Criminal Defense

Mr. Wilkinson is one of the very few attorneys in the Northwest Arkansas area whose practice is solely dedicated to criminal law. He has a vast amount of courtroom and jury trial experience and is known for his very successful track record in the courtroom. Mr. Wilkinson has given numerous statewide and national lectures to 100’s of attorneys from over 40 states on how to handle various aspects of criminal cases. He is the former Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County, AR where he served as second in command at the prosecutor’s office of 17 attorneys for a number of years. Mr. Wilkinson has handled every type of criminal case imaginable at the State and Federal levels ranging from Capital Murder cases to misdemeanors. This includes all types of homicides, various white collar crimes, aggravated robberies, kidnappings, all types of drug cases big and small, DWI’s, and many other cases.
Assault and Battery
The most common misconception people have about assault and battery cases is that the victim has the authority to drop charges. This is not the case, even if it is a close friend or family. Once an incident has been reported and an arrest has been made, only the State, not the alleged victim, decides whether charges are dismissed or reduced. The complainant’s wishes may or may not be taken into consideration. There are laws in Arkansas that allow the State, in some cases, to prove their case without the victim even present at the trial. When an assault or battery case has been charged, you need an attorney that is experienced and has tried cases like yours before.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Burglaries and Theft
Burglaries and theft crimes cover a wide variety of offenses in Arkansas. These offenses range from shoplifting, a misdemeanor, to aggravated residential burglary, a Y felony, the most serious classification of felony in Arkansas.  A conviction on one of these charges can carry severe penalties that involve jail time, prison time, probation, extensive fines, or any combination of various punishments. A conviction for any burglary or theft crime can permanently impact your life.

Mr. Wilkinson has had jury trials involving burglary and theft charges, and understands the unique complications that are inherent in these particular cases. Mr. Wilkinson has handled many cases that fall into this category including:

  • aggravated residential burglary
  • residential burglary
  • aggravated robbery
  • robbery
  • commercial burglary
  • theft of property
  • breaking or entering
  • theft of public benefits
  • shoplifting
  • theft by receiving
  • theft of services
  • fraud and embezzlement

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has handled numerous burglary and theft cases, and he knows what procedures should be followed while law enforcement collects evidence, interviews witnesses, and interviews suspects. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Computer and Internet Crimes
Computer and internet crimes typically fall into five categories: theft offenses, fraud offenses, sex offenses, financial crimes, and privacy offenses. With the rise of the internet, computer crimes have increased significantly and are now actively investigated by state and federal law enforcement agencies. Computer and internet crimes carry with them very unique and complex issues that require an attorney with extensive experience in this area.

As the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor in Benton County, Arkansas, Mr. Wilkinson handled numerous cases involving complex computer-related evidentiary issues. Law enforcement can easily taint evidence in a case that involves information from a computer simply by turning it on at the wrong time. Mr. Wilkinson has been involved in jury trials with computer forensic experts from several states. Mr. Wilkinson knows how the evidence should be handled by law enforcement, and that the evidence can be tainted with the simple push of a button.

Arkansas Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has unique knowledge and experience dealing with computer and internet crimes. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Drug Crimes
Drug offenses can carry severe penalties and are aggressively prosecuted throughout Arkansas. Certain drug offenses carry the possibility of a life sentence. Narcotics cases can be complex, as they often involve constitutional search and seizure issues, scientific and technical issues, witness credibility issues, and many other general evidentiary issues.

