Fighting For Dismissal Or Reduction Of Felony Charges

If you have been charged with a felony, you should contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Felonies can have serious consequences, including serious jail time and hefty significant fines. At Huffman Butler & Mason, PLLC, our top priority is defending your rights and achieving the best possible resolution of your case. You can count on us to provide an aggressive defense that leaves no stone unturned.

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are generally considered less serious crimes and carry lighter penalties than felonies. Many specific misdemeanor crimes have specific punishments. For instance, misdemeanor charges related to driving under the influence may also result in the suspension of your driver's license.

While many misdemeanors carry very little jail time, crimes that would typically be classified as misdemeanors may be elevated to serious felony offenses based on aggravating factors, such as the location of the crime or certain characteristics of the victim, including his or her age. An experienced criminal defense law firm can work with prosecutors to reduce your charges.

Felonies

Felonies involve more serious crimes and more serious penalties. Because each felony class includes a number of different crimes, sentencing laws in Arkansas and Tennessee provide a wide range of possible jail sentences and fines. The penalties in your case are influenced by the circumstances of the crime and your criminal history. Because both prosecutors and judges are given some leeway when recommending and imposing sentences, it is imperative to experienced criminal defense lawyers advocating on your behalf.

The Availability Of Expungement

A criminal conviction can impact many aspects of your life, from housing to employment. Fortunately, for some people, it is possible to expunge a prior criminal record.

Expungement eligibility depends on several factors that vary by state. For example, if you were charged and arrested but the charges were dismissed, acquitted or deemed nolle prosequi in Arkansas, you can petition the court for expungement.

If you have an arrest or conviction expunged, you are considered to have a "clean record" for most purposes (the most significant exception is if you are charged with a crime in the future). However, expungement only restores your right to carry a gun in certain circumstances, such as those sentenced under the Arkansas First Offender Act. In many other cases, a pardon, rather than an expungement, is necessary to restore gun rights.

Getting a criminal record expunged is a complicated legal process. You must file a petition to seal records and may even be required to attend a court hearing. Therefore, it is useful to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Dedicated Criminal Defense Attorneys By Your Side

At Huffman Butler & Mason, PLLC, our attorneys understand how a felony criminal conviction can affect your future, and we do everything possible to help you. Call 901-410-0689 or book an appointment on our online scheduler. We offer flexible office hours and convenient office locations in Benton, Arkansas, and Covington, Tennessee, and we frequently travel throughout the region to better meet our clients' needs.