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Arkansas and Missouri Criminal Defense

In the United States, you are guaranteed certain rights under the Constitution. In order to make sure that everyone is treated fairly, the Constitution offers protections to people accused of crimes. You may not have thought much about these rights, but you have probably heard of most of them:

  • To be considered innocent until proven guilty;
  • To not incriminate oneself;
  • To receive a fair trial;
  • To receive due process of law.

Of course, victims of crimes have rights, too—and they have an entire criminal justice system behind them that exists to enforce those rights, including police and prosecutors. The government has the staff and resources to investigate, charge, and prosecute crimes. What do the people who are charged with crimes have?

Typically, the only thing standing between a defendant and the government’s massive power and resources is one person: their defense attorney. Without a defense attorney to protect the rights the Constitution gives you, you are at the complete mercy of a system whose goal is a conviction in your case. That’s why your choice of defense attorney matters so much.

The Graham Law Firm PLLC understands what is at stake in your criminal law matter. Attorney Lauren Graham is an experienced criminal defense attorney. She is prepared to defend your constitutional rights and fight for your future.

Criminal Defense for Arkansas and Missouri Felony and Misdemeanor Charges

The Graham Law Firm represents clients charged with serious crimes in Arkansas and Missouri, including:

  • DWI/DUI
  • Sexual assault and other sex crimes
  • Drug possession, manufacturing, or trafficking
  • Weapons charges
  • Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Arson
  • Robbery
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Shoplifting
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Fraud
  • Vandalism
  • Traffic offenses

While conviction of a misdemeanor means that you could be sentenced to time in a local jail, a felony conviction can result in a term of years in a state prison. In Arkansas, felony crimes are divided into various classes. The punishment for a crime depends on the class into which it falls:

  • Class Y Felony: at least 10, but no more than 40 years/life in prison;
  • Class A Felony: at least six, but no more than 30 years in prison;
  • Class B Felony: at least five, but no more than 20 years in prison;
  • Class C Felony: at least three, but no more than 10 years in prison;
  • Class D Felony: no more than six years in prison.

There are also unclassified felonies; for those crimes, the statute that defines the crime also gives the sentence. Missouri also divides felonies into classes, although the classification system is somewhat different from Arkansas.

A crime does not need to be a high-level felony for a conviction to have a devastating impact on your life. Conviction of even a misdemeanor can result in fines, jail time, and the inability to qualify for certain jobs or government benefits. Beyond the potential loss of freedom and financial repercussions, a conviction can damage your reputation and your personal relationships.

So much is at stake when you are facing criminal charges. It’s not an overstatement to say that your future hinges on the quality of your defense representation.

Effective, Client-Centered Criminal Defense Representation for Arkansas and Missouri Residents

Attorney Lauren Graham spent much of her early career working as a public defender. In that role, she represented clients charged with a range of serious crimes, many of which were felonies that carried the prospect of long prison sentences.

In order to serve their clients, public defenders must be creative, efficient, savvy, and tireless. The pace of work is intense, but there is no better foundation for an attorney who wants to become skilled in criminal defense—and to develop a deep understanding of how the justice system operates.

Lauren Graham values the priceless experience she earned working as a public defender, and wanted to give her clients the benefit of that skill along with the personal service, time, and attention they deserve. She created The Graham Law Firm so that she could offer client-centered service, powerful advocacy—and results.

Unlike attorneys who try to move clients through the system as quickly as possible, Lauren makes it a priority to listen to her clients, understand their goals, and work to achieve them. She leaves no stone unturned when it comes to looking for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and defending her clients’ constitutional rights.

If you have been charged with a crime in Arkansas or Missouri, or are concerned that you could be, you need to begin mounting a defense as soon as possible. Contact The Graham Law Firm to schedule a consultation and get experience on your side.