Felony Attorneys in Northwest Arkansas
Experienced & High-Quality Legal Defense in Benton County and Washington County and All of NWA
If you have been charged with a felony, you may be worried because you might not know what to do. Additionally, you are facing up to six years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines, even on the least serious felony charge. We assure you; our Northwest Arkansas felony attorneys know what to do. Over 35,000 people charged with crimes have trusted us to fight for them, including thousands of people with felony charges.
Attorney Doug Norwood has served as a former prosecutor and has been practicing criminal defense for over 30 years. He leads a team of attorneys with almost 100 years of combined experience, including experience as former prosecutors. All of this gives us the knowledge to work toward the best outcome possible.
Trust our Northwest Arkansas felony lawyers to fight for you. We are committed to delivering high-quality service, which is why we have hundreds of 5-star reviews, and the people of Northwest Arkansas have voted us Best of NWA Criminal Lawyer, NWA Democrat-Gazette.
Northwest Arkansas felony attorneys have had thousands of felony charges:
- Reduced to misdemeanors
- Kept off criminal records, or Kept from being filed.
A small sample of some of our felony case results:
- Dismissed: Aggravated Assault (State v I.I.)
- Dismissed: Possession - Meth (State v I.I.)
- Dismissed: Delivery - Controlled Substance (State v J.V.)
- Dismissed: Battery (State v E.L.)
- Dismissed: Terroristic Threatening (State v T.L.)
- Kept off record: Possession - Meth (State v B.M.)
- Dismissed: Robbery (State v M.G.)
- Dismissed: Felon in Possession of Firearm (State v E.V.)
- Dismissed: Rape (State v K.S.)
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If you have been charged with a felony, our Northwest Arkansas felony lawyers advise you to plead “not guilty.” Pleading “guilty” means that the judge will sentence you on every charge – possibly up to the maximum penalties. Being charged with a felony is a serious situation. Even the least serious felony charge is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 6 years. Please realize pleading guilty to the judge means you may leave the court in handcuffs. Any experienced lawyer will tell you to plead NOT guilty. Most of our clients do not serve time behind bars.
Can Felony Charges Be Dropped in AR?
Even if someone has been accused of a felony, the charge may be dropped. However, resolving a criminal case this way is not something that the alleged offender nor the victim can do themselves.
When a person allegedly commits a crime, they are violating state law. A prosecutor, working on behalf of the State, is the one to bring charges. It’s their decision whether or not to pursue the matter.
Before criminal charges are officially filed against the alleged offender, the prosecutor will examine the evidence. If the prosecutor believes they have enough evidence to support the charge and seek a conviction, they will move forward with the case.
However, if they don’t feel that the case is strong enough, they may drop the felony charges.
Below are a few reasons a felony charge may be dropped:
- Weak evidence
- Illegally obtained evidence
- Contradictory testimonies
- Investigation violated the defendant’s constitutional rights
We mentioned earlier that neither the defendant nor the victim can drop charges, but that doesn’t mean they can’t request that the prosecutor do so. A victim may decide that they don’t want to pursue the matter and ask for charges to be dropped. The prosecutor does not have to honor the victim’s wishes, but their case may be weakened if they don’t have the victim’s testimony.
Additionally, while examining the facts of the case, the defendant and their lawyer might identify weaknesses in evidence or procedural errors that occurred during the investigation. They can point this out to the prosecutor and show how it would cast doubt on their arguments. With this information, the prosecutor might decide to drop the felony charges because the evidence won’t support their case or convince a judge or jury of the defendant’s guilt.
Common Felony Crimes in Arkansas
Under Arkansas law, crimes are divided into two broad categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Felonies are more serious than a misdemeanor. Whether a crime is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the severity of the crime. The punishments set depend on the level of offense.
Several offenses can be charged as felonies, including:
- Possession of a Controlled Substance with Intent to Deliver
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Delivery of a Controlled Substance
- Aggravated Assault
- Breaking and Entering
- Residential Burglary
- Commercial Burglary
- Leaving the Scene of a Personal Injury Accident
- Terroristic Threatening
- Criminal Mischief
- Violation of Probation
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Failure to Appear
- False Imprisonment
- Filing a False Police Report
- Endangering the Welfare of a Minor
- Sexual Assault
- Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms
- Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card
- Sex crimes
- Drug crimes
We have had many of the charges listed dismissed or acquitted at trial for our clients.
Penalties for Felony Offenses in NWA
In Arkansas, felony crimes are divided into five classes, with increasing penalties based on the severity of the crime. Class D felonies are the least serious and are punishable by up to 6 years in prison. Class Y felonies carry the harshest penalties and can land a person in jail for life.
The following are the penalties for Arkansas felonies:
What Is a Class C Felony in Arkansas?