Mr. Wilkinson has extensive experience dealing with all types of drug crimes, big and small. Mr. Wilkinson has been to trial and dealt with confidential informants, local and statewide law enforcement, and the DEA from several states. Mr. Wilkinson has handled numerous drug cases including:

  • marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy/MDMA, prescription drugs, steroids, and more
  • drug manufacturing, local drug trafficking, international and interstate drug trafficking, prescription drug fraud, delivery of drugs, drug possession, conspiracy in drug crimes, drug paraphernalia, and more

Often times an arrest is symptomatic of a more serious drug or substance abuse problem. If that is the case, Mr. Wilkinson works with experienced professionals and treatment facilities to get help for his clients so that they can address any substance abuse problems they may have. By addressing their underlying substance abuse issues, clients are often able to turn their arrest or conviction into a positive, life-changing event.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

DWI Defense
A conviction for a DWI can affect your life forever. It can cause increased insurance premiums, interference with employment, interference with certain professional licenses, and other issues that will follow you for years to come.  The penalties for DWI in Arkansas are as follows:

DWI – 1st Offense

  • 24 hours to one year in jail
  • $150 up to $1,000 fine
  • $300 Court Costs
  • Alcohol Education Course
  • DL suspension : **If your arrest was after July 31, 2009 the suspension period is 6 months regardless of BAC, and there are no longer temporary permits available, only an interlock device.

DWI – 2nd Offense

  • 7 days to one year in jail
  • $400 up to $3000 fine
  • $300 court costs
  • Alcohol Education Course
  • DL suspension for 24 months, **If you arrest was after July 31, 2009 you will be eligible for an interlock device after 45 days

DWI – 3rd Offense

  • 90 days to one year in jail
  • $900 up to $5000 fine
  • $300 court costs
  • Alcohol Education
  • DL suspension for 30 months, **If your arrest was after July 31, 2009 you will eligible for an interlock device after 45 days

DWI – 4th Offense – Felony

  • One year up to Six years in prison
  • up to $10,000 fine
  • $300 court costs
  • Alcohol Education
  • DL suspension for 4 years

What is an interlock devise?

An interlock device is a machine hooked up to your ignition that prevents your car from starting if you have a detectable amount of alcohol on your breath. There are local and statewide providers for this service. There is an initial set up cost and a monthly maintenance fee that varies.

Issues in DWI cases

Mr. Wilkinson has successfully handled numerous DWI case in Arkansas, and understands the issue that need to be addressed including:

  • Did the police have a legal basis to stop you?
  • Did the police have a legal basis to have you perform the tests?
  • Did the police have a legal basis to arrest you?
  • Did the police properly inform you of your constitutional rights?
  • Were the breath and field sobriety tests properly administered?
  • Did you voluntarily and knowingly provide a breath, blood, or other sample?

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Extradition and Arrest Warrant Attorney

Extradition Into Arkansas From Another State

If another jurisdiction seeks to extradite you from another state into Arkansas, you should hire counsel in Arkansas. You have certain rights and may be eligible for a fugitive bond among other things. A fugitive bond allows you to report to another jurisdiction with being detained in the meantime. Otherwise, you could find yourself being held for some time in one jurisdiction waiting for another jurisdiction to come pick you up and transport you all the way back to another state, all the while being in custody. A fugitive bond may allow you to post a bond guaranteeing an appearance in another state and maintaining your freedom allowing you to properly defend yourself in against any potential charges. There are steps that can be taken to minimize the effect of logistical and financial problems.

Extradition From Arkansas to Another State

Sometimes, it is possible to block extradition from Arkansas to another State. In such cases, I can provide effective representation here in Arkansas. When extradition is unavoidable, I can work with the prosecutors and law enforcement in other states to try and arrange for a fugitive bond among other things. However, because I am not licensed to practice in other states, you will need to retain counsel in the state from which the warrant was issued.

Arrest Warrants

If you are being investigated (link) or think you may have a warrant issued for your arrest, you need to hire an attorney immediately. In most cases, a person who is arrested on a felony warrant can spend up to 48 hours in jail before being able to post a bond. A bond is not set until you appear in front of a Judge. There is a general rule that gives the state and law enforcement up to 48 hours, and in some cases more, to get the necessary paperwork to the Judge to set your bond.  The end result is simple, you can sit in jail for two days before even having the opportunity to post a bond and get out. However, you may be allowed to turn yourself in and arrange for a bond to be set in advance which allows you to be booked and turn around and get out. This minimizes an unnecessary two day stint in your local jail simply waiting for a bond to be set.

