

Of course you can challenge Breathalyzer results

Just because you received drunk driving charges from failing a Breathalyzer test doesn't mean that you have to accept them. It is generally wise to consider every legal opportunity you have to challenge charges you are facing. The stakes are too great to sit back and let the prosecution throw the book at you.

Depending on the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you may be able to challenge a Breathalyzer several ways, or may find additional grounds for challenge that do not include sobriety results at all.

Important points about DWI laws and penalties

Arkansas residents who find themselves under arrest for driving while intoxicated might not be fully cognizant of the different charges and penalties they can face if they are convicted. Knowing the different charges, the blood-alcohol content level requirements, what implied consent is, and the possible punishments when convicted are all part of crafting a strong defense when charged with DWI.

If a person has a BAC level of 0.08 percent or higher, then this is considered intoxicated. For drivers who are younger than 21, the BAC limit is 0.02 percent. As in many other states, Arkansas has a law of implied consent. This means that the simple act of driving gives law enforcement the right to seek a test to determine if there are intoxicating substances in the body. A driver who refuses the test will face penalties even if he or she was not under the influence at the time.

Couple arrested for marijuana drug crimes and other charges

It is important for Arkansas residents to realize that despite the ongoing national debate as to whether marijuana should be illegal or not, it is still against the law in Arkansas. People who are caught in acts that law enforcement believes to be related to its cultivation and sale will face charges for that. When placed under arrest for marijuana or any drug crimes, one of the main factors in the case's outcome is having a strong legal defense. Immediately after the arrest, this is the first call that should be made.

A man and a woman were arrested for having marijuana plants and drugs in their apartment. The 32-year-old man and the 28-year-old woman are also facing charges because there were two children, ages 6 and 3, at the residence. The man was stopped in his vehicle by law enforcement because he did not use a turn signal when he was driving. He is on parole. Traces of marijuana were found in the vehicle. He also had significant cash. When his apartment was searched, it was alleged that marijuana plants were found. There was also a loaded handgun.

What are the penalties for marijuana drug crimes?

Since marijuana is becoming legalized in some states, it can be confusing to people as to whether their state has legalized it, under what circumstances it might be legal, and if they can still face allegations of drug crimes should they have the substance. Arkansas residents should know that they can still face criminal charges for marijuana. However, it is legal for medical use. Knowing the various situations in which they can be charged and the penalties is important. Those who have been arrested for marijuana-related charges must also seek legal help to lodge a defense.

People with certain medical conditions can legally possess and use marijuana. If they are suffering from cancer, glaucoma, are HIV positive, have AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, Tourette's, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, PTSD, Alzheimer's, severe arthritis, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), all fall into the category of being allowed to use marijuana. Still, those who are selling or possessing it illegally can face charges.

Two charged with drug crimes, gun possession, car theft and more

In Arkansas, drug crimes are taken very seriously with harsh penalties for those who are convicted of them. The circumstances will inevitably vary with every case. For example, a person might be arrested with a minimal amount that was likely for personal use. Another might find him or herself in trouble with the law with an amount that is significant and is believed to have been earmarked for sale or distribution. Regardless, those who are placed under arrest for drug crimes should make sure they have a strong defense in place.

Two people were arrested after a police chase in which law enforcement alleges they found drugs and a stolen gun. The vehicle the suspects were in was also stolen. A law enforcement officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop of a pickup truck when the vehicle sped away. The officer gave chase. It is alleged that the people in the vehicle threw a bag out the window as they tried to get away. The bag had an estimated 1.4 pounds of methamphetamine in it. There were also prescription pills. A gun was also thrown out the window.

Early morning arrest leads to woman facing felony DWI charges

Being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated in Arkansas can spark a litany of penalties and problems in the short and long-terms. Law enforcement is constantly watching the roads for drivers who are exhibiting what they believe to be behaviors consistent with intoxication and will not hesitate to make a traffic stop to investigate. When a person is subjected to a traffic stop and charged with DWI, there will be a great deal to think about. One of the most important factors in a case is to have a strong legal defense to combat the charges as strongly as possible. This is especially true if the person has previously been charged and convicted for DWI as the penalties grow worse for subsequent arrests and convictions.

A 55-year-old woman was arrested for DWI at around 1 a.m. when a sheriff's deputy alleged that he saw a Chevrolet Monte Carlo enter a parking lot. Upon stopping to check the vehicle, he spoke to the driver and her 49-year-old passenger, also a female. He smelled intoxicating substances and instructed them to exit the vehicle. The officer sought to give the driver field sobriety tests, but she refused to submit to them. The deputy stated that the woman's eyes were red and bloodshot. She also smelled of intoxicants, was slurring her words, and had difficulty remaining steady. She was given a breath test and her blood alcohol content came up at 0.179 percent. The woman has been convicted of DWI 12 times in the past. Six have been in the previous decade.

It is wise to stay silent if you face fraud charges

The complexities of doing business in the modern world are often difficult to navigate, and many businesspeople may respond with panic and guilty behavior if they face unexpected allegations or charges of fraud.

In reality, allegations of fraud are quite common, and may not have any basis in fact. Unfortunately, many individuals who find themselves in this position make matters much worse for themselves by attempting to cover up perceived wrongdoing, rather than calmly addressing the matter with professional legal counsel and going about their business as they might any other day.

Can corporations be charged with white-collar crime?

The emphatic answer to the question above is, yes. If you are up to date on current affairs, you have heard of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. That case declared that corporations, being people, have the First Amendment right to donate funds as they wish to election campaigns.

That 2010 ruling wasn't the first regarding the concept of corporations having personhood. The idea of corporations, a group of people united for a purpose, has been around for hundreds of years. So, just as corporations have rights of individuals, they are subject to the same laws all individuals are, such as white-collar crimes, and the need to present a strong defense is just as important.

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