Shoplifting in Arkansas

In Arkansas, shoplifting is formally charged as Theft of Property, under Ark. Code Ann. § 5-36-103. It occurs when a person “knowingly takes or exercises unauthorized control over the property of another person with the purpose of depriving the owner of the property.” Contrary to popular belief, a shoplifter need not actually leave the store with the goods, due to the fact that Arkansas has a separate law on the books, sometimes called...

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Arkansas Drug Crimes & Classifications

The Arkansas Legislature recently updated the vast majority of the so called “drug crimes” in the state, which has resulted in some confusion as to how the new laws are applied.  This article will briefly touch on the new drug laws in Arkansas, but is not meant to go into any great detail, because these types of cases are often very fact-specific.  If you are facing pending criminal charges related to controlled substances in Arkansas, I...

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Arkansas Alcohol Laws

Now that Spring Break is upon us, it might be a good time to take a look at some common criminal charges in Arkansas related to alcohol consumption. Minor in Possession. In Arkansas it is “unlawful for any person under twenty-one” to “purchase or have in his or her possession any intoxicating liquor, wine, or beer.” Ark. Code Ann. §3-3-203.  While this seems obvious on its face, what is not so obvious, is that in Arkansas, merely...

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Determining Custody in Arkansas

How does a court decide who gets custody in a divorce case?  There’s no simple answer to this question, but a case out of Benton County, which was recently affirmed on appeal, holds that what the parties do while the divorce is pending is certainly one thing which the court will consider in making the determination.  Magee v Magee, 2013 Ark. App. 108.  Ultimately, the “unyielding consideration remains the welfare and best interest of the...

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