If you know you are being investigated (link), you need to get your own investigation underway.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Expungement
Clearing Your Record with an Expungement

Having an arrest, criminal charge, or a conviction on your record can have many negative consequences. When you apply for a job or a lease, you have to disclose it. Most employers and landlords run background checks. You may have completed and satisfied all of the terms of your probation, but it will still show up on your background check. Even if you were never convicted, you arrest will likely show up on a background check. That may seem unfair, but that is the reality of the law in Arkansas. Generally speaking, you must take an affirmative step and get your record expunged and sealed before you slate is wiped clean. It is a common misconception that happens automatically, but in most cases you must file certain paperwork with the court, and have an order signed before you file is truly sealed. Mr. Wilkinson knows what negative effects a criminal record can have on your life, and he understands how to get your record cleared once and for all.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Juvenile Crimes
Mr. Wilkinson’s juvenile practice is geared towards preventing young people from being unnecessarily entangled in the court system. Towards that end, he cooperates with juvenile probation officers, judges, and law enforcement in developing alternatives to juvenile detention, heavy fines, or being charged as an adult. There are a number of different alternatives that are uniquely available to juveniles that have been accused of a crime. Mr. Wilkinson is committed to working with families in identifying and seeking the best possible outcome for young people that have been accused of committing a crime. In most cases, steps can be taken to make sure that the offense does not follow them for the rest of their life.  Mr. Wilkinson understands that it is not just about defending a juvenile against a crime, but also about protecting a young person’s promising future.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if your child or family member has been charged or are being investigated for a juvenile crime in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Murder and Homicide
Capital Murder, Murder 1st Degree, Murder in the 2nd degree, Manslaughter, and Negligent Homicide

Arkansas Criminal Defense Lawyer Shane Wilkinson has successfully handled numerous murder cases including Capital Murder, Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter, and Negligent Homicide.  If you are charged with any one of these serious crimes, you need an experienced attorney on your side. There is no doubt that the outcome of the case will permanently affect your life, as well as the lives of your friends, family, and loved ones.

High profile cases are often accompanied by unique issues that require an attorney that understands and knows how to deal with those issues. Murder cases typically attract media attention. Having handled many high-profile violent crime cases, Mr. Wilkinson understands the challenges of working with the print and broadcast media while ensuring a fair trial.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has been on the scene during numerous homicide investigations, and he knows what procedures should be followed while law enforcement collects evidence, interviews witnesses, and interviews suspects. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated for any form of murder or homicide in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Probation Violation and Parole Violation

Probation Violations

There is a lot at stake if you are accused of a probation violation. The maximum sentence that you could have received for your original conviction can be fully enforced with proof of a probation violation. In certain circumstances, you can be held without bond while awaiting the outcome of a probation violation. Probation violations can happen for a number of reasons including failure to report to your probation officer, failure to pay fines and costs, associating with the wrong people, or being accused of committing a new crime while on probation. If your probation violation involves being accused of committing a new crime, that new case is all the more important. There are numerous things that can be accomplished by an experienced attorney to get your probation back on track and keep you out of jail. Mr. Wilkinson has successfully handled hundreds of probation violation cases.

