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Cody Wayne Dowden

Criminal defense Attorney at Bentonville, AR

5.0   103 reviews

About Cody

Learn Cody’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    65%
    With nearly a decade of criminal work, both as a prosecutor and defense attorney, I have handled many thousands of cases, both misdemeanors and felonies

    15 years

  2. DUI and DWI
    25%
    DUI/DWI cases handled include both prosecuted and defended in district court bench trials and circuit court jury trials

    15 years

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket
    10%
    Speeding tickets, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, no insurance, and all other traffic violations

    15 years

Cody W. Dowden has over a decade of experience fighting for clients rights throughout Bentonville and the surrounding areas. He focuses his career exclusively on criminal defense, offers reasonable fees, flexible appointment times, and payment options to fit your budget. Most importantly, when you call Cody, you get Cody, meaning you benefit from his experience, insights, and time spent as a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. Contact the law firm of Cody W. Dowden, Attorney at Law to schedule your free initial case consultation or to learn more about how Cody can help protect your rights and your freedom, because serious problems require effective solutions.

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Licensed for 15 years
State AR
Status Active
Acquired 2007
Updated 10/07/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Cody

Cody W. Dowden, Attorney at Law
1202 NE McClain Road
Suite 138
Bentonville, AR, 72712

Reviews

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Posted by Juan | August 22, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Cody is a great lawyer accurate on everything he does, our case was hard but Codys skills took care of it. One of the things like it the most was the communication he had with us as clients, very responsive on every question we had, very profecional at all times. I highly recommend Cody for your case.
Posted by CW | August 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
No Doubt this was my Attorney
Received a couple Game and Fish Violations and I wasn't sure what to do. Cody's confidence eased my mind knowing that he was there to help me. I have absolutely no regrets in hiring this man. He was always in communication with me and took care of everything. I would definitely trust and recommend him to anyone. My case outcome resulted in better than I could have thought it would and that was all because of Cody Dowden.
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Posted by Jerry | October 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Would highly Recommen
Cody and his staff were amazing from the first phone call. Cody explained all the details to where I could understand and did everything he said he would. He also stayed in constant contact through out the whole process of my case. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing help.
Posted by Sagan | October 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The BEST defense attorney!
I highly recommend Cody for a defense lawyer! I was very nervous about my case and wether some charges got dropped and he was a rockstar and got it taken care of! He’s very professional and very easy to get in contact with. Any questions I had he responded almost immediately every time! No doubt he can win you’re case.
Posted by Victoria | March 7, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
The Best
Cody is responsive, knowledgeable, professional and hardworking. I had a traffic ticket attached to an accident (I was not at fault) and Cody worked for months and successfully got the ticket dismissed in court.
Posted by James | November 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
100% Satisfied, Highly Recommended
I hired Cody W. Dowden to defend my best friend in court from several minor probation violations and to get him out of jail as soon as possible. During my initial consultation with Cody, he clearly explained how he could help, the flat fee he would charge, and what to expect. The case proceeded with some serious challenges from the prosecution, but Cody handled all of them very capably. It helps that Cody has experience as a prosecutor, and so he knows exactly how to meet with these people and negotiate with them effectively. Just when my friend’s prospects were looking terribly bleak, Cody was able to convince the prosecution to treat my friend much more humanely. A plea deal was reached that got my friend out of jail in a short time under reasonable terms. On my friend’s final court date, I sat in on the proceedings at the courtroom, and I watched Cody in action as he handled my friend’s appearance before the judge and also those of several other clients he represented. In each case, I was very impressed by Cody’s performance. He was completely prepared, organized, and to the point, never wasting any time. When my friend began to falter slightly while speaking to the judge, Cody smoothly took over and explained my friend’s position in the best possible way. Everything went well; the judge wished my friend good luck, and he was released from jail several hours later. We are extremely grateful to Cody for the excellent work he did for us. I strongly recommend Cody to anyone needing expert criminal defense. He will strive to achieve a favorable outcome.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer hands down.
