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Seth Layton Bowman

Little Rock Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. I have a misdemeanor in the second degree and I just want to know what is the possible sentence I might get.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Seth Layton Bowman
    2. Aaron Scott Hill
    3. Scott Allen Scholl
    4. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    4 lawyer answers

    What is your exact charge? I could think of a few different ones they might use. The level of the misdemeanor determines the maximum sentence, it is up to one year on a Class A. Though the maximum is rarely pushed for unless you have a major criminal record. Let me know the charge and I'll give you some general advice on defending against it.

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  2. Second degree battery, heard will serve 70% of sentence because it is a violent offense... is that true

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Seth Layton Bowman
    2. James Donald Garrett
    3. James Regan
    3 lawyer answers

    Battery second is not a 70% offense without other factors. His "good time" will depend on his conduct in jail, prior record, and specific sentencing provisions.

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  3. Whats the best argument against a crime I'm accused of but the prosecution has little to no evidence just the words o f others

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Seth Layton Bowman
    2. Mark J. Issa
    3. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    3 lawyer answers

    No one is going to be able to answer your question fully here. One thing is that until I enter on a case, I do not have the discovery file - I do not have all the State's evidence. Another thing is where the witnesses are. Obviously tampering with witnesses is a felony, but if they are naturally out of State that is harder for the prosecutor. Finally, each court has different policies about how they allow continuances for witness no-shows. I used to think I had a general rule that mostly...

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  4. If you're sentenced 10 years 3 suspended and all ran consecutive.. how long will you actually spend in prison?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Seth Layton Bowman
    2. Derek Anthony Patrin
    3. Andrew Stephen Roberts
    3 lawyer answers

    Consecutive means they don't run at the same time (like concurrent). So after one runs the next will. 1) If you get sentenced to 30 years you are not parole eligible in 3 years. 2) If you revoke on a sentence you can be sentenced again, it can be as high as the initial sentence range possibilities, even if you served some time in ADC. 3) Calculating good time is based on the criminal history score of the person and the severity of sentence. Even with all this information, no one can...

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  5. I just want to know if I change my name and ssn if I will still be responsible for any criminal charges that were put against me

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Seth Layton Bowman
    2. Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson
    3. Andrew Hunter Hatfield
    3 lawyer answers

    No that will not work, but you may still be able to keep a clean record by fighting the charges or using a first time offender act or similar provision. It depends in charge. Call attorney for free consult.

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  6. If you do not understand the conditions of a plea deal can you ask the judge to reconsider it later? Maybe new evidence?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Seth Layton Bowman
    2. Brian Thomas Burke
    3. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    4. Laurence K Nurmi
    4 lawyer answers

    After 90 days there is no clear Rule 37 Petition on Ineffective Counsel. If you are not a citizen, then not getting informed about the ramifications of the plea may be an effective remedy. If you are a citizen, then listen to an appeal attorney instead of me - I do trial level criminal defense and not really appeals. I am not aware of any remedy this long after the plea.

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  7. Is it burglary if I was there for my property?

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Seth Layton Bowman
    2. Jay Scott Finnecy
    2 lawyer answers

    Per Arkansas Law: 5-39-201. Residential burglary -- Commercial burglary. (a) (1) A person commits residential burglary if he or she enters or remains unlawfully in a residential occupiable structure of another person with the purpose of committing in the residential occupiable structure any offense punishable by imprisonment. (2) Residential burglary is a Class B felony. The important phrase here is: "with the purpose of committing in the residential occupiable structure...

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  8. What's going to likely happen?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Kathryn L. Hudson
    2. Seth Layton Bowman
    3. Sammi Gene Wilmoth
    3 lawyer answers

    Your attorney first needs to look at what the likelihood is to be able to suppress the evidence or any other legal arguments that can be made to improve the position of your case. Then your attorney needs to go over with you what the possibilities are at trial, and how likely each of them are. You need to understand what types of plea deals are available. Usually when you find some problem with police procedure or another legal issue, your attorney can improve the plea offer. There are...

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  9. In search of affordable/payment plan for high profile case that is larger then life. This case is criminal my mom's its a felony

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Seth Layton Bowman
    2. Aaron Scott Hill
    3. Jerome Weldon Matthews Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    A lot of cases get media coverage. Sometimes a motion for change of venue is the best option; however, Washington County has some more conservative counties as neighbors. These are often somewhat limited in what venues are potentially available. Arkansas recently changed how our mental evaluations work. If competence is an issue you pursue an Act 3 mental evaluation. Divorce and criminal at the same time is messy, as I'm dealing with some of these right now. No one on AVVO knows near...

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  10. If the police dept failed to pursue felony charges and as a result more felony charges were committed can you sue for damages?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Seth Layton Bowman
    2. Eugene Andre Ahtirski
    2 lawyer answers

    These cases are very hard to do which means they are very costly. Prior attorneys answer is too generic to be of any assistance. What you are talking about is a civil rights action against the police department. The police department will have some form of insurance whether through the league, independently, or county. This could be accessed with a successful 1983 complaint. The police department and any of its actors have immunity from civil lawsuit which protects it from mere...

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