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Debra Joan Cheatham Reece

Russellville Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. If a person has a warrant but did not recieve it how long does the state have to issue it before it is dropped

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Bart Charles Craytor
    2. Claiborne Hambrick Ferguson
    3. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    4. Douglas Holbrook
    4 lawyer answers

    All of the answers are correct, but there is another thing. If you did not move and they never served the warrant on you, their lack of diligence can mean the warrant is stale. hire an attorney. if this is the case, they may be able to get it thrown out. I've done that several times for clients with stale warrants.

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  2. Must fines be paid off before probation term expires?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Kathryn L. Hudson
    2. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    3. Frank Mascagni III
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes. As a couple of other folks have said, the only other option is to extend your probation. This is because they hold probation over your head to ensure you pay your fines. If you fail to pay them, they can violate you on the probation and put you in jail for the probation violation. If they ended your probation without your fines being completely paid, they would have nothing to revoke. So if it is impossible for you to pay off your fines completely, talk to your probation officer about...

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  3. Can my child and I still live with my fiance even though in his divorce papers it says no romantic persons shall stay the night?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Kathryn L. Hudson
    3. Peggy Margaret Raddatz
    3 lawyer answers

    He can be held in contempt of court for violating the order, if his ex files an action against him. I agree with the other poster that marriage is a clean option that eliminates any violation. If marriage is for some reason not an option, he can either not have his kids spend the night, or hope his ex doesn't file an action against him. You yourself won't be the person to get into trouble -- he will. (Unless, of course, you have a custody/visitation order regarding your daughter that says the...

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  4. Do detectives have the right to demand a person come in for questioning without a warrant, etc?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Kathryn L. Hudson
    3. Mark M Cheser
    3 lawyer answers

    Your friend has an ABSOLUTE right to remain silent and no, they cannot require her to be questioned. She should absolutely have a lawyer. She should not agree to talk to the police about anything without a lawyer present. Police are allowed to lie to people to try to get a confession, and their coercive actions often frighten a person into saying something incriminating EVEN IF THEY ARE INNOCENT. But the suspect MUST demand a lawyer, stick to it, and refuse to answer any questions without a...

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  5. Do I have grounds to sue for wrongful termination or defamation of character/slander?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Mark Steven Paullin
    2 lawyer answers

    I agree with Mr. Paullin. You need to talk to an employment law attorney in your area. You have several things going on here, and they are not clear from your post. You don't say if it was the manager, or HR, or some officer of the company who terminated you. Whether a termination is "wrongful" or not usually depends on whether you have an employment contract or an employee handbook that the company is required to follow. Since Arkansas is an "at will" employment state, an employer can fire...

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  6. Is it legal for the same firm that has represented me recently to represent another party against me?

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Jennifer L. Ellis
    2 lawyer answers

    It depends. A lawyer or his firm may not represent someone against a former client in the "same or similar matter". In other words, if the lawyer who represented you was privy to information about you that could now hurt you in this new suit, he is conflicted out of representing you. And most of the time, a lawyer conflicted out means their firm is also conflicted out. You need to let your current lawyer know. They may need to file a motion to disqualify opposing counsel. Note that...

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  7. If pecans from my tree fall into my neighbors yard who ownes the pecans ?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Timothy L Williams
    2 lawyer answers

    In Arkansas, they are probably his. You would have to trespass on his property to get them. It would be different if your kid accidentally kicks a football into his yard (clearly he doesn't get ownership of the football just because it lands on his property). But, since this is a natural fixture to the land, there is a good chance a court would rule that the pecans are the property of whomever owns the land they fall on. so if you don't want him having them, you could always pick them before...

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  8. Statute of limitations and wrong information on paperwork they want me to sign

    Answered about 4 years ago.

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

    I do not want to appear unhelpful, but you need to understand going in that no attorney is allowed to give legal advice when they don't know all the circumstances, because they could be committing malpractice by doing so. If you hire an attorney, that attorney will go to the court and pull all the documents in the file, and will be able to answer your questions. For instance, you say "my court dates have been post poned due to i would not sign the papers coz there was nothing about the tint...

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  9. What can I do ? Forgot to appear for no proof of insurance now a warrant?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    2. Seth Layton Bowman
    2 lawyer answers

    You need to talk to an attorney who regularly practices in the district court in Carroll County. That attorney can advise you on how to surrender yourself and take care of the bond and everything all at once. When you get a FTA (failure to appear) charge, that is a completely separate charge, with a completely separate fine. So be prepared to pay both the speeding ticket and the FTA fine all at once. Get a lawyer to smooth it out for you. Yes, it will require also paying a lawyer, but that's...

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  10. Can my ex move my kid 14 hrs away with 9 days notice with him having joint primary custody?

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. R. Keith Pike
    2. Debra Joan Cheatham Reece
    3. Samuel F Eastman
    3 lawyer answers

    If he has primary physical custody, you do not have joint custody. Unfortunately, lots of people agree to that, thinking they're getting joint custody when they're not. In Arkansas, there is a presumption that the person with primary physical custody can move. You would have to rebut that presumption. You need to speak to a family law attorney and file a motion to try to prevent the move.

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