Violent crime charges often come with time in prison when a person is convicted. Anyone who is charged with this type of crime has the right to get a defense together against the charges and work to present it during a trial before a jury of peers.
A man who confessed to the Feb. 2001 killing of a transient woman walked out of an Arkansas prison after the first-degree murder charge he was convicted of was dismissed by a Crawford County Circuit Court judge. That dismissal followed a motion that was filed by a special prosecutor from Fort Smith.
Some people wonder why a country that gives its citizens the constitutional right to bear arms would have such strict gun laws. The short answer to this is that there is a need to balance these rights with public safety. For example, a person who commits murder using a gun probably wouldn't be a safe person to give a gun to.
When most people hear the word homicide, they likely think of some gruesome murder. That isn't the case. From a legal standpoint, homicide encompasses any death that was caused by another person. If you are being investigated for a homicide, there are some specific points you should know.
Assault and other violent crimes can be very difficult to defend yourself against. These crimes often have evidence that can be complex. In a previous blog post, we discussed the case of the man who was recently convicted of murdering his own child. That is only one example of the types of actions that can fall under the violent crimes category.
A Benton County man was found guilty of murdering his 6-year-old son in November 2015. Many people, including five of the man's other children and step-children, believe this was justice well-served. The death of the 6-year-old stemmed from brutal acts of sodomy including a stick, which eventually led to sepsis from internal injuries. The man's wife is scheduled also for a future trial facing capital murder charges.
In Arkansas and all jurisdictions, criminal defense attorneys know that they must work very hard to give the best and most vigorous defense to their clients. In particular, the attorney must research the case thoroughly, and he or she must become intimately familiar with all of the potential ins and outs that may come up in violent crimes cases. The best outcomes in such matters are often enjoyed by those defendants fortunate enough to find an experienced criminal defense attorney who can deftly maneuver the procedural protocols with the greatest of ease.
The police in Arkansas and elsewhere tend to suspect convicted felons of committing new crimes more so than persons with no record. That is why a good criminal defense attorney will not hold the 'convicted felon' tag against a person accused of weapons\-related offenses when that attorney evaluates the case. The seasoned practitioner is likely to know that a convicted felon is more vulnerable to new charges simply because he or she is a convicted felon. The authorities generally find it easier to latch on to a suspect if there is a past record upon which to build a new list of aspersions.
Picking a jury in a controversial criminal case in Arkansas or elsewhere can be a frustrating exercise. It is also a critical stage where the verdict may be cast in cement before the actual trial even begins. Arkansas and other states try to assure the elimination of biased jurors, but the great danger of the system is that sometimes the wrong person fools both sides and gets a seat in order to follow a personal agenda. Clearly, the drama and the importance of jury selection increases when the charges involve an alleged homicide, such as involuntary manslaughter.
When a person is arrested in Arkansas on a homicide charge, it is vital for the suspect to speak with defense counsel as quickly as possible. Statements should not be given to the police or other persons until legal counsel is present to assure the individual of his or her rights. A man was arrested in White County recently on a suspicion of capital murder charge in connection with his wife's death.