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  • Pe/TE TIME

    Me ex husband went to prison for rape last March. His pe/Te time is 2024. What does this mean?

    Debra’s Answer

    That means as it stands right now, that is his parole eligibility date. It may be sooner if he gets good time. Rape is a 70% crime, meaning the inmate must serve 70% of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole (not including good time).

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  • I need a lawyer for a divorce.

    Me and my husband are not living with each other at all. I want a divorce because when we were living with each other he was very abusive, controlling, I couldn't take it no more. So I need him out my life. Please help. Thank you.

    Debra’s Answer

    There are many good family law attorneys in the Pulaski County area. Just click on "find a lawyer," and find one who looks like they will serve your needs, and then set up an appointment to go see them and retain them. Good luck!

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  • Is there a link i can go to so i can file a pro se answer to child custody?

    my 12 year old sons father is trying to get sole custody of him.

    Debra’s Answer

    No. The few online links that deal with filing things pro se only deal with uncontested divorces that do not involve children. Once children are involved, things get complicated, and you need an attorney for that.

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  • How can i get a divorce without hiring a lawyer? (don't have the money).

    I've been separated for 30 years, and i was wondering does Arkansas acknowledge this as being legally separated. And how can i find out more about Arkansas divorce laws?

    Debra’s Answer

    Arkansas does not have "legal separation" per se. Many family law attorneys will let you make payments. Doing it yourself often means you do something wrong in the paperwork or the service and your case gets dismissed. If you insist on doing it yourself, go to the library, read the Arkansas code sections on divorce (found in Title 9), read through the Arkansas Rules of Civil Procedure (so you won't mess up the summons and service of the summons), and check with the circuit clerk for the filing procedures.

    If you truly can't afford an attorney, you should contact Central Arkansas Legal Services and they may be willing to help you. But you are better off finding an attorney who will take payments. Law is not a "do it yourself" project, and too many people who think it is end up running afoul of the rules and causing their cases to be dismissed.

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  • How can you get your record expunged in the state of Arkansas

    first offense need to know the process having a record expunged

    Debra’s Answer

    First, unless you were in juvenile court, there is no expungment. Instead, it is a petition to seal. Second, before you need to know the process, you need to know if you're even eligible to have it sealed. Third, you can hire an attorney who knows how to do it, or you can read the governing statutes and try to do it yourself. They begin in the Arkansas code at 16-90-1401.

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  • Can I sue my employer for telling a workforce agency I was arrested for non work related charges?

    I was arrested outside of the workplace. I was not incarcerated, but have pending charges. My employer suspended me and told the workforce that I was arrested. I am unable to find employment because of what my employer said.

    Debra’s Answer

    So long as your employer told the truth, you have no cause of action. And an arrest is public information unless you are a juvenile.

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  • As a 20 year-old with no criminal record, I was charged for shoplifting $45 of stuff. Should I get a criminal defense attorney?

    I was recently charged with "theft of property" at a Walmart. I was going through self-checkout, and while I bought the majority of the items, I forgot about $45 worth of stuff. I was stopped by an employee and taken into a back room, and they pre...

    Debra’s Answer

    The letter about a civil claim has nothing whatsoever to do with the criminal charge. It's something Walmart corporate does. Yes, this can stay on your record. A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to a $2500 fine and up to one year in the county jail. You need to hire a good criminal defense lawyer who can try to negotiate a reasonable deal for you.

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  • What will i get in court?

    Hi thereLastnight I went to a pub with my boyfriend and friend.My friend got very drunk and started rows with everyone. I put her in a cab to go home she jumped out the cab shouting her mouth of at me. We both pushed each other. Then my friend sai...

    Debra’s Answer

    You have posted this in the forum for England, Arkansas, a small town in the central USA. You need to post it in the U.K., because the laws may be very different there. You should contact an attorney immediately to assist you.

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