Misdemeanor or Felony

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Built on years of experience, Attorney Gary McDonald has a tradition of personal service and a well-deserved reputation for zealous representation of our clients.

Unfortunately, sometimes our actions bring us into conflict with the laws and regulations of the land.

Some conflicts are more serious than others which lead some to be classified as either a misdemeanor or felony.

For the layman, the difference between some of our laws and regulations can be quite confusing, especially as breaking them can result in a variety of fines and imprisonment.

As a rule of thumb, in Arkansas, misdemeanors can incur punishment of fines and/or county or local jail time.

On the other hand, as a rule of thumb, a felony can incur punishment of fines and/or state prison terms.

If you find yourself with problems because of a conflict with the law of the land, whether it be accidental or an unwise decision on your part, you may want to consider consulting an attorney to help navigate the pitfalls you may encounter.

Having to appear in court before a judge is a serious matter. Don’t do it alone. If you have been arrested, consider securing the services of a attorney before you do so.

Gary McDonald is an experienced attorney serving El Dorado, Arkansas and the surrounding areas. 

He is no stranger to the courtroom, having successfully tried cases in the District, Circuit, Appeals and Supreme Courts of Arkansas as well as the U.S. District Courts of Arkansas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit.

Gary McDonald, Attorney at Law, El Dorado Arkansas  (870) 862-1498

End of Life Asset Protection

Do you need End of Life Asset Protection?

Do I need a will?Do you have dependent you want to care for after you die?

Who do you want in control of your assets when you die?

The State of Arkansas already has in place laws and directives to to address what happens to your assets and possessions when you die. 

If you don’t want the state to address what happens at this time you may want to create a will and/or other documents to address your personal situation.

More Information on Wills & End of Life documents here >>>>

Happy Independence Day

Happy Independence Day

As we celebrate this  4th of July, 2018, lets not forget our veterans who have been instrumental in keeping our nation the United States of America free.Independence day picture

This holiday is celebrated in many ways when family and friends get together to enjoy the holiday. Let’s remember to keep our elders and veterans involved in our celebration. After all, we wouldn’t be here and have the freedom to enjoy this holiday if it were not for them.

To many of our elders and veterans are alone and forgotten. Do something for a veteran or an elder this week, even if it is only saying “hello, how are you?” or “thank you for your service” to one. Don’t know one? Or where to find one? Try your local nursing home. Just visit the community area there and visit with some of the residents. You both will receive a blessing from your visit.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!

 
To many, this weekend is the official start of the summer. School is out, or almost out for the kids and many families are traveling or getting together to celebrate the holiday weekend.
 
Lets not forget the older generation and our veterans at this time of the year. Many have little or no family left and holidays do not bring the joy that they did in the past. A kind word or phone call to the ones we know can bring a little cheer into their lives.
 
After all, if it were not for the older generations, we would not be here. Also, if it were not for the veterans we would not have the safety and liberties we enjoy here in the US.
 
May all have a safe and blessed weekend.

Changing Times & Laws

Reflections on Changing Times & Laws

Spending time involved in the court systems brings to ones attention on how much the law has changed thru out history.

Looking back into past history, we see that time moves forward, nations emerge and other ones vanish, our customs change, but it seems that man does not.

The first documented murder happened when Cain killed Abel in the Bible and crime has not stopped since. Laws were instituted by man in order to protect society and the court systems have evolved to uphold the laws.

In the past, stealing a man transportation (his horse) was a hanging offense for the offender and oftentimes a death sentence for the owner of the horse, especially if he was left stranded in the wilderness of the wild west without any food or water.

In todays world, stealing a mans transportation (his motor vehicle) is often done for a thrill by some and a business by others. It’s no longer a hanging offense and most of our society does not seem to be too concerned with the offense…. possibly the owner of the vehicle is… especially if its not insured. The thief might be, if he or she it caught.

In the past, murder was also a hanging offense and justice was often swift. Justice might have been in the form of a legal execution by hanging by the neck until dead or sometimes by vigilante justice. Or many times by family members that believed in an “eye for an eye”, especially when a marshal, sheriff or lawman might be many days travel away. Most of us “oldtimers” are familiar with the “Hatfield & McCoy Feud” which is an example of family members dispensing what they consider “justice”.

Over time, reasons for crimes such as killing and stealing have changed. They still happen, but in many different circumstances. Just watch the news and you will see what I mean. We now classify crimes into different categories with punishment to suit. In past history, murder and many other crimes was a hanging offense or death sentence. In todays society, maybe not!

In todays society, justice is usually not quite as swift, as the court systems at times move slowly. Moving slowly with some calm deliberation about dispensing justice is one way of trying protect the accused rights. Usually, opinions vary on whether justice is dispensed fairly by the parties involved, depending on which side of the law they are on at the time.

As we look at crimes and conditions in other countries and also the crime in our own country, I think most will agree that we need laws designed to protect the innocent and society as a whole.