A Class C Felony is a common violation that includes intimidating a witness, obtaining stolen property, failing to appear in court, and financial identity fraud. These offenses carry a minimum of three to ten years and up to $10,000 in fines.
Examples of offenses:
- Aggravated assault: This occurs when a person, showing extreme indifference to the lives of others, does something that can cause death or serious physical injury to someone else, displays a gun in a way that can result in death or bodily injury to another, or chokes or suffocates someone.
- Video voyeurism: A person commits this offense when they use a camera to record a person who is in a private place, had a reasonable expectation of privacy, and did not consent to the observation.
Class C Felony Arkansas
- Between 3 and 10 years in prison and/or
- Up to $10,000 in fines
Examples of offenses:
- Manslaughter: A person may be charged with this offense when they are under extreme emotional disturbance and cause another’s death, assist someone in committing suicide, recklessly take someone’s life, or commit or attempt to commit a felony and negligently cause someone to die.
- First-degree false imprisonment: Charges may be brought when a person unlawfully restrains another in a way that could cause substantial risk of physical injury.
Class B Felony Arkansas
- Between 5 and 20 years in prison and/or
- Up to $15,000 in fines
Examples of offenses:
- First-degree battery: A person commits this offense when they cause serious physical injury by using a deadly weapon, with extreme indifference to human life, or when committing or attempting to commit a felony.
- Robbery: This offense occurs when a person uses physical force to commit a misdemeanor or felony theft.
Class A Felony Arkansas
- Between 6 and 30 years in prison and/or
- Up to $15,000 in fines
Examples of offenses:
- First-degree sexual assault: This charge may be levied when a person engages in sexual intercourse with a minor or a person under 21 years of age and the alleged offender is in a specific profession.
- Trafficking in persons: A person may be accused of this offense if they engage in any conduct, such as recruiting or selling others, that leads to an individual being subject to involuntary servitude.
Class Y Felony Arkansas
- Between 10 and 40 years or life in prison
Examples of offenses:
- First-degree murder: This offense occurs when a person intends to kill someone and does so, causes another’s death while committing or attempting to commit a felony, or takes the life of a person 14 years of age or younger.
- Kidnapping: An accusation for this offense may arise when a person unlawfully restrains another and holds them for ransom or other demands, uses them as a shield, uses them to commit a felony, injures them, engages in sexual intercourse with them, or terrorizes them.
Additional Penalties for Felony Conviction
In addition, depending on your charge, there may be some hidden costs as well:
- You may lose your gun rights
- You may have trouble qualifying to rent an apartment or house
- You may be fired from your current job
- You may lose your voting rights
- You may have trouble getting jobs in the future
No lawyer can guarantee the results of a case; however, our Northwest Arkansas felony lawyers do promise that we will fight hard to:
- Find a way to win your case
- Get charges dismissed or reduced
- Keep you out of jail
- Keep charges off your record
- Keep your fines low
- Arrange to have you pay any fines over a period of time rather than all on your final court date
Felony convictions can end up on a person’s permanent criminal record. This often makes it difficult for people convicted of felonies to find a job, apply for housing, or get accepted to an educational institution. Although certain crimes can be sealed, many times, the conviction is impossible to remove from one’s criminal history.
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When you reach out to our Northwest Arkansas felony attorneys, we provide a free initial visit to give you peace of mind that we are the right firm for your defense. We have offices in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, and Springdale.
“FELONY CASE DISMISSED! I was charged with Possession of a Firearm, Theft by Receiving and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia....The attorneys were able to prove my case to the Prosecutor and as a result all 3 charges were DISMISSED!!!!”- Jack
“Norwood and Norwood was able to get my residential burglary and assault charges nolle prossed.”- Clint
“The terroristic threatening charges were completely dropped - I don't know of any other firm in NW Arkansas that can come close in comparison to them.”- Us Veteran
“Drug Charges Dismissed! Thanks to the hard work of all the Norwood Norwood family. Everything from the fee to the friendliness and the result were fabulous.”- Herman
“Felony Charges Dropped! Norwood & Norwood are excellent lawyers. I was facing felony drug charges and they were able to get the charges dropped.”- Jeff
“I got caught with a meth pipe in my pocket and this team of lawyers got it dismiss with no plea, no classes, no public service and no jail! I ended up paying only $100 on the drug charges.”- Al
“I got caught with felony drugs because officers searched my car to see what they could find. The cops tried to get me to work with them to get a better result on my case. In the end, the Norwood firm got my entire case dropped without me going to court.”- Taylor
“Drug Case Dismissed - Norwood has the best reputation in Benton County. After using them I would have to say they are the best attorneys I have ever used. 5 stars!!!!!!!!!”- John