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

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.

Economic Effects of Violent Crime

Are We Aware of Economic Effects of Violent Crime?

Being a member of the legal profession possibly makes one more aware of the violent crimes going our in his or her community, but we possibly all need to be aware of what is happening in our immediate areas and to be involved in community affairs.

The economic effects of violent crime are costly to the community, the taxpayers and those directly involved in the crime… the victims and the perpetrators.

Murders, rapes, assaults, and robberies quite frequently impose overwhelming economic costs on the victims who survive as well as the families of those involved, not only in the loss of earnings and the legal and medical costs involved, but also the physical and emotional tolls.

Communities also are affected by violent crimes by property values decreasing and insurance premiums increasing. Communities also see reduced investment in high-crime areas along with decreasing population in these areas which lower the tax base for the community.

When the tax base or population is lowered, the cost of community services increase per person and at times the services themselves decrease due to the costs involved.

Violent crimes also impose significant costs on the community and the taxpayers who bear the financial burden of maintaining the police personnel and operations, courts, jails, and prisons directed toward these crimes and their perpetrators.

Also, it may not be considered an economic effect of violent crime in the community, but we also have to be aware that violent crimes are a direct threat to our safety and the safety of our children and grandchildren.

Successful efforts to reduce crime can produce substantial economic benefits for the community as a whole.

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

SOBERING FACTS

SOBERING FACTS – Drunk Driving in Arkansasdwi

According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System about 1.9% of drivers on a national average report driving after drinking too much.

The statistics for Arkansas where drivers report driving after drinking too much is 1%.

In the US about one third of traffic fatalities involve a drunk driver.

Drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08% or higher are considered alcohol-impaired by law – considered to be drunk drivers.

A conviction for a DWI in Arkansas carries heavy penalties.

Keep Arkansas safe. Keep drunk drivers off the road.

Arkansas DWI

WARNING: If you have been arrested for DWI in Arkansas your drivers license may be automatically suspended unless you take immediate action!

Arrested for DWI in El Dorado, Camden, Magnolia, Lewisville or Texarkana Arkansas?

Call Gary McDonald (870) 862-1498

Getting a DWI in Arkansas can be a very intimating event. Going through the court process with a DWI or Drunk Driving Arrest can extremely stressful and scary, not to mention costly.

You will need a qualified DWI attorney who knows the DWI laws in Arkansas.

 Gary McDonald knows the lawUnion County Courthouse and is Experienced

▪ Dozens of Jury Trials
▪ More than 100 DWI trials
▪ Hundreds of DWI Clients represented
▪ Thousands of hours spent in courtroom   

If you have been charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in the State of Arkansas, you are facing potential fines, jail time, community service, permanent damage to your record, loss of liability insurance and a loss of driving privileges.

You need the services of a well-qualified DWI defense lawyer.  Police Officers and Prosecuting Attorneys will be trying to convince a Judge to assess driver’s license suspensions, heavy fines, court costs and jail sentences against you.

Call Gary McDonald at 870 862-1498 for a FREE Consultation!

MORE HELP FOR VETERANS

MORE HELP FOR VETERANS!!!!!

The Veterans Administration has developed what is being called the “Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative”.  According a Department of Veterans Affairs, April 30, 2009, Under Secretary for Health’s Information Letter, “The purpose of the initiative is to avoid the unnecessary criminalization of mental illness and extended incarceration among Veterans by ensuring that eligible Veterans in contact with the criminal justice system have access to Veterans Health Administration (VHA) mental health and substantive services.”

In Arkansas, the initiative is being administered through the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.  The initiative is one of many programs that is being offered.

Although the initiative does not prevent or preclude a veteran from having to face the consequences of his or her actions, it does allow a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney an additional avenue to better serve the client.

The VJO Initiative website can be accessed at http://www1.va.gov/HOMELESS/VJO.asp.

If you would like to learn more about Veterans Treatment Courts, please see the  Justice for Vets site.