I believe there is a corrupt sheriff in arkansas.
I don't mean to make light of your question, but welcome to Arkansas. Corrupt sheriffs have been the norm here in this state for as long as I can remember. Whether the sheriff can be impeached or recalled is going to depend on a lot of factors. And if there is actual proof of corruption, you might want to report it to the Arkansas State Police or the FBI (two agencies that conduct independent investigations into corruption). But be careful. The moment you make a move against a sheriff in your community, you will find yourself being followed by sheriff's deputies everywhere you go. Unfortunately, that's just a fact of life. So before you start something, be sure you have rock-solid proof of the corruption you're accusing him of. Good luck!See question
Can a Landlord keep a security deposit? Our son was going to school in Arkansas. He received a job offer in another state. While home for Christmas break he called the landlord about breaking the lease. They informed him he would need t...
Ms. Corley is correct. In Arkansas, the landlord/tenant laws heavily favor landlords over tenants. Whatever your son's lease says is what is going to govern these issues. The lease will generally require a 30-day notice. The fact that the landlord is allowing him to break the lease does not relieve your son of the obligation of the 30-day notice, if it was in the lease. So check the written lease and, if necessary, consult with an attorney who can look at the lease itself. Good luck.See question
My ex-husband is $14,000 behind on child support. I have no idea where he lives, not even sure if he is in Arkansas anymore, I do not have a phone number for him either. He is very unstable and he has been diagnosed with PTSD. April will mark the ...
Mr. Bennett has given you excellent advice. In Arkansas, the law defines abandonment of a child as not meaningfully visiting or not meaningfully supporting the child for at least one year. If that happens, and if there is a stepparent to step in and adopt, then there is a method to do a stepparent adoption. Of course, the father of the child can object, but if he's not visited the child and is more than 14k behind in support, chances are he won't object.
I do always advise clients to be very sure this is what they want to do, because an adoption completely cuts the child off from, not only the parent, but all those parent's relatives. So if the child would stand to inherit from his grandparents or aunts, uncles, etc., from that side of the family, you might just want to limit his visitation to supervised visitation or no visitation, but leave the parental rights intact to benefit your child later on. On the other hand, if there is no inheritance benefit, then adoption is probably the way you want to go. Talk to a good family law attorney in the jurisdiction where the initial custody decision was made. You will want an attorney who regularly practices in front of the judge that will be deciding the adoption petition, because different judges handle things differently and it's critical that you have an attorney who knows that judge.
Good luck!See question
I have a suspended driver's license from a DWI. I did not complete my DWI classes within the 6 month period and was given a 30 day commitment jail sentence. I only served 3 days and never looked back. The city (Benton, AR) where I received the DWI...
Mr. Dowden's answer is on point. You need to contact the court immediately and find out why they suspended you. They probably either have charged you with contempt or with Failure to Comply. Either one will suspend your DL. Advice: You really should get an attorney to help you with this. Often, they can smooth the way in a manner that a defendant just can't do on their own. Good luck!See question
My daughter, shared a mobile phone account with me, she has winced reneged, and left me with a very big bill, and an early termination fee. How do I recoup what she owes?
It is very sad when a person takes advantage of a family member. Unfortunately, it happens much too often. As Mr. Scholl said, you may be able to sue her in small claims court. But it will depend on whether you had an agreement to pay her portion of the bill. And that will be shown by either a written agreement or past behavior. In other words, if you and she shared that account for several months and every month she wrote you a check for her portion, then you'll be able to show by her conduct that she was supposed to pay it. Otherwise, you may be out of luck in court and have to cover the bill yourself. That's the problem with letting someone else be on your account -- sometimes you get stuck with the bill. The good thing is that in small claims court, it is usually not very expensive to try to sue someone for what they owe you. You might want to have a brief consultation with a lawyer in your area to discuss your rights, or go down to your local small claims court and ask them for the documents you need to be able to file a small claims action against someone. There is usually a small filing fee ($50, I believe), and you'll need to be able to provide them with her address so she can be served, or they may require you to get her served by a process server or deputy. Good luck.See question
xwife is currently under investigation by DHS, for neglect and child abuse, she's had numerous men around my 3yr old son (convicted felons)(drug addicts) . I have supervised visits with my mother, my mother keeps him 18 to 20 days out of the month...
