Experienced Law Firm Offers Comprehensive Representation In Criminal Law & Appeals In Arkansas
Defense attorneys in Benton defend your rights
Huffman Butler, PLLC represents clients in criminal defense cases at the trial and appellate level. With more than 30 years of combined legal experience, we are a top choice among criminal defense attorneys in central Arkansas. We are experienced in navigating complex laws. If the prosecutor’s case is not perfect, we find the flaws and use them to your advantage.
When arrested, you need a qualified attorney to defend you
Being arrested is always serious. A conviction for even the smallest infraction of the law will follow you for the rest of your life. Know your rights. If you have been arrested, you have the right to remain silent and you have the right to an attorney. After asking for the second, you should do the first. The more you talk to law enforcement officers, the more they build a case against you. Your best option is to request a Benton criminal defense lawyer and then sit tight until one arrives.
Criminal charges can have serious consequences
We always try to get your charges dropped or reduced. Once we know exactly what you are being charged with, we sit with you and discuss every detail about your case. We can try to settle your case or we can take it to trial. Either way, we are always prepared to fight for you, protect your rights and get you the best possible outcome. Some of the cases we handle include:
- Felonies — Arkansas has six differing classifications of felonies. Murder, rape, kidnapping and arson are considered the most serious crimes. However, all felonies carry serious penalties, such as lengthy jail time, significant fines and even the possibility of death. Felonies also impact your gun rights, including the revocation of your license to carry a concealed weapon
- Murder and homicide — Arkansas law divides homicide into several different charges. For instance, a defendant accused of intentionally taking the life of another person with premeditated intent faces criminal charges of murder. Murder is classified as the most serious type of felony (Class Y) and is punishable by not less than ten years and not more than 40 years or life in prison
- Assault, domestic violence and battery — Assault and battery are two separate charges in Arkansas. Assault involves the threat of committing violence, while battery is defined as actually carrying out violence. When a family or household member alleges either of these crimes, you may also face domestic violence charges
- Drug crimes — There are numerous types of drug crimesunder Arkansas law. Possible charges include possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute or sell and delivery, prescription medication offenses and manufacture of a controlled substance. Many crimes can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony — and this can make a big difference in how your case is handled
- Criminal DUI and DWI — Arkansas imposes strict penalties on individuals convicted of drunk driving, including the loss of your driver’s license, monetary fines and even jail time. Penalties for a first conviction include one day to one year in jail or public service, $150–$1,000 in fines, a six-month license suspension, required ignition interlock device, attendance in an alcohol education or treatment program, and attendance at a victim impact panel
- Sex crimes — Sexual offenses under Arkansas law include rape, statutory rape, sex with a minor, sexual assault, indecent exposure, molestation and child pornography. If you’re convicted of a sex crime, you not only face jail time, but will likely also be required to register as a sex offender
- Crimes by juveniles —Minors accused of such crimes as vandalism, shoplifting or breaking and entering face juvenile detention, financial penalties or even trial as an adult
An experienced lawyer can appeal your criminal conviction
A criminal conviction does not have to be the last word in your case. You have the right to an appellate review. If you choose to appeal your case, it is important to act quickly. In Arkansas state courts, you must file a notice of appeal with the circuit clerk within 30 days. In federal criminal cases, you only have 14 days to file an appeal.
There are many potential grounds for appeal in a criminal case, including:
- Legal errors — The judge improperly admitted evidence, provided incorrect jury instructions or allowed insufficient evidence to support a guilty verdict
- Juror misconduct — The jurors failed to uphold their obligations by conducting unsanctioned experiments, relying on information gathered outside of the courtroom (i.e., from news reports, the Internet or social media), or communicating with witnesses or counsel
- Ineffective assistance of counsel — Your trial attorney made mistakes in your case, which directly lead to your conviction
The goal of the appeal is to convince the appellate court that the trial court’s errors unfairly prejudiced the outcome. You cannot retry the case. Your attorney relies on the record of the trial proceedings (the motions, hearings and evidence) and written legal arguments (called briefs) to persuade the court that there are adequate grounds to grant your appeal.
A successful appeal may not always result in the dismissal of the charges and your release from prison. Other potential remedies secured by post-conviction relief include a new trial and modification of your sentence.
Professional and reliable central Arkansas & Saline County criminal defense attorneys at your service
If you have been charged with a crime, you face serious consequences. At Huffman Butler, PLLC our clients receive personalized attention and quality legal care. Call 501-315-5297 or book an appointment on our online scheduler. We offer flexible office hours and convenient office locations in central Arkansas.