If I could have Cody as my go to lawyer in Texas I would. Got a BS ticket for 20mph something over and I have a CDL. If this went on my record it would have been a nail in the coffin for me. I was shocked he was able to keep it off my record. Best attorney I’ve had hands down.
Posted by Missy | July 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
BEST Attorney in NWA!
Cody is not only experienced in all facets of criminal law, but goes out of his way to deal with each case “hand-on”, unlike some firms where you rarely get to deal directly with the attorney. Cody is brilliant beyond his years, and maintains the highest integrity. Cody will treat you like family and provide the best possible outcome that is available. You simply can’t go wrong hiring Cody if you need serious representation. I feel he is the best available in Northwest Arkansas!
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Posted by anonymous | June 19, 2019
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Definitely the best!
I had little faith in attorneys from past experience. Cody proved to me there are good attorneys out there that do call you back and do what they say they will do. He promised me nothing but told me what to expect. He was always there to answer my questions and take care of me. My charges were dropped thank you Cody!!
Posted by Ana | June 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer!
I was in such a time of need and I found Cody. He is so kind and very understanding. He helped me beat my DWI and I’m so thankful for what he has done for me. I %100 recommend him to everyone.
Posted by Whitney | May 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
We hired Cody to handle cases in 2 different counties for us. One case was an older one that hadn't been taken care of with multiple misdemeanor charges and the other was one big felony charge. Let me start by saying never once did I have to wait more than an hour or two for a response and honestly probably less than that. He was very quick to get me any info or answer any questions I might've had. Always very professional and straight forward about possible case outcomes. We are extremely satisfied with the outcome of both cases. He had a couple of the misdemeanor charges dropped in the 1st case and will just pay necessary fines on the other charges. The felony that could've been punishable by 3+yrs in jail . . Probation and the felony will eventually wind up being expunged!! No jail time on either and we are beyond thankful for that!! I'm so glad to have gone with Cody for our attorney!! Hopefully this will be it but if we need assistance again . . We know who will take care of business!! Cant thank you enough Cody!! Keep up the great work!!
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Response from Cody Dowden May 2, 2019
You are so welcome! I'm glad things turned out so well. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you going forward. Good luck!
Posted by Gery | March 27, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer, great guy
I live in another state and had an issue in Rogers that had my driver's license jammed up. I had talked to other lawyers in the area and just couldn't afford them, especially with the outcome and expense that they were projecting to resolve it. I contacted Cody and right off the bat he was reasonable and confident that he could get me a good result. Within a day there was progress, and within a couple of weeks it was DONE. Cody kept after the problem, kept me up to date on what was happening, and got the job done. If I ever need an attorney in Arkansas again, Cody is the only one on the list to call. I am pleased beyond measure with everything he did and would recommend him to anyone looking for a good lawyer.
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Response from Cody Dowden March 29, 2019
Thank you for the feedback, Gery. I'm glad I was able to help get your case resolved in a satisfactory manner. I hope you don't need me again, but if you do I'm willing to help in any way that I can. Best of luck to you.
Posted by Michael | February 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic ticket
Cody is friendly and responsive. I would definitely use him again in any future issues
Response from Cody Dowden February 20, 2019
Thank you; I'm glad to hear that! Hopefully you won't need me again, but if so I'll be happy to help. Good luck to you.
Posted by Kimberly | December 20, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond my expectations!
I called around and landed the perfect lawyer! Cody is very personable and does everything in his power to help with your case! One of the nicest things is that he is hands on. You speak to him and not through anyone else. I strongly recommend hiring Cody!
Response from Cody Dowden December 21, 2018
Thanks for the feedback Kimberly! I'm glad you found working with me a pleasant experience. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
Posted by Brent | December 16, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
More Than We Hoped
“Cody did a fantastic job for us! Was honest with us during the whole process. Worked with us closely ensuring we had a successful result! If you need an honest, hard working, results driven lawyer, Cody is the one you need!”
Response from Cody Dowden December 17, 2018
Thank you for the feedback Brent! I am very happy with the results we obtained in your case. I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas.
Posted by Suboor | November 30, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Best choice I’ve ever made!