Parole Violations

Parole violations are often the result of being accused of committing a new crime. Parole violation hearings are set quickly and you generally don’t have much time to retain an attorney. If you are serving time on a parole violation, you need an attorney that will work with your parole officer. In some case you can receive credit for time served on your parole violation as well as credit for time served on any pending charges that may result.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated  for a probation or parole violation in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Violent Crimes
A person charged with a violent crime cannot afford anything less than the strongest defense possible. It is imperative that you hire an attorney with the necessary experience and resources to defend you to the fullest potential. Violent Crimes include everything from assault to Capital Murder. Mr. Wilkinson has successfully handled numerous violent crime cases including:

-Capital Murder, murder in the 1st degree, murder in the second degree, manslaughter, negligent homicide, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, terroristic act, battery in the first degree, aggravated assault, arson, firearms and weapons crimes, and many more.
Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has been on the scene during numerous homicide and violent crime investigations, and he knows what procedures should be followed while law enforcement collects evidence, interviews witnesses, and interviews suspects. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated for any violent crime in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Weapons and Gun Offenses

Crimes such as drug trafficking, robbery, assault, battery, and kidnapping are serious enough, but when a gun enters the equation, these matters take on a deeper level of seriousness and punishment. The consequences of simply possessing a firearm while committing another crime can mean more severe penalties due to certain firearm enhancement statutes. Some of these penalties automatically run consecutively to any other sentence you receive. They can also drastically affect your parole eligibility if you are sentenced to the Department of Corrections.

Mr. Wilkinson has extensive experience in all types of weapons cases including Capital Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Battery in the First Degree, Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and various other Homicide charges. If you are facing serious weapons or gun charges, you need an experienced, trial proven attorney.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has been on the scene during numerous homicide investigations and shootings, and he knows what procedures should be followed while law enforcement collects evidence, interviews witnesses, and interviews suspects. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated for any weapons or gun related charge in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

White Collar Crimes and Fraud
White Collar crimes and fraud offenses are a unique and a highly complex area of criminal law. Unlike many other criminal charges, white collar crime and fraud allegations are often based on very complex financial documents and transactions. It is critical that your attorney conduct a proper investigation to obtain and preserve all of the evidence in the form of documents, information, and witness accounts. It is important that your attorney has the necessary experience in this particular area of the law, and knows exactly how these kinds of cases should be handled. Your case may involve transactions that necessitate an expert in forensic accounting. Mr. Wilkinson has handled numerous cases in this area criminal law including:

  • embezzlement
  • fraud
  • computer fraud
  • forgeries
  • check fraud
  • identity theft
  • false government documents
  • credit card fraud
  • bank fraud

When facing these types of charges, it is of the utmost importance that your attorney has extensive trial experience. There are unique and complex evidentiary issues that your attorney must understand in order to properly defend you.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has unique knowledge and experience in dealing with white collar crimes.   Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated for any form of white collar crime or fraud in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Criminal Defense

Mr. Wilkinson is one of the very few attorneys in the Northwest Arkansas area whose practice is solely dedicated to criminal law. He has a vast amount of courtroom and jury trial experience and is known for his very successful track record in the courtroom. Mr. Wilkinson has given numerous statewide and national lectures to 100’s of attorneys from over 40 states on how to handle various aspects of criminal cases. He is the former Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Benton County, AR where he served as second in command at the prosecutor’s office of 17 attorneys for a number of years. Mr. Wilkinson has handled every type of criminal case imaginable at the State and Federal levels ranging from Capital Murder cases to misdemeanors. This includes all types of homicides, various white collar crimes, aggravated robberies, kidnappings, all types of drug cases big and small, DWI’s, and many other cases.
Assault and Battery
The most common misconception people have about assault and battery cases is that the victim has the authority to drop charges. This is not the case, even if it is a close friend or family. Once an incident has been reported and an arrest has been made, only the State, not the alleged victim, decides whether charges are dismissed or reduced. The complainant’s wishes may or may not be taken into consideration. There are laws in Arkansas that allow the State, in some cases, to prove their case without the victim even present at the trial. When an assault or battery case has been charged, you need an attorney that is experienced and has tried cases like yours before.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Burglaries and Theft
Burglaries and theft crimes cover a wide variety of offenses in Arkansas. These offenses range from shoplifting, a misdemeanor, to aggravated residential burglary, a Y felony, the most serious classification of felony in Arkansas.  A conviction on one of these charges can carry severe penalties that involve jail time, prison time, probation, extensive fines, or any combination of various punishments. A conviction for any burglary or theft crime can permanently impact your life.