Please take this answer in the spirit in which it is made. If you have "supervised visits," then there is clearly an issue that a court has taken with you being able to be around your child alone. It doesn't matter for this forum what that reason is -- just that a court has done that, and has apparently not made the same restrictions on the mother (or at least you did not say that it had).
You need to talk to a good family-law attorney in your area. Since your mother is already keeping your child so much of the time, that lawyer may suggest a guardianship if there is some reason the court will not allow you to have custody of your child.
And as another attorney responded to you -- for you to say you want to get a lawyer "who has enough brains" is completely insulting and is likely to keep anyone good from wanting to help you. So when you go in search of a good family-law attorney in your area, I suggest you be respectful. We are like any other service profession; there are a few bad ones, but most of us work really hard to be good at what we do because we care about our clients. Believe me, if we have the "brains" to get through law school, we could have also done a lot of other things that wouldn't require us to be in service to people who often don't appreciate us. So check the attitude at the door, or you'll find yourself with no one who will be willing to help you.See question
I was caught "stealing" at Walmart I was told by a CM that someone was following me inside walmart, I happened to be a the self check out I checked out some items and proceeded out the store, they stopped me before I got out the door and they got...
You have received some excellent advice on here. If you have no record and are a first-time offender, there is perhaps something that can be negotiated with the prosecutor to keep you from having a conviction on your record. But your excuses that you are giving (whether they are true or not) are not going to matter. And if this occurred in Russellville, where you posted your question, your excuses are particularly not going to work with our local district court judge. Your best (and probably only) bet is to hire a good criminal defense attorney who can try to negotiate a plea with the prosecutor that will keep you from having a conviction. There are ways to do that, and they will depend on your behavior with the police officer and the people at WalMart. You should know that Wal-Mart is particularly aggressive about prosecuting shoplifters, and has multiple cameras in its ceilings throughout the store and, especially, at the checkouts, where they know people are more likely to try to steal stuff. So it is likely that your defense of "I forgot and didn't really put it in my purse" is either going to be supported or contradicted by their video. Get a lawyer now before you have a criminal record and it's too late. Good luck!See question
I received a parking ticket from my college. The ticket was a complete nonsense and make a bogus condition. The parking department provides an appeal process but required to prepay the parking fine and $20 non-refundable fee. I do not know cou...
The problem is (and Mr. Scholl alludes to it) that if the "public university" is one of the University of Arkansas campuses, or another university that is considered an arm of the state of Arkansas, then that University has something called "sovereign immunity" and you cannot sue it in court. This comes from an ancient rule in England where you could not sue the king in his own courts. Similarly, you cannot sue the State in her own courts. Instead, there is a process by which you go through the Claims Commission. It's long and complicated and much too extensive to go into here. You should talk to a local attorney regarding your issue. Unfortunately, many parking tickets are "bogus," but it's more expensive to fight them than to just pay them (and the officers issuing the parking tickets know this). So if you really think you have a case, be prepared to pay an attorney a good deal of money to take your case and handle the lawsuit, whether in court or in the claims commission. And know that you may end up not having to pay the ticket, but you will have expended a great deal more money to prove your point. Good luck!See question
I'm a manager at a restaurant and I make salary plus bonus. We were robbed at gun point during a shift that I wasn't working. They got $900. My employer charged me for $600 of the stolen amount and deducted it from my bonus pay.
I agree with the other attorney who answered your question. If you earned the money, they cannot deduct it out of your pay. However, it sounds like the bonus is discretionary, meaning they don't have to pay it at all. If that's the case, they may very well be able to deduct it, especially if the bonus is based on profit (since the robbery loss would cut into the employer's profit). Speak to an employment law attorney in your area (there are several good ones), and let him or her know the full facts and circumstances in your case, including any employment contract you have that outlines your bonus schedule. Good luck!See question