Arkansas Criminal Defense Overview

cuffed man in jumpsuitIn the movies, when someone finds themselves in a tight legal spot, they say they are going to “call their lawyer.” In reality, most people don’t have a lawyer on call, because the average person living their life doesn’t plan to be arrested. Unfortunately, sometimes circumstances occur that thrust a person into the legal system unexpectedly. When this happens, it is normal to be unsure of all of your legal rights or be unprepared for the legal process. That is why it is so important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side to explain what your options are and what will happen to you. The Law Office of Patrick J. Benca is an Arkansas firm which understands that good people can find themselves in bad situations. We protect such people from being treated unfairly by the system. If you require the services of a criminal defense attorney call us for a free consultation at 501-353-0024.

Attorneys handling Little Rock, Arkansas felony cases

There are two major kinds of crimes – felonies and misdemeanors. A felony is the most serious type of crime you can be charged with. A crime is generally classified as a felony if there is violence involved or if there are “aggravating” factors. The punishment for felonies include at least one year of incarceration, imprisonment served in a prison facility instead of county jail, potentially large criminal fines, and in rare and unusual circumstances, the death penalty. Our attorneys are experienced in helping individuals charged with these serious crimes successfully defend themselves in trial and reach favorable plea bargains when appropriate. Some of the types of felonies we handle include:

We also assist those who have previously been convicted of a felony but now require additional legal assistance. These situations may include expunging an Arkansas criminal record, defending against the revocation of probation, or petitioning the Court for early release from probation. Whatever your situation, we are ready to assist you. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of Arkansas.

Contact an attorney immediately if you are charged with a crime

If you or a loved one has been arrested or is under investigation for a felony offense, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. If you have not yet been arrested, our office can provide counsel, ensure that your rights are protected, and that you are not manipulated into providing evidence against yourself. Once you are arrested, an arraignment will occur within 24-hours, where you will be officially charged and read your rights, and a bond hearing will occur. Your lawyer will fight to prove that bail should be set while you await trial. From there, your case will be handled in the Circuit Court. A case can be resolved or dismissed during several different stages of the criminal process. In order to win the most favorable outcome, it is imperative that you hire an attorney as early on as possible during the process. Contact our office today for a free consultation.