Mr. Wilkinson has had jury trials involving burglary and theft charges, and understands the unique complications that are inherent in these particular cases. Mr. Wilkinson has handled many cases that fall into this category including:

  • aggravated residential burglary
  • residential burglary
  • aggravated robbery
  • robbery
  • commercial burglary
  • theft of property
  • breaking or entering
  • theft of public benefits
  • shoplifting
  • theft by receiving
  • theft of services
  • fraud and embezzlement

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has handled numerous burglary and theft cases, and he knows what procedures should be followed while law enforcement collects evidence, interviews witnesses, and interviews suspects. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Computer and Internet Crimes
Computer and internet crimes typically fall into five categories: theft offenses, fraud offenses, sex offenses, financial crimes, and privacy offenses. With the rise of the internet, computer crimes have increased significantly and are now actively investigated by state and federal law enforcement agencies. Computer and internet crimes carry with them very unique and complex issues that require an attorney with extensive experience in this area.

As the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor in Benton County, Arkansas, Mr. Wilkinson handled numerous cases involving complex computer-related evidentiary issues. Law enforcement can easily taint evidence in a case that involves information from a computer simply by turning it on at the wrong time. Mr. Wilkinson has been involved in jury trials with computer forensic experts from several states. Mr. Wilkinson knows how the evidence should be handled by law enforcement, and that the evidence can be tainted with the simple push of a button.

Arkansas Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has unique knowledge and experience dealing with computer and internet crimes. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Drug Crimes
Drug offenses can carry severe penalties and are aggressively prosecuted throughout Arkansas. Certain drug offenses carry the possibility of a life sentence. Narcotics cases can be complex, as they often involve constitutional search and seizure issues, scientific and technical issues, witness credibility issues, and many other general evidentiary issues.

Mr. Wilkinson has extensive experience dealing with all types of drug crimes, big and small. Mr. Wilkinson has been to trial and dealt with confidential informants, local and statewide law enforcement, and the DEA from several states. Mr. Wilkinson has handled numerous drug cases including:

  • marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, ecstasy/MDMA, prescription drugs, steroids, and more
  • drug manufacturing, local drug trafficking, international and interstate drug trafficking, prescription drug fraud, delivery of drugs, drug possession, conspiracy in drug crimes, drug paraphernalia, and more

Often times an arrest is symptomatic of a more serious drug or substance abuse problem. If that is the case, Mr. Wilkinson works with experienced professionals and treatment facilities to get help for his clients so that they can address any substance abuse problems they may have. By addressing their underlying substance abuse issues, clients are often able to turn their arrest or conviction into a positive, life-changing event.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

DWI Defense
A conviction for a DWI can affect your life forever. It can cause increased insurance premiums, interference with employment, interference with certain professional licenses, and other issues that will follow you for years to come.  The penalties for DWI in Arkansas are as follows:

DWI – 1st Offense

  • 24 hours to one year in jail
  • $150 up to $1,000 fine
  • $300 Court Costs
  • Alcohol Education Course
  • DL suspension : **If your arrest was after July 31, 2009 the suspension period is 6 months regardless of BAC, and there are no longer temporary permits available, only an interlock device.

DWI – 2nd Offense

  • 7 days to one year in jail
  • $400 up to $3000 fine
  • $300 court costs
  • Alcohol Education Course
  • DL suspension for 24 months, **If you arrest was after July 31, 2009 you will be eligible for an interlock device after 45 days

DWI – 3rd Offense

  • 90 days to one year in jail
  • $900 up to $5000 fine
  • $300 court costs
  • Alcohol Education
  • DL suspension for 30 months, **If your arrest was after July 31, 2009 you will eligible for an interlock device after 45 days

DWI – 4th Offense – Felony

  • One year up to Six years in prison
  • up to $10,000 fine
  • $300 court costs
  • Alcohol Education
  • DL suspension for 4 years

What is an interlock devise?

