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Debra Joan Cheatham Reece

Russellville Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Seeking an immigration attorney

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Giacomo Jacques Behar
    3. Lawrence Orta
    4. Alexander Joseph Segal
    5. Robert V Cornish Jr.
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I no longer practice immigration law. But what you really want is someone who practices a combination of immigration and criminal law. While we cannot solicit on here, we can recommend. I know several attorneys who can help who are in Little Rock fairly close to you. They are Reggie Koch, Blake Byrd, and Guillermo Hernandez. Blake was a former prosecutor do that may give him a special perspective. I'm pretty sure they all have websites and they may even be here on Avvo. Good luck!

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  2. What do I need to prepare for in a criminal defense pretrial

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2 lawyer answers

    No, there is not a template. And if this is a felony case, you are entitled to representation. You can either hire an attorney or, if you are indigent, you can have one appointed. In a pretrial, many things can happen. If either side has filed a motion, that motion will be heard. The case can be scheduled for trial. The defendant can move to waive a jury trial and elect to have a bench trial (a trial before the judge rather than a jury); however, in Arkansas, the prosecution must also agree...

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  3. How do I need to word an Warning Order that I am having printed in the Paper?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Aaron Scott Hill
    3. Scott Allen Scholl
    3 lawyer answers

    If you know where he works, then you need to serve him at work. A warning order is for someone who has diligently searched for someone and can't find them at all. If you knew how to find him but didn't properly serve him, he could get your judgment overturned down the line. Also, a warning order is more than a notice in a paper. You must first have filed a motion and received an order allowing you to serve by warning order. You get that by filing an affidavit that outlines your diligent efforts...

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  4. Can the juvenile courts of Arkansas force me to take a hair follicle test for returning custody of my son to me?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Scott Allen Scholl
    2 lawyer answers

    Absolutely. Anyone can pass a urine test by waiting til drugs are out of their system. You have to be clean if you want to regain custody. A hair follicle test will give a court a much better idea if you're clean because it can test back 3 to 6 months. Courts are ordering these more and more.

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  5. Is a self written letter notarized that gives one child power off attorney while living is still in effect after death.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Scott Allen Scholl
    3. William Thomas Schemmel
    3 lawyer answers

    As the other two lawyers stated, the power of attorney dies when the principal (the one giving the power of attorney to someone else) dies. And a power of attorney is not a will. So if the principal dies without a will, then their estate will be probated through the rules of what is called "Intestate Succession." If this is in Arkansas, that generally means that the "issue" (children or grandchildren) will share the estate, with the spouse being able to take an interest. I don't want to get...

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  6. Can your husband get custody?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Ryan Adam Ballard
    2 lawyer answers

    If you can prove what you have said, it is not likely he would get custody. However, men like that frequently get visitation. If the abuse is toward you alone, then that will not affect whether he gets visitation with the children. Definitely his cheating on you will not affect his visitation. That's between you and him. The things that would prevent visitation would be things like physical (or serious emotional) abuse of the children, having overnight guests of the opposite sex while the...

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  7. Who has legal liability for an LLC business credit card?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Robert V Cornish Jr.
    2 lawyer answers

    Probably both are liable. As the other poster answered, if your LLC is merely an alter ego of you, then anything the LLC incurs, you incur. So the question is going to be whether you observe corporate formalities in the LLC that would make it an entity completely separate from you personally. Things that contribute to that question are (1) what sort of papers did you draw up to create the company? (2) Do you pay any personal bills out of your business checking accounts or do you keep all...

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  8. How can i get justice if i have been fausly accused

    Answered 3 months ago.

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

    As the other responder mentioned, many people are falsely accused. Unfortunately, lots of those people do not get good criminal defense attorneys and are needlessly convicted. While hiring a good criminal defense attorney does not guarantee your charge will be dismissed or you will be acquitted at trial, NOT hiring one is almost a guarantee that you will be convicted, regardless of whether you committed the crime. It's sad to say, but most people do not believe "innocent until proven guilty,"...

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  9. Can a potential father sue for emotional distress after an abortion?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Lisa Douglas
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Marc Edward Stewart
    4. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    5. Kevin Coluccio
    6. ···
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    You are really asking two questions. Can he sue? and Can he win? As I believe someone else answered, anyone can sue for anything. But the moment he does (if he does), your attorney would file a motion to dismiss for failure to state a cause of action. You have the legal right to have an abortion and, until that baby is born, the father does not have a say in it. So, can he sue? Yes. Can he win? I can't imagine any scenario under which he could, until and unless Roe v. Wade is overturned....

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  10. What should I do or not do and what can happen to me with no evidence, only speculation?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson
    2. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    3. Clifton L Black
    4. William A. Jones Jr.
    4 lawyer answers

    First, do not talk to police again. Second, do not take a polygraph or voice stress test. They are inadmissible anyway in Arkansas, so if you pass it, you can't use it in your favor. But more importantly, the police are allowed to lie to you to get you to confess, so they will tell you that you failed even if you passed. Nothing good can ever come of talking to the cops. If you are worried, then hire a good criminal defense attorney. We all know how to run interference for you with...

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