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Misdemeanor Crimes in Little Rock, AR
Arrested for a Misdemeanor? Call a Little Rock Misdemeanor Attorney!
A misdemeanor is a crime that is less serious than a felony. Misdemeanors are punishable by a fine, probation, or imprisonment in a county jail for no more than one year. Many misdemeanor crimes are also considered public drunkenness in Arkansas, which means that you can be arrested for the crime even if you have not committed a crime but have merely been accused of one. The police can arrest you for a misdemeanor even if there is no warrant out for your arrest. The police can also stop you on the street and ask you to empty your pockets, which is a violation of your constitutional rights.
At Collins, Collins & Ray, our Little Rock misdemeanor attorneys can defend you against the penalties for a misdemeanor crime. We can work to get the charges against you reduced or dropped, and we can work to get you the least restrictive penalties possible.
Types of Misdemeanors in Arkansas
In Arkansas, the common types of misdemeanors can vary, but here are some examples:
- Simple Assault: This involves intentionally causing physical injury to another person or engaging in conduct that puts them in fear of immediate bodily harm.
- Shoplifting: This refers to the act of stealing merchandise from a retail store without paying for it.
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI): Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Disorderly Conduct: Behaviors that disturb the peace, such as public intoxication, fighting in public, or using offensive language.
- Trespassing: Unauthorized entry or remaining on another person's property without their permission.
- Petty Theft: Stealing property or goods of low value.
- Reckless Driving: Operating a motor vehicle in a manner that endangers others, such as excessive speeding or ignoring traffic rules.
- Harassment: Engaging in conduct that causes emotional distress or threatens the safety of another person.
- Criminal Mischief: Willful and malicious damage or destruction of another person's property.
- Possession of Marijuana: Possessing a small amount of marijuana for personal use, which is considered a misdemeanor in Arkansas.
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you can be arrested, even if there is no warrant out for your arrest. The police can stop you on the street and ask you to empty your pockets, which is a violation of your constitutional rights.
What are the Penalties for a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors in Arkansas are divided into three classes, Class A (the most serious), Class B, and Class C (the least serious).
A Class C misdemeanor is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 30 days and a fine not exceeding $500. A Class B misdemeanor carries a jail term of up to 90 days and a maximum fine of $1,000. Lastly, a Class A misdemeanor is punishable by a jail sentence of up to one year and a fine no more than $2,500.
How Can a Little Rock Misdemeanor Attorney Help?
If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you need a Little Rock misdemeanor attorney who is experienced in defending clients against misdemeanor charges. At Collins, Collins & Ray, we have handled thousands of cases, and we know how to get charges reduced or dropped. We know how to work with prosecutors to get you the best possible deal, and we know how to work with judges to get you the least restrictive penalties. If you are facing misdemeanor charges, call our Little Rock misdemeanor lawyers today.
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