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I’ll be putting a redirect on this site to send folks to my upgraded criminal defense blog.

Thanks for reading!

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Arkansas Criminal Defense Law

There’s a lot of milestones I have not reported that I should have.  My partner and I have been in business over a year, and we’ve worked cases in almost every county in the State.  I just want to thank everyone for being awesome and helping us out.  I always try to pay back the kindness, so let me know if you run into a legal issue or computer technical question I might be able to help with!  

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Why stop at banning guns? Let’s ban plastic shapes.

Plastics make it not possible.



Perhaps it was naive of us, as citizens of a supposedly-free country, to presume that we could so openly flaunt our ability to produce something (save for a filled-out tax form) without Uncle Sam’s permission. While Obama’s faithful prophets at Organizing for America (#OFA) run wild with tweets about #NotBackingDown (from gun control), the State Department is setting its crosshairs on 3D-printing. You silly plebeians should know that all activity (and information) must be taxed, licensed, or banned.

25-year-old Cody Wilson, the man who invented the world’s first 3D-Printed gun, the brain behind Defense Distributed, is learning that the hard way.

The U.S. State Department has taken files for the plastic shapes (used to construct the gun) offline– citing intentional arms control law.

Defense Distributed’s stated mission is to be the harbinger of a world in which all citizens could have easy access to printable…

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Example of Using Avvo for Question & Answer

I try and answer a few questions on AVVO per day.  Here is an example:

Q: I recently had a warrant for failure to pay a ticket. I have taken care of the payment and the warrant has been removed. My question is if I got a charge for failure to pay even though the warrant was not served and did not go to court. Thank you!

A:There’s over 100 district courts in Arkansas and they all work a little different. Failure to Comply (with court order) is what folks get when they don’t pay on schedule. It depends on which paper the court sent out first and what the prosecutor and court clerk did. Usually the warrant goes out after the charge. Often when the prosecutor is dealing with a warrant and a failure to do something they deal with them both at the same time. Lots of the time they are dropped with a proper legal excuse such as a medical appointment. I always check with the court clerk for my clients to see what exactly they are facing and check for any back due fines.

I’m happy to answer any questions you all have, but I must be fairly general unless you are a client.  Check out my website for more information at Arkansas Criminal Defense Lawyer.

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Settling In

We’ve been working on cases all over the State, from Texarkana to Lake Village and Osceola to Fort Smith. I learn and teach something everyday. I am settling into the practice and enjoying it. While I haven’t been updating this blog regularly, I have been active on another legal website – Avvo. Please consider visiting me there.

I want to know which criminal defense legal guides are the most sought after.  Please email me any requests, and I will try and post one here and on Avvo.

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The Real Story of Criminal Defen$e

I was quite struck by a recent set of articles in the Arkansas Times.  The premise was that anonymous folks from different industries gave the “real story” behind their day to day.  After reading about what it is like to perform beauty waxes, I naturally honed in on the impressions offered by the Criminal Defense Attorney.

While I last read this piece weeks ago, I can go off of memory to some degree.  The author postulated that there are different tiers of criminal defense attorneys – perhaps we could compare them to brands of cars.  He or she further went on to explain how it matters when you choose one.  I can explain it easier than in the article – “some attorneys do more than others to look after your well-being.”  

There are folks that charge high dollar; there are folks that charge a fraction of said high dollar.  Do all these prices make sense?  No, not always.  Part of it matters, though, just hear me out.  I get a lot of calls from “shoppers” seeking the lowest price on their matter.  I can tell who they are right away.  I often inform them that if they want the cheapest attorney, they should hire a public defender.  Invariably if they call and call others, they will find folks that offer their services for cheaper than my firm.  What are these services exactly?

The prosecutor takes pride in their job, and they do not want to let folks off easily.  When the prosecutor can tell your attorney is not willing to go to trial, guess what happens to your offer?  I cannot tell you how many times “the offer” miraculously improved after I showed up fully prepared for trial.  Likewise, following through with the trial – though it carries substantial risks and is NOT easy – is sometimes the clearest, best option.  Your budget attorney frankly doesn’t give a damn, my dear.  There are countless other areas throughout your entire case that taking the “cheap way out” can and does end up costing you years.  I do not mean the most expensive is the best, but consider this:  if I know a medium level felony case will take me a minimum of 15 hours and Mr. Budget thinks he can take care of it in 2….. it makes sense he will charge less….. but what will he really do for you?

Finally, even with top notch representation there are people that will go to jail based on their charges.    If you confessed on camera after receiving your Miranda rights on the same camera, then tell your attorney immediately.  If you confessed to everything on a signed statement that the police have, then tell your attorney.  We do not have a magic wand, and there are limitations to what we can do.  (Confessions can be suppressed, but the vast majority of them are not.  So if you are relying on confession suppression, that is less than ideal.)  Your job as a client is to keep quiet, except with regard to your attorney.  Were I wrongly charged with any crime, I would do the same.


Seth L. Bowman

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Announcing Monthly Entrepreneur Luncheon

Our firm is committed to working with small businesses and startups. Getting a business off the ground is hard work. Input and advice from people who have been there before may be the difference between making it in this market or not.  As part of our outreach to small businesses, we cordially invite you to join our monthly meeting.  Representatives of local banks, law firms, and small businesses will be present.  Feel free to bring your business plan.  Business casual.

$5 for BBQ, salad, and drink

October 4, 2012 – 12:15 PM

1719 Broadway St. Little Rock, 72206

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