An interlock device is a machine hooked up to your ignition that prevents your car from starting if you have a detectable amount of alcohol on your breath. There are local and statewide providers for this service. There is an initial set up cost and a monthly maintenance fee that varies.

Issues in DWI cases

Mr. Wilkinson has successfully handled numerous DWI case in Arkansas, and understands the issue that need to be addressed including:

  • Did the police have a legal basis to stop you?
  • Did the police have a legal basis to have you perform the tests?
  • Did the police have a legal basis to arrest you?
  • Did the police properly inform you of your constitutional rights?
  • Were the breath and field sobriety tests properly administered?
  • Did you voluntarily and knowingly provide a breath, blood, or other sample?

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Extradition and Arrest Warrant Attorney

Extradition Into Arkansas From Another State

If another jurisdiction seeks to extradite you from another state into Arkansas, you should hire counsel in Arkansas. You have certain rights and may be eligible for a fugitive bond among other things. A fugitive bond allows you to report to another jurisdiction with being detained in the meantime. Otherwise, you could find yourself being held for some time in one jurisdiction waiting for another jurisdiction to come pick you up and transport you all the way back to another state, all the while being in custody. A fugitive bond may allow you to post a bond guaranteeing an appearance in another state and maintaining your freedom allowing you to properly defend yourself in against any potential charges. There are steps that can be taken to minimize the effect of logistical and financial problems.

Extradition From Arkansas to Another State

Sometimes, it is possible to block extradition from Arkansas to another State. In such cases, I can provide effective representation here in Arkansas. When extradition is unavoidable, I can work with the prosecutors and law enforcement in other states to try and arrange for a fugitive bond among other things. However, because I am not licensed to practice in other states, you will need to retain counsel in the state from which the warrant was issued.

Arrest Warrants

If you are being investigated (link) or think you may have a warrant issued for your arrest, you need to hire an attorney immediately. In most cases, a person who is arrested on a felony warrant can spend up to 48 hours in jail before being able to post a bond. A bond is not set until you appear in front of a Judge. There is a general rule that gives the state and law enforcement up to 48 hours, and in some cases more, to get the necessary paperwork to the Judge to set your bond.  The end result is simple, you can sit in jail for two days before even having the opportunity to post a bond and get out. However, you may be allowed to turn yourself in and arrange for a bond to be set in advance which allows you to be booked and turn around and get out. This minimizes an unnecessary two day stint in your local jail simply waiting for a bond to be set.

If you know you are being investigated (link), you need to get your own investigation underway.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Expungement
Clearing Your Record with an Expungement

Having an arrest, criminal charge, or a conviction on your record can have many negative consequences. When you apply for a job or a lease, you have to disclose it. Most employers and landlords run background checks. You may have completed and satisfied all of the terms of your probation, but it will still show up on your background check. Even if you were never convicted, you arrest will likely show up on a background check. That may seem unfair, but that is the reality of the law in Arkansas. Generally speaking, you must take an affirmative step and get your record expunged and sealed before you slate is wiped clean. It is a common misconception that happens automatically, but in most cases you must file certain paperwork with the court, and have an order signed before you file is truly sealed. Mr. Wilkinson knows what negative effects a criminal record can have on your life, and he understands how to get your record cleared once and for all.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm for a free initial consultation at (479) 273-2212 or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com. The phones are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Juvenile Crimes
Mr. Wilkinson’s juvenile practice is geared towards preventing young people from being unnecessarily entangled in the court system. Towards that end, he cooperates with juvenile probation officers, judges, and law enforcement in developing alternatives to juvenile detention, heavy fines, or being charged as an adult. There are a number of different alternatives that are uniquely available to juveniles that have been accused of a crime. Mr. Wilkinson is committed to working with families in identifying and seeking the best possible outