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Debra Joan Cheatham Reece

Russellville Criminal Defense Attorney.

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

    Answered 8 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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  2. Can a potential father sue for emotional distress after an abortion?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Lisa Douglas
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Marc Edward Stewart
    4. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    5. Kevin Coluccio
    6. ···
    8 lawyer answers

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

    Answered over 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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  4. My ex got a dui and child endangerment, and lives with his girlfriend and her mother. Do I have grounds to get custody?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Latosha A. Wilkes Crawford
    2. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    3. James J White
    3 lawyer answers

    In order to get custody of a child in Arkansas, if there has already been an order granting custody to one of the parents, the other parent must show a "material change in the child's circumstances" that would indicate it would be in the best interests of the child for custody to be changed. If your ex actually has a court order granting him custody, then the court will weigh what he has done against whatever reason it had for giving him custody in the first place instead of you. The fact...

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  5. Does a judge always listen to a gaurdian ad litem and counselor?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Hillary Johns
    2 lawyer answers

    What does your lawyer say? If you don't have one, get one immediately. Family law custody and visitation cases are heavily discretionary and most judges are adamant that noncustodial parents are entitled to "standard" visitation, which, in Arkansas, is generally every other weekend, every other holiday, half of Christmas and Spring breaks from school, Fathers Day, and six to eight weeks in the summer. If you're not getting that, either you agreed to less in a previous order, or the judge had...

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  6. I'm months away from 17, do I need guardians consent?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Lauren E. Ruff
    2 lawyer answers

    In Arkansas, until you're 18, you're still considered a minor and you have to live with the parent who has custody. If your mother wants custody (and you want to live with her), she will need to file a motion to modify custody, OR your mother and your father will need to both sign an Agreed Order changing custody from him to her, and the judge would probably sign that order. These are things that need to be handled by a lawyer. If your father and mother are both in agreement, it should be...

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  7. How to write a ex parte emergency custody motion

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Scott Allen Scholl
    2. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    3. George Anthony Munoz
    3 lawyer answers

    I couldn't agree with Mr. Scholl more. You need to either hire a lawyer or you need to go to legal aid if you can't afford one and get one to help you there. The rule on ex-parte motions was changed in the last couple of years and the requirements are very stringent. If you don't follow them exactly, your motion will be kicked before it's ever heard and you will lose the opportunity. I realize that seems very unfair, but that's the way it is. If you're wanting to get something ex-parte,...

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  8. Fines for theft?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Ashkan Yekrangi
    2 lawyer answers

    A fine is based on the level of crime, not the value of what was allegedly stolen. Restitution is based on the value of the merchandise; however, assuming the got the sunglasses back it sounds like there's no restitution issues. You need to be talking to your lawyer, who will know the facts, because no one on here can give you legal advice since you're represented.

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  9. Can you reverse an adoption

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Howard M Lewis
    2 lawyer answers

    If you adopted in Arkansas more than a year ago, no, there is no way to reverse the adoption. Even within the year, it is difficult, and your criteria doesn't fit. When you adopt a child, all ties to the previous parent are severed and it is as though the child is your natural child. Just like you can't "unbirth" your natural children, you can't "unadopt" your adopted children. You are entitled to visitation. One possible solution (if the ex agrees) is SHE can adopt her own children as a...

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  10. Is he able to contact me and come back home?

    Answered 7 months ago.

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

    Mr. Scholl is correct. This is something that a lot of people don't understand. In a civil case, you bring a case against the defendant. But a domestic battery case is a criminal case. In a criminal case, YOU did not "press charges." The State of Arkansas pressed charges. You don't get to choose whether the charges are dropped. That is strictly up to the prosecutor. If the prosecutor chooses to drop the charges (frequently they will not), then when the charge is dismissed, the no...

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