Cody was phenomenal. I spoke with EVERY lawyer in NWA after I received a reckless speeding ticket. I had a few other tickets on my driving record so I could have been facing jail time. One of the lawyers I had contacted actually told me that he guarantees I get jail time and that there was nothing he could do. He said “you can pay me $500 to go plead you not guilty but there’s nothing else I can do”. It wasn’t a simple speeding ticket by any means. I called Cody and got his opinion on the matter and he was straight forward with me and laid out all my options. He told me that if I were to end up doing jail time, it was because he tried everything he could and he didn’t have any other options left. On the initial call I told Cody that i was still looking around for the best option for me and he understood completely. Out of all the lawyers I reached out to, Cody was the ONLY one who reached back out to me to see how my search was going and if he could answer any more questions. He really made me feel like he was going to work hard on my case and not just throw it on a huge stack of other cases or pawn it on someone else he works with. I ended up hiring Cody and it was the best decision. I asked him a lot of questions and he was always patient with me and was available to answer all of them. Long story short, I ended up with no jail time and no community service. I only have to pay a small fine. I didn’t even have to go to court. If you’re ever in a situation where you feel like you’re in a bind or just feel like you messed up and need another chance, hire Cody! You won’t regret it!
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Response from Cody Dowden December 3, 2018
Thanks for the review Suboor! I'm glad your experience with hiring me was a positive one. I strive for the best possible outcome for each client, though I'll never promise an outcome I'm not certain I can deliver. I'm glad that your best-case scenario ended up being as positive as it was for you. Thanks for trusting me, and thanks for sharing your story.
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Posted by Michele | November 25, 2018
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Outstanding Representation! Result Driven!
Being from out of state, from a very metropolis area and not familiar with the slower highway speed limits on Arkansas I had received a speeding ticket for reckless driving in Arkansas. I had randomly called an attorney to represent me with the speeding ticket. The attorney was happy to represent me with the speeding ticket but he was located in Little Rock and I would incur additional fees for his time and travel. He suggested I reach out to an attorney named Cody Dowden. In fact he as a peer highly recommended Cody. I left message for Cody ( who happened to be on vacation) and he reached out to me that same day which was impressive! We spoke about my situation and he felt confident he could successfully represent me. He kept me in the loop each step of the way. I had a lot at stake with this ticket. Cody was able to resolve my case without me appearing in court, again I do not live in the state of Arkansas. I would highly recommend Cody to anyone. He was diligent in representing me and was successful. He was very easy to reach at any given time when I had questions. You will not be disappointed with Cody Dowden representing you.
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Response from Cody Dowden November 26, 2018
Thank you for taking the time to share your story with others. I'm glad we were able to get this resolved in such a favorable manner. If you need anything in the future just reach out to me. Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Posted by Richard | November 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
CHARGES DISMISSED!
Mr. Dowden did a great job got all my charges dismissed. He was very informative responded to my questions immediately he kept me out of court as much as possible. His rates are reasonable I highly recommend his Law Firm.
Response from Cody Dowden November 21, 2018
Thanks for the review Richard! And congrats on the outcome of your case. I hope it helps contribute to a happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by Samuel | September 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Client
Cody was great at resolving my issue. I received a better outcome than expected.
Response from Cody Dowden September 28, 2018
It’s always nice to hear that a client’s expectations were exceeded. Thank you for the feedback.
Posted by Brandon | August 25, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing!!!!!
Amazing work. He got me off a ticket that I thought was going to cause me to lose my license. I recommend him to everyone. He is very easy to contact. He always responds back with in an hour. He answers all your questions before you even have to ask. I can tell he really cares about helping his clients out the best way he can
Response from Cody Dowden August 29, 2018
Thank you for sharing your experience Brandon. The worst experience a client can have with an attorney is paying them their hard-earned money only to end up feeling ignored or forgotten. I'm pleased that you are happy with the outcome of your case and I wish you luck going forward. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Dowden Law Office
  • 2016 - Present
  • DWI/Criminal Defense Litigation Attorney
  • Howerton Law Firm
  • 2016 - 2016
  • DWI/Criminal Defense Litigation Attorney
  • Norwood & Norwood, P.A.
  • 2012 - 2016
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney
  • Garland County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Arkansas DF&A
  • 2007 - 2008
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Education

