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Cops, Ignorance & Tiaras

11 January 2013
Criminal & DUI/DWI Law

Miss University of Arkansas, Sarah Gafvert, was arrested a few months ago on a charge of Arkansas DWI.  As I recall, there was the typical rush to judgment on Ms. Gafvert’s guilt.  However, as this ABC News story points out, things aren’t always what they seem. Ms. Gafvert informed the cop that she had Type 1 Diabetes and was having a hypoglycemic episode.  What does the officer do?  Take her to the hospital to be treated and have a blood test to determine her BAC?  Of course not.  

"The Best Around"

11 January 2013
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2012 was another successful year at Bennett & Williams.  More proof that if you’re looking for the best dwi/dui lawyers in Arkansas, you need look no further: Tommy and Brad were the only DWI lawyers voted Best Lawyers in Little Rock in the December 2012 issue of Little Rock Soireemagazine. Brad and Chip were selected as one of Arkansas’ 2012 Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers. Tommy, Brad, and Chip were all selected as 2012 Super Lawyers Rising Stars. And, most impor

Best in Show

21 December 2011
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Congratulations to Tommy, Brad, and Chip!  All 3 of our attorneys made this year’s DWI lawyer list in the 2011 Mid-South Super Lawyers issue.  It’s always nice when other people recognize what most people already know.  :)

Arkansas DWI & DUI Convictions...

28 March 2011
Criminal & DUI/DWI Law

Can Be Expunged Starting August 1, 2011! I have received MANY inquiries over the years from people who were interested in expunging a past Arkansas DWI or DUI conviction.  Unfortunately, my answer has always been “NOT A CHANCE.” That is, until now. On March 23rd, Act 626 was passed, allowing for misdemeanor DWI and DUI convictions to be expunged FIVE (5) years after the completion of his or her sentence for the conviction(s).  It also allows expungement of Arkansas misdemeanor convictio

Enter Sandman

30 June 2010
Criminal & DUI/DWI Law

We will all sleep better tonight knowing that all of those people being arrested (at least by the LRPD) for DWI are being arrested ONLY after a thorough and accurate investigation of the person’s mental and physical faculties has been conducted.  In honor of our country’s anniversary of its freedom from oppression and tyranny, local law enforcement is going to arrest as many people as it can. Fox16 news story of Arkansas DWI / DUI cops getting refresher course for field sobriety tests. Be

Batman Hates the Constitution, Too

25 April 2010
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Batman was always a little darker than Superman.  He always had a little less respect for legal conventions when it came to taking down the bad guys.  Superman, on the other hand, was much more diplomatic and respectful in his approach.  I could see Superman calling Metropolis’ city attorney for advice before storming into someone’s home.  Batman, not so much. So, it’s not surprising that Batman has lent his name to a mobile blood testing lab (The “Blood Alcohol Testing” or “B.A

Reinstatement Fees…

1 February 2010
Criminal & DUI/DWI Law

A Golden Egg for the State, A Golden Pile of $&!% for the Rest of Us When you are charged with a DWI in Arkansas, you can get your driver’s license back as soon as you serve out your license suspension period (6 months for a first time DWI). If you want your license back after the period is over, you must (among other things) pay a “reinstatement fee” of $150.  That is, unless you were found not guilty in the meantime. So who’s the lucky person that gets $150 for the 1000′s of

Go Green, Avoid a DWI...Maybe

20 November 2009
Criminal & DUI/DWI Law

The recent story about the fella in Minnesota that got a DWI for driving his motorized “La-Z-Boy” chair brings to mind a good point regarding DWI law (The Smoking Gun news story about Minnesota man getting a DWI / DUI while on a La-Z-Boy).  What kind of “vehicle” do I have to be driving to be convicted of a DWI or DUI in Arkansas? Arkansas law makes it a crime for a person to drive a “motor vehicle” while being intoxicated (or, for a DUI, under the influence) or while having a bloo

It's NOT a "Candygram"

25 September 2009
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If you ask a shark if today’s a good day to go swimming, of course he’s going to say yes.  He’s a shark.  On the other hand, you can’t blame him too much when he bites your leg off. I read an article in last Saturday’s DemGaz by the “Drivetime Mahatma.”  It was called “Saying no to a breath test a loaded issue.”  In it, a reader asks whether he had to blow into a portablebreathalyzer that was stuck in his face at a DWI roadblock.  The Mahatma proceeds to inform the reade

No Cops in Arkansas Town

10 September 2009
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Per Capita Income Skyrockets! Ok…the picture was a little too easy this time.  It may not be the stuff that the little-remembered CBS series entitled Jericho was made of (the aftermath of nuclear war seen through the eyes of the inhabitants of Jericho, Kansas), but the real-life happenings in Jericho, Arkansas are pretty unbelievable too. Fox news story about criminal investigation into Jericho, Arkansas. The rundown?  Jericho:  a town of 174 residents and SEVEN cops.  Cops write s

Truths, Half-Truths, and Lies

23 August 2009
Criminal & DUI/DWI Law

When does telling half of the truth become a lie? A press conference was held on Tuesday of last week in Little Rock so that Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Arkansas State Police could announce their upcoming and half-truthfully-named “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” campaign for the Labor Day weekend, which apparently now runs from August 21st through September 7th. To tell the truth and to be legally accurate, the slogan should be “Over the Limit or Intoxicated Based on Som

Arkansas DWI Laws Have Changed!

16 August 2009
Criminal & DUI/DWI Law

Note:  An interlock is a breathalyzer installed on your car that you blow into before starting your car and periodically thereafter.  It is supposed to ensure that your BAC is under .02 before allowing your car to start or continue to run.] Getting a DWI in Arkansas just got a little bit costlier.  Prior to July 31st, if you were charged with a first-offense DWI (under a .15 BAC), then you could have a “free” work permit that allowed the accused to travel to and from work without havin

“Highway Interdiction”…

12 August 2009
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Unfortunately, it’s more exciting than it sounds. Is it the name of the next blockbuster movie of the Summer?  Not quite.  Actually, it sounds more like some sort of advanced military maneuver.  The latter is much closer to the truth.  The U.S. Military doesn’t have to worry about whether they have an ulterior motive when pulling over a vehicle in a war zone.  Like it or not, neither does your local Arkansas police department.  And it looks like the Benton County, Arkansas Sheriff’s

Buford T. Justice a DRE?

10 August 2009
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The International Association of Chiefs of Police was in Little Rock over the weekend for its annual training conference.  It appears that the subject this year was “impaired” driving, which includes alcohol or drugs. Video of IACP Meeting in Little Rock (KTHV) The crime of DWI (Drugs) is becoming “all the rage” among arrest-hungry cops and cities looking to justify and meet their padded, not so recession-proof budgets.  However, the vast majority of the public does not realize that