Everything from misdemeanors to felonies, DWI/DUIs, District Court Appeals, we are here to defend you. Don’t hesitate to call Leigh Law. Let us Roar to the Rescue!
Know, Protect, and Exercise Your Rights
Remember, police are concerned with aiding the prosecution in making a case against you. The vast majority of criminal cases end with the defendant pleading guilty because the accused talked to the police, not because the police necessarily had enough evidence to convict. The police can lie to you about evidence they have and circumstances to illicit a confession. Always exercise your right to stay silent and hire an attorney when in criminal trouble. If you have found yourself stopped by police, there are many things you have a constitutional “right” to do, including declining searches of your person or possessions.
Police are trained to act with authority when interacting with citizens. This can lead people to feel intimidated and voluntarily give up their rights! You have the right to say “no” to police searches. You have the right to not answer questions. If a police officer asks, “You wouldn’t mind if I took a look in your trunk?” you have the right to calmly say, “I do not consent to a warrantless search.”
You also have a responsibility to behave in a respectful manner that does not escalate the situation.
The criminal justice system is full of traps for defendants unfamiliar with the legal process. If you go along without an attorney, you could risk waiving your rights and harming your own interests. Don’t allow yourself to fall victim. Let Leigh Law provide the legal guidance and aggressive representation you need.
Traffic and misdemeanor charges are frequently brought in what is called District Court. In District Court, a criminal defendant does not have the option of a jury trial. The judge, and the judge alone, decides your guilt or innocence. District Court is an opportunity to resolve your case with a limited expense in attorney fees. The attorneys are often able to obtain favorable results in District Court and resolve the issue finally. However, if you don’t like the result then you can appeal the decision.
If you are found or plead guilty in District Court you have thirty days to file an appeal to Circuit Court, no questions asked. You do not have to state a basis for your appeal or otherwise justify why you think you should be able to get another chance at defending yourself. Once appealed, the case starts all over again with a different judge and a different prosecutor and a jury. It’s a complicated process to appeal and you must follow the rules strictly. If you want to appeal, contact us immediately!
In Arkansas, the law does not allow prosecutors from reducing or dismissing DWIs, which means your only choice is to plead guilty or go to trial. Leigh Law fights DWIs if there is a chance of prevailing at trial. If we don’t have grounds to win at trial, the goal turns to obtaining the best sentence for you. For a first offense the punishment includes a fine ranging from $150-1000, 1 day to one year in jail, alcohol and MADD classes, 6-month DL suspension, a reinstatement fee, and a required interlock on your vehicle. A conviction affects your future ability to obtain employment and increased insurance premiums. Many jobs will not keep or hire someone with a DWI.
From sex crimes to gun or drug crimes to violent crimes, Leigh Law is experienced in representing Defendants accused of a variety of charges. Freedom is one of the most important tenets of our society; your freedom is worth protecting vigorously and you only get one bite at the apple of proving you are not guilty!
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