Richard Lane Hughes

Richard Lane Hughes

Hughes Law Office
  • Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Family Law ...
  • Arkansas
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Litigation is our practice. If a case has the potential to go to a trial we want a chance to be engaged. If it is in our client's best interest to settle, we will do so, but only if it is the course chosen by the client.

Education
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
J.D. (1982) | Law
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Professional Experience
Owner
Hughes Law Office
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G. Ross Smith & Assoc.
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Crumpler, O'Connor & Wynne
Current
Professional Associations
Arkansas State Bar
Member
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Arkansas Bar Association
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Henry Woods Inn of Courts
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Arkansas
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8th Circuit
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United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
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Fees
  • Contingent Fees
    Contingency fees are available in many cases.
Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Civil Rights
    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Discrimination, Employment, Fair Housing, Police Misconduct, Privacy Law
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Medical Malpractice
    Birth Injury, Medical Misdiagnosis, Pharmacy Errors, Surgical Errors
    Nursing Home Abuse
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Never read rights, never offered attorney, told plead guilty or go to jail. Plead guilty.. can I fix this.
A: "It was years back" is a real problem with your case. An overbearing judge may have unintentionally misled you. You were probably not in a state of mind to appreciate what was happening to you at that time as well. What you describe is fraught with problems from a legal perspective. However, even violations of your rights that may rise to the level of a Constitutional deprivation must be timely challenged. Based on your statement only, I suspect that it is too late to pursue a remedy in the courts. You might be a good candidate for executive pardon or clemency. That process is an appeal to the Governor to review your case and determine if justice will be served by granting you this extra judicial relief. You may hire an attorney for that purpose or pursue that course yourself. The process can be tedious and it must be done correctly to have a chance at getting this extraordinary relief. You really need an attorney to assist you.
Q. I am on probation for 8 more months. If I absconded for 5 months, when caught, would I have to finish out the 8 months?
A: You might have to finish 8 months and more! You are subject to being sentenced to the maximum sentence that you could have received at the time you got the probationary sentence. You might also serve the remainder of your sentence in jail or prison rather than on probation.
Q. Is the state of Arkansas required to serve all outstanding warrants at the time of a suspects arraignment?
A: "No" is the easy answer. That is, not with the intent to ambush a citizen with a warrant to get an existing bail bond revoked. The problem is that there is no requirement that all existing warrants be served at a given time. Warrants can become stale or subject to attack for several reasons though. As a practical matter, your husband, through his attorney, needs to seek to reduce that bond and disclose to the court that there is a warrant that has not been served. If the court has jurisdiction, it may consider the outstanding warrant and set a reasonable bond that will cover both or several cases. You do not explain how you are aware of the warrant. My guess is that your husband may have been served and doesn't realize it. Sometimes when one is arrested and taken into custody the stress of the situation is such that events occur that an accused may not appreciate. He needs an attorney.
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Contact & Map
Simmons Tower
425 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 229
Little Rock, AR 72201
Telephone: (501) 376-1112