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Accomplished Hot Springs Felony Defense Lawyers Help the Accused

Dedicated Arkansas attorneys represent clients facing possible prison time

In Arkansas, a felony is any crime punishable by a sentence in state prison. Conviction for an Arkansas felony stays on the offender’s public record for at least five years, and serious felonies can never be expunged from their record. The skilled criminal defense attorneys of Schnipper, Britton & Stobaugh in Hot Springs develop effective defense strategies for individuals charged with violent and non-violent felony offenses. With a tradition of providing passionate legal representation in Arkansas since 1875, our firm is respected in courts throughout the state.

Experienced legal team defends individuals accused of battery and theft

Arkansas ranks felony crimes as Class A, B, C, D or Y. Class Y felonies are the most serious, punishable by 10 to 40 years or life in prison. Class A felonies follow in terms of severity and Class D felonies allow for the most lenient sentences, with a maximum of six years in prison.

Our felony defense team represents clients charged with:

  • Battery — Battery is a crime where an offender purposely causes physical injury to another person. First degree battery is a Class B felony in most cases, or a Class Y felony if the victim is a law enforcement officer or a child age four or younger.
  • Domestic battering — Domestic battering is battery committed against a member of the offender’s household or family. First and second degree domestic battering are felonies. Felony domestic battering involves serious physical injury, physical injury to a minor or senior or injury with use of a deadly weapon.
  • Assault — A person can be charged with assault for endangering another person without causing physical harm. Aggravated assault, a Class D felony, occurs when an offender purposely displays a firearm or engages in other conduct to create substantial danger of physical injury or death, or if the offender impedes or prevents a person’s breathing or circulation. Assault in the first, second or third degree is a misdemeanor.
  • Theft — Theft involves the purposeful and unauthorized taking of another person’s property. In Arkansas, theft is a felony when the stolen property is worth $1,000 or more, though theft of less valuable items can also be a felony. The higher the value of stolen property, the higher the class of felony.

Our criminal defense strategy begins with evaluating the circumstances leading to your charge to determine if there is a legal basis for a dismissal. Should your case proceed to trial, we will assert your rights and counter unsupported claims made by prosecutors.

Respected firm fights drug and alcohol charges, including traffic offenses

Whether an Arkansas drug crime is charged as a felony or misdemeanor depends on the type and amount of the controlled substance and the alleged activities. Felony charges are possible for:

  • Trafficking
  • Manufacturing
  • Possession
  • Possession with intent to deliver
  • Possession of paraphernalia

We defend individuals charged with drug felonies and alcohol-related misdemeanors, including:

  • Driving while intoxicated (DWI)
  • Minor in possession (MIP) offenses involving the purchase or possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21
  • Public intoxication
  • Disorderly conduct

A DWI is charged as a felony for a fourth or subsequent offense. A DWI or moving violation that would normally result in a traffic ticket or misdemeanor can be a felony if a person is injured or property is destroyed.

Our attorneys assertively defend clients facing prosecution for drug and alcohol offenses. When a plea deal is in your best interest, we negotiate with prosecutors for satisfactory terms. Our firm has been able to reduce penalties significantly for many clients.

Contact accomplished Arkansas felony crime defense attorneys to schedule a consultation

Located in Hot Springs, the law office of Schipper, Britton & Stobaugh fights felony charges in circuit courts throughout Arkansas. To arrange for a confidential legal consultation, call 501-762-0887 or contact us online.