Debra Joan Cheatham Reeceā€™s Answers

Debra Joan Cheatham Reece

Russellville Criminal Defense Attorney.

Contributor Level 13
  1. Should I report rape if I willingly took illegal drug prior to 2 males raping me?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Kristin Leigh Pawlik
    3. Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson
    4. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    5. Scott Allen Scholl
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    Everyone who has answered is correct. This is a crime. Whether or not you took drugs makes no difference regarding whether you were raped. You did not consent, and it was rape. Period. In addition to the advice already given, may I suggest you go to a hospital? I know it has been several days, but you still need medical attention. They will need to test you for STDs and pregnancy. I'm trying to give you more stress -- just being honest with what you need to do. At the emergency room, if...

    Selected as best answer

  2. Is murder, on the basis of Christian Fundamentalism, always punishable by death?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Joshua Sachs
    3. Steven Everett Savage
    4. James Regan
    4 lawyer answers

    The law applies equally. That being said, we are in the Bible Belt here in Arkansas and, while the law makes no exception for religion, sometimes juries do. Capital murder (which, in Arkansas, is murder with aggravating circumstances that are outlined in the statute) has two possible penalties: death, or life without possibility of parole. It is the prosecutor's choice whether to waive the death penalty. If it is waived, then life without parole is the only possibility. Neither first degree...

    Selected as best answer

  3. I got a possession ticket in the state of Oklahoma 2 days ago and my friends came and bailed me out.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Douglas Holbrook
    3. Frank Mascagni III
    4. William A. Jones Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    Another consideration: if you have a misdemeanor drug conviction, it can cause you to lose any federal student aid you may receive in grants, scholarships, etc. So it is well worth you hitting this head on with all you've got. Normally, I'd say that with the giant case load the PDs have, it might be better to hire private counsel. That being said, there are some really excellent public defenders in Fayetteville. I'm not sure who handles district court misdemeanors, but the circuit court PDs...

    7 lawyers agreed with this answer

  4. Can they upgrade my Public Intox to a DUI after I've been to court and plead not guilty to the PI charge?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    3. Sonja R Porter
    3 lawyer answers

    The prosecutor can amend the charge at any time up to the time the case goes to the jury (if a jury trial) or the close of evidence (if a judge, or bench, trial). So yes, they can amend the charge up.

    6 lawyers agreed with this answer

    1 person marked this answer as helpful

  5. Who is responsible for a shipment for a 14 day trial skin care product when the product was not in the envelope when received?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Gary Ralph Ilmanen
    3. Glenn Johnston
    3 lawyer answers

    If you gave them your credit card number (I hope you didn't), then you should immediately contact your credit card company and let them know what happened so your account isn't charged. Same if you gave them a check card or debit card from your bank. If it has already been charged, then dispute the charge. Be sure to keep the envelope that arrived without the product in it. If the envelope arrived when no one was around, then the envelope is going to be your best evidence. If someone...

    Selected as best answer

  6. What do I do about my ex claiming our son on tax returns even though our divorce decree states I am suppose to claim him???

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3. Christopher Daniel Leroi
    4. David Raymond Mahood
    4 lawyer answers

    All of the attorneys who responded are correct--you should file a contempt petition against her. But to answer your question, under IRS rules, the custodial parent claims the kids unless there is a signed Firm 8332. So they can go after you for any overpayment, if they choose not to honor the decree. That decree controls you and your ex but it does not control the IRS. So take her to court and if the IRS penalized you, ask the court to require her to pay you the difference in taxes you would...

    Selected as best answer

  7. Ok I have a class a misdeameanor fleeing charge can a prosecutor turn it to a felony?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Bart Charles Craytor
    2 lawyer answers

    If you were convicted of a misdemeanor, it is a misdemeanor. If you are saying that you now have a new fleeing charge, the prosecutor is not bound by what the officer said about giving you a break, unless it was a promise and you gave something in exchange for that promise, like a statement. Otherwise, it is the prosecutor's decision as to whether to charge you with a felony or misdemeanor, so long as your acts would support either charge. In other words if what you did could be either a felony...

    5 lawyers agreed with this answer

  8. If I have a warrant but did not recieve the papers how long does the state have to issue the warrant papers

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson
    2. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    3. Frank Mascagni III
    4. Douglas Holbrook
    4 lawyer answers

    The warrant remains valid indefinitely. but the state must exercise diligence in getting it served. If it is an old warrant and you never moved or were easily found, it may be considered "stale", resulting in charges being dismissed. Hire an attorney right away to help you deal with this. Be sure it is a criminal defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of stale warrants.

    5 lawyers agreed with this answer

  9. Can my mom press statutory rape charges?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Harry Edward Hudson Jr
    3. James Regan
    4. Benjamin J Lieberman
    4 lawyer answers

    You ask if charges can be pressed. The answer is yes, if the prosecuting attorney believes there is a basis for the charges. You are saying that nothing happened. If both you and the girl say nothing happened, then it is unlikely your mom would convince the prosecutor enough for charges to be filed. But if there is some basis for the charges, then if you are 14 and your friend is 18, that would be considered rape in Arkansas. Remember that rape does not have to mean sexual intercourse. If...

    5 lawyers agreed with this answer

  10. My husband has a class d felony on domestic battery 3 rd degree 2nd offense with a ptr will he go to prison.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Raymond George Wigell
    3. Valerie Semmes Bouffiou
    3 lawyer answers

    As someone else posted, you do not have the ability to "drop charges" because you are just the complaining witness -- you are not the person who brought the charges. That was the prosecutor on behalf of the State. In answer to your question, yes it is quite likely they will revoke his suspended sentence and sentence him to prison, since the revocation is based on a felony violation that is a violent crime. That being said, prosecutors are sensitive to victim's requests. Your request needs...

    Selected as best answer

479-967-3800