A man who taught school in the Little Rock school system now faces several charges in connection with the shooting of another man who was at liberty on parole at that the time. Unlike a typical "shooting" case, the man who got shot wanted to have a bullet wound to his chest and had allegedly planned the whole thing with the teacher's help. Some reports say that the man wanted to get shot to gain the sympathy of a woman.
Most people in Arkansas may think that white collar crime takes place in the upper echelons of this country's largest corporations or in the seats of government. These crimes of dishonesty, some might think, are usually motivated by greed or lust for power. However, many ordinary parents, who arguably were only doing what they thought best for their children, have found themselves also facing prison terms and needing a criminal defense to protect their liberty in the face of accusations of dishonesty and deception.
Fraud is a punishable offense in both state and federal courts. Federal crimes are governed by federal statute and usually this will trump any state statute they may apply under certain circumstances. Fraud is the false representation of something in order to gain something unlawfully. Usually acts of fraud do not cause physical harm or serious bodily injury to their victims.
For those arrested and charged with a crime, asserting an appropriate defense is paramount. The accused can use a variety of different defenses in any given situation. Depending on the nature of the crime and the evidence that the authorities are bringing to the table, the defense employed is subject to change. The crime charged will dictate the criminal defense. Because crimes have different elements that have to be proven, understanding, knowing and defending against the elements is key in criminal defense cases. Long-term consequences can result if an appropriate defense is not mounted.
Felonies are prosecuted differently than misdemeanors. Factors that often determine whether a case will bring felony charges or be limited to misdemeantor status by Arkansas prosecutors are the elements involved in any given case. Knowing the elements of the alleged crime and the nuances of legal language can go a long way in helping frame an appropriate criminal defense.
Criminal cases often turn on the amount of evidence that is produced at trial and if the evidence submitted is sufficient to convict the accused. Depending on the nature of the criminal charges and the crime or crimes involved, defending against criminal charges can be extremely difficult to do. This difficulty lies in the complexity of criminal cases. All crimes have individualized elements that need to be proven in a court of law before conviction. Building a strong criminal defense is a necessary step in protecting individual rights and liberties.
A Little Rock, Arkansas, state senator has introduced an amendment to the state's existing anti-bullying laws. Originally passed in 2003, the amendment would include cyber bullying and social media language along with specific accountabilities for educators and administrators.
In a Supreme Court decision last week, the justices said Arkansas can retry a man for murder even though jurors were unanimously opposed to some charges and undecided on others. As a result, the man's first jury trial ended in a mistrial and the state set another trial date. This is normally the case when a hung jury cannot agree on the verdict. However, this Supreme Court decision will probably cause criminal defense attorneys to ensure that a jury's intentions are specific, closed to interpretation and entered into the court record in the future.