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Thursday, 19 December 2019 / Published in Law

If you have been arrested for and/or charged with a DWI in Arkansas, you face serious penalties such as jail time, fines, and license suspension. However, there are certain actions you can take to either get your charges reduced or your entire case dismissed. Many people make mistakes that typically jeopardize their chances of obtaining the best results possible.

The following are the most common mistakes that may have a negative impact on your pending DWI case:

  • Assume that you are guilty. Perhaps the most fundamental error that people often make in their DWI case is pleading guilty. Remember, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty by the prosecution.
  • Make incriminating statements. No matter how much you try to explain your situation, nothing will help your case. Rather, all of the information you provide may help police gather more evidence against you. Keep in mind, you have the right to remain silent after arrest.
  • Fail to reinstate your driving privileges. Without your driver’s license, it can be difficult to commute to work, attend classes, drive to important appointments, and conduct your day-to-day life. Within seven days of receiving a notice of suspension/revocation after your DWI arrest, you can schedule an administrative hearing in order to contest the suspension and regain your driving privileges. Driving on a suspended license can lead to additional penalties.
  • Fail to obtain experienced legal representation. To avoid committing any type of mistake after an arrest, it is imperative to hire a DUI attorney. Make sure your lawyer is trained to handle DWI cases and does them regularly with successful outcomes.

If you have been arrested for DWI in Arkansas, request a consultation with our Jonesboro criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Paul Ford today.

Thursday, 19 December 2019 / Published in Law

If you find yourself being arrested by the police, it’s easy to become stressed and overwhelmed. In this frantic state, particularly if you have never been arrested before, you could very easily make a mistake that can significantly harm your case and impact your ability to obtain a successful outcome. And the worst part, you may not even recognize that you made this mistake. Here are three tips for handing your arrest smoothly without jeopardizing or placing your case at risk.

Don’t Resist Arrest
Are you 100% innocent? Do you feel as though your arrest is completely unwarranted? Doesn’t matter. Do not resist your arrest. Do not run away, fight, argue with the officers, or attempt to harm them in any way. Resisting arrest is a criminally-punishable offense, which will land you behind bars even if you are entirely innocent of the crime of which you were initially accused and arrested for. Likewise, those who resist arrest are usually treated with a lot less respect by the police. Cooperate for now, remember these tips, and save the fight for the courtroom where you have an attorney by your side to help you through it.

You Have the Right to Remain Silent, Use It
As a U.S. citizen, you have the right to remain silent and refuse to answer any questions until you have an attorney present. It’s strongly suggested that you utilize this right to the fullest extent. Once police read you your Miranda rights (which begin with “you have the right to remain silent”) anything you say becomes admissible in court and will be twisted and used against you. The best way to avoid this is to simply say nothing at all until you have experienced counsel present to help you through any questioning sessions. If you wish to have an attorney present, law enforcement must allow you to contact one before they may continue questioning you.

You May Refuse a Search
The Fourth Amendment also gives you the right to privacy of your possessions, whether they are on your person, in your car, or in your home. Therefore, if you have not been placed under arrest, law enforcement may not search you without either obtaining a search warrant from a judge or your consent. This means you have the right to refuse to allow the police to search you, and it’s strongly advised that you exercise it. If you give the police consent, any evidence against you they may obtain is admissible in court and will be used against you. If police do not have cause to arrest you and you refuse the search, then they must drop the matter.

The most important step to take after your arrest is to retain the services of an experienced Jonesboro criminal defense lawyer to guide you through your case. The Law Office of Paul Ford are dedicated to protecting individuals from the harshness of the criminal justice system. We believe that laws exist to protect us all, including those who are wrongly facing criminal accusations and a prosecutor seeking maximum possible penalties. Let us put our experience and knowledge to work for you and fight to protect your rights.

If you are facing criminal charges in Jonesboro, call Ford & Cook, PLC today at 870.853.3621 to schedule your initial consultation.

Thursday, 19 December 2019 / Published in Law

Following an accident, it is natural for injury victims to feel wronged, angry, and helpless. These emotions can sometimes make a victim want to take legal action as soon as possible but, in many cases, it is up to their injury counsel to stay their urgency and wait for something called maximum medical improvement, or MMI.

What is MMI?
Maximum medical improvement is the point at which doctors have determined that an accident victim will improve no further from their injuries. In many cases, this means that the injury victim has made a full recovery.

In other cases, MMI means that the injury victim’s recovery has plateaued and they will still continue to suffer certain effects or disabilities due to their accident. This is especially common following catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injuries, serious burns, or spinal cord injuries.

Why is it important?
Determining MMI is important because it allows counsel and medical professionals to work together to reasonably calculate the full scope of the victim’s post-accident costs (such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, etc.). For those suffering lasting or permanent effects, this means forecasting ongoing care and bringing the full cost of that care to the parties responsible for the accident.

The Dangers of Filing Too Early
To demonstrate why MMI is so critical, let’s take an example of “Abby,” a medical technician that was hurt when a motorist struck her at a crosswalk while she was jogging. Abby’s medical bills were initially minor and she was able to file an injury suit for the costs related to her emergency care and her painkiller prescription.

However, Abby continued to suffer debilitating headaches, fatigue and had trouble focusing. She was later diagnosed with a concussion and had to miss weeks of work to properly recover. This is the point where Abby has hit maximum medical improvement– but because she filed an injury suit directly after her accident, the full scope of her medical care and lost wages were not part of her initial suit.

At The Law Office of Paul Ford, our dedicated and proven Jonesboro personal injury attorneys believe in recovering maximum compensation for our clients. We work with the clients, doctors, and even the client’s loved ones so that we understand the full scope of the victim’s post-accident burdens and aggressively pursue that compensation from the accountable parties.

Want to learn more about how our team can assist you during this difficult time? Contact us today to start exploring your injury suit options.