  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2007
  • Sam Houston State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2004

Legal Cases

  • DWI Drugs - ACV
  • Jury trial - not guilty
  • Domestic Assault 1st Degree
  • Not guilty after trial
  • DWI .20 blood alcohol level
  • Not guilty after trial

Associations

  • Arkansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Moot Court Board
  • Chairman
  • 2006 - 2007

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Biographical Listing
  • Who's Who In American Law
  • 2017
  • Certificate - Standardized Field Sobriety Tests
  • NHTSA approved SFST Course
  • 2014
  • Chairman
  • Moot Court Board
  • 2006
  • Best Oralist
  • Moot Court Competition
  • 2006
  • Traveling Team Member
  • National Moot Court Team
  • 2006
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Speaking Engagements

  • Concealed Carry Law
  • Appropriate Police Interactions - What You Need to Know
  • 2019
  • Concealed Carry Law
  • Permitting Process, Background Checks, and Grounds for Revocation
  • 2019
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • DWI - Under the Rocks
  • 2017
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Where to Dig for Gold in DWI Defense
  • 2017
  • Pi Beta Phi Chapter Meeting
  • DWI and Alcohol Awareness
  • 2016
  • Capstone I Series - General Practice
  • DWI Defense - Traffic Stop Through Court
  • 2016
  • Alpha Gamma Rho Chapter Meeting
  • DWI Awareness
  • 2016
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Domestic Violence and Firearm Restrictions
  • 2015
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • The Effects of Arkansas Domestic Violence Cases on Federal Firearm Restrictions
  • 2015
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Field Sobriety Tests
  • 2014
  • Armed American Radio live
  • Prosecuting Crime with Hands Tied
  • 2011
  • Armed American Radio live
  • Guns in American Crime
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (28)
Given (30)
DUI and DWI Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I first met Cody when he was working as a prosecutor. What struck me was his drive. Many prosecutors just went through the motions; not Cody. He researched the issues prior to trial and put up one hell of a fight. When Cody decided to leave the prosecutors office I had no hesitation in giving him a glowing recommendation. He is dedicated, intelligent, and has a great courtroom demeanor."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Simply put, Cody is a great attorney. His knowledge of the law and dedication to his clients' cases sets him apart from other attorneys. When he was a prosecutor, he was always a prepared and aggressive advocate in the courtroom. Luckily for those accused of crimes, his skills are now being used for criminal defense and are serving his clients well."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"While I have no professional experience with Mr. Dowden, it is easy to recognize good attorneys through the advice they give. Mr. Dowden consistently gives not only knowledgeable responses to the questions presented, but also honest responses. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Mr. Dowden as a knowledgeable attorney who has his client's best interest at heart. Mr. Dowden has demonstrated a vast array of knowledge in the legal field, and his experience is to the benefit of those he represents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this attorney, whose reputation and credentials speak for themselves."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cody provides a valuable service on Avvo. He gives excellent answers to user questions on this site. I am happy to endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This lawyers credentials speak for itself. What are you waiting for? Hire him!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Dowden brings his prosecutorial experience to the aid of his DUI/DWI clients. This serves to equal the playing field as much as possible. Add to this his extensive trial experience, and his clients find themselves in the best hands possible. I gladly endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cody is extremely knowledgable in the area of DUI & DWI defense, and I would recommend him to anyone wanting to fight this charge in the Northwest Arkansas area."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Cody is a great trial attorney and fights hard for his clients. His experience makes him a fantastic criminal defense attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer. Cody fights for each and every client. He has achieved spectacular results for many clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cody is an experienced, highly respected attorney who always represents his clients with the utmost of skill,knowledge and understanding.i can readily endorse him without hesitation or reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Co-worker
"Cody works as hard for his clients as any attorney I know. His experience with and knowledge of the law allows him to thoroughly analyze each case. Simply put, if there is a way to win your case, Cody will find it."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Other
"This attorney has great determination and drive. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Other
"This attorney has great determination and drive. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Cody was prosecutor in Garland County when I first began to practice law. I have always known him to be hard working and knowledgeable about his cases and the law. These attributes have certainly served him well in his switch to defending people in their legal matters."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Cody is an experienced trial attorney with a complete understanding of the criminal justice system. He thinks outside of the box and genuinely cares about the future of his clients. I strongly endorse Cody."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Other
"Attorney Cody Wayne Dowden is an asset to the bar. His answers on this site demonstrate the depth of his knowledge and his passion for helping people."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Other
"I highly recommend this lawyer he is a true professional."
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