Being charged with a crime can be very overwhelming. Whether you are facing charges or your loved one has been charged, you should promptly seek help from an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook, our talented team of legal professionals has aggressively defended our clients in Arkansas and Oklahoma for decades. We strongly believe that everyone deserves a vigorous defense and will hold the prosecution to its burden of proof. We are often able to secure favorable dispositions for our clients so that they can get back to living their lives.
Understanding Criminal Law
In criminal law, offenses are categorized by their seriousness. Less serious crimes are deemed misdemeanors, while crimes that are serious in nature are called felonies. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook can help clients defend against crimes at all levels, from minor misdemeanors to felonies that carry the potential consequence of life in prison. When clients retain our criminal defense attorneys, we investigate the evidence being used against them and review all police reports and other documentation. We may then use investigators to locate and interview witnesses who can help us uncover mitigating evidence that we can use in negotiations for our clients.
The hard work that we put into preparing our cases helps us obtain favorable outcomes for our clients. When people are facing the loss of liberty, the stakes are very high. It is important for you to have a dedicated criminal defense attorney who is willing to fight for you and your rights.
Because misdemeanors are regarded as less severe when compared to felonies, some people mistakenly believe that they are not worth taking seriously. However, if you are charged with a misdemeanor in Arkansas, you might face up to 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine for a class C misdemeanor, which is the least serious type of misdemeanor in the state. A class B misdemeanor conviction can result in a jail sentence of up to 90 days and a fine of $1,000, and a class A misdemeanor conviction can result in a jail sentence of up to 12 months and a fine of up to $2,500.
In addition, being convicted of a misdemeanor will mean that you have a criminal record, which can make it harder for you to find a job and housing. If you are charged with a misdemeanor offense, it is important for you to consult a criminal defense attorney quickly so that you can effectively defend yourself against the charge.
DWIs and DUIs
DWI and DUI charges are very common in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and these cases are treated harshly by the courts. If you are convicted as a first-time DWI offender, you may face both administrative and criminal penalties. A first offense may result in the loss of your driving privileges for several months, a jail sentence ranging from 24 hours to 12 months, fines up to $1,000, mandatory alcohol classes, and more.
Securing the legal representation of an experienced criminal defense attorney may help you secure a plea offer to a lesser offense or to an alternative sentence that does not include any jail time. If our criminal defense attorneys find that the law enforcement officer completed your stop or the investigation incorrectly, we may be able to challenge the admissibility of the evidence and win dismissal of the charges against you.
Facing felony charges can be potentially life-altering. If you are convicted of a felony offense, you may face a long sentence of incarceration in state prison. People who have felony convictions on their records may also face collateral consequences that extend long after their sentences have been completed. Depending on the type of felony that you are facing, you might have trouble finding a job or housing, and you may be ineligible for certain types of loans or public assistance programs.
When our lawyers are retained to handle serious felony cases, they aggressively litigate on behalf of our clients to try to secure the best possible outcomes for them. Depending on the facts and circumstances of what happened, we may be able to negotiate pleas to felony offenses, such as capped sentences or alternative sentences that allow you to avoid prison time. In some cases, our criminal defense attorneys may fight on behalf of clients through jury trials.
Contact the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook Today
If you have been charged with a crime, it is important for you to consult one of the experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig L. Cook as soon as possible. To learn more about how we might be able to help you, call us today at 479-783-8000 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.