Best DWI Lawyers in El Dorado AR

Best DWI – DUI Lawyers in El Dorado Arkansas

Some Attorneys do have a better success rate than others in defending certain criminal charges.

To decide which DWI – DUI Lawyer in the El Dorado Arkansas is best for you, ask how successful they been in defending these charges.

Naturally, anyone that has been given a ticket or arrested on any charge would like to have the charge dismissed, but in many cases that may not happen.

If you have been arrested for DWI – DUI, you may want to meet with a attorney to discuss your case. A competent attorney should be able to advise you as what to expect.

If there is no chance of getting the charges dismissed, talk to your attorney about the possibility of getting them reduced.

A DWI – DUI can mean large fines, possibly jail time, loss of your vehicle and can affect your drivers license, driving privileges, insurance rates, job, and even your marriage.

The State of Arkansas has the burden of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that a driver was intoxicated and was operating or in actual physical control of the vehicle at the time the investigation began.

A well-educated, properly trained and sufficiently experienced DWI defense lawyer will make an independent investigation to discover all of the information which the police officer had at the time of the arrest in order to make an independent determination whether the facts will support a conviction. Moreover, that lawyer will design his defense to demonstrate the weakness of the state’s proof.

Gary McDonald is that well-educated, properly trained, sufficiently experienced lawyer who is not afraid to assert a vigorous defense on your behalf.

For a FREE case evaluation, call Gary McDonald at the McDonald Law Firm.
Offices Located in Simmons First Bank Plaza
100 West Grove Suite 308 El Dorado AR
PHONE (870) 862-1498 FAX (870) 862-4071
E-Mail: gary@garymcdonald.net

End of Life Preparations

Are your Affairs (Preparations)in Order in Case of End of Life?

This time of the year is when many begin to think about getting their affairs into order. For some reason the holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas bring on a sense of melancholy for some, excitement and happiness for many.

This is a time for visiting with friends, renewing old acquaintances, gift giving and just a general sense of enjoying life and giving thanks.

Tax time is just around the corner and as people prepare for that, they also begin to think about getting their other affairs in order, such as wills, powers of attorney, paperwork concerning health issues and other end of life documents.

Time off from work gives some of us time to think about these issues and a window of opportunity take care of them.

Many of us know we need to address these items but just keep putting them off.

End of life documents can make is easier for your spouse and survivors to handle lives problems and tragedies.

If you don’t have a last will and testament, power of attorney, and advanced health care plan in case of a terminal illness or death, don’t wait until is too late for these to benefit your survivors.

Working Remotely

Working Remotely -Is working remotely the same as working from home?

Both yes or no could be the correct answer here. As technology improves, new communication applications and use of the internet allows a lot of flexibility in where a person is able to meet his or her work production requirements.

Many whose job or work requires that they be out of the workplace on a regular basis operate their businesses or fulfill their work duties remotely.

Take a look around you as you are out and about. You will see many using their cell phones, tablets or computers. Our first thoughts may be, why can’t these people put this equipment down, get off Facebook, quit playing games on them or just turn them off.

But if we play closer attention, we might see that many of them are actually fulfilling their work related duties outside the office or workplace.

There are some employees and business owners that rarely of into the office or workplace as most of their job duties can be fulfilled without doing so.

Just recently, in the Walmart parking lot, I spoke with a teacher that shared with me that he was on the way to his college classroom because it was Friday and he was required to go into the classroom one day a week. Most of his classes were online and he was able to teach from anywhere that his could get an online connection. This type of teaching is getting to be offered more and more as it lessons the burden on both the teacher and the student by allowing both some flexibility in their time requirements.

Another young person that I’m acquainted with, works in the insurance department at a bank. His hours are tremendously flexible and he stays out of his office a lot. Much of his work requirements can be done online and thru the use of a computer, tablet or cell phone.

Many jobs in todays marketplace are only available because they can be operated remotely. Some of my family members have jobs that are fulfilled from home and/or by traveling to various locations on a regular basis. Being able to work remotely is what makes these jobs available.

A friend of mine actually has a home based business where he creates a physical product in his workshop at home, packs it, prints a shipping label from his home office and schedules a pickup from UPS to come by and pick the item up and deliver it to his customer. Materials and shipping supplies can be ordered online and shipped to his workshop. So in theory, he doesn’t have to leave home to operate his business.

So yes, I would say that working remotely can be the same as working from home.

In my own case, I’ve have recently done some traveling for personal reasons, and being able to work remotely has allowed me to take the trips. Also, some of my work requires me to be out of the office in the courtroom and at other locations. Being able to keep up with my office work and taking care of my business remotely is certainly helpful and beneficial.

Now granted, many of us would be tempted to not do the work if we were not supervised or otherwise held accountable. But many of us have work or jobs where they are paid for sales or production. If we don’t produce, we won’t have the job or business long.

I would be interested in hearing about any ways that any of your fulfill your work related duties away from the workplace by remote means.