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Debra Joan Cheatham Reece

Russellville Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Seeking an immigration attorney

    Answered about 1 year 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 would the punishment be in Arkansas (Sebastion County) for a second DWI (third in the state) and broken probation?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Brian Thomas Burke
    3. Catherine Lake
    4. Christopher Irvin Simser
    4 lawyer answers

    DWIs in Arkansas are calculated not by how many are in that county but how many have been received total. The look-back period is 5 years. So since there are 3 in five years, this is a DWI-3. Penalty for a DWI third offense is a minimum of 90 days in jail and a maximum of one year in jail, plus pretty exhorbitant fines. Sometimes the judge will allow community service in lieu of part of the jail time and/or fines. As for the probation, if the probation is revoked on the prior DWI, you can...

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

    Answered 10 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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  4. How do I need to word an Warning Order that I am having printed in the Paper?

    Answered 11 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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  5. Can the juvenile courts of Arkansas force me to take a hair follicle test for returning custody of my son to me?

    Answered about 1 year 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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  6. Is a self written letter notarized that gives one child power off attorney while living is still in effect after death.

    Answered over 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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  7. 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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  8. Can I sue my ex for money owed for medical and monies owed as written in divorce decree after 10 yrs?

    Answered 29 days ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Mandy M Rogers
    2 lawyer answers

    It's going to depend. You should see a family law attorney in your area. Normally, in Arkansas, a judgment to collect is good for 10 years and can be renewed for another 10. But monies owed in family support (child support or alimony) are treated differently. There is a good chance you can collect. Also, if the child is under 23 years old, the child can sue for unpaid child support, even if you never asked for it. (The law is that she can sue for up to 5 years past her majority, which in...

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  9. Temporary Guardianship?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

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

    You can petition for temporary emergency guardianship AND permanent guardianship. A temporary one is a max of 90 days. A permanent one is until a court terminates it. Talk to a family law attorney immediately. And as far as insurance goes, it will depend on your insurance company and what it considers a "dependent" for coverage purposes; but, as Mr. Scholl stated, the child will likely be covered with a court-ordered guardianship.

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

    Answered 5 months 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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