If you have been charged with a drug crime in Arkansas, understanding the law and the options you have available are critical to mounting a successful defense. Bentonville criminal defense attorney Mike Armstrong has more than a decade of legal experience representing clients charged with possession and other drug-related offenses, and will help you understand your rights.
In Arkansas, a drug conviction can have consequences that extend far beyond fines and jail time. From limiting your prospects for getting into college or landing a job, to taking away your gun rights (in felony cases), a drug crime conviction can impact virtually all aspects of your life. Protecting your rights – and preserving your future – requires the help of an experienced, honest and aggressive attorney.
With more than a decade of criminal law experience, attorney Mike Armstrong is a vigorous and impassioned advocate for individuals accused of drug-related crimes in Arkansas. A former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Benton County, Mike relies on his prosecutorial experience to develop defense strategies that are designed to resolve his clients’ cases prior to trial. However, Mike is also a seasoned litigator, and when necessary, he does not hesitate to fight for his clients’ freedom in court.
The Arkansas criminal code outlines several different drug-related offenses. The potential penalties for drug crimes depend on a number of factors, including the specific controlled substance in question, the amount of the controlled substance involved as well as the nature of the alleged criminal activity.
Mike represents individuals charged with all misdemeanor and felony drug crimes in Arkansas, including common offenses such as:
Arkansas’s drug crime laws are far stricter than most people realize. For example, possessing five or more ounces of marijuana is a Class D felony, which carries a potential six-year prison term and a $10,000 fine. With regard to prescription medications, possessing even a single pill without a prescription can lead to felony charges.
In 2016, the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment legalized the medicinal use of marijuana among patients with qualifying medical conditions. Pursuant to the new law, the Arkansas Department of Health is tasked with administering a system that oversees medical marijuana dispensaries and monitors “card holders” who are approved to buy and use regulated marijuana for medicinal purposes.
At this point, the true impact of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment remains to be seen. However, as authorities develop the state’s medical marijuana infrastructure and law enforcement agencies adjust to the new law, individuals seeking to grow, sell, buy and use medical marijuana can expect to face some challenges. If you are under investigation or have been charged under the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, contact Armstrong Law for a free consultation.
When facing criminal charges in Arkansas, seeking legal representation promptly is critical to mounting a successful defense. Mike Armstrong is available 24/7, and he can make arrangements to meet with you urgently if necessary. To schedule your free initial consultation, call Armstrong Law at (479) 268-4190 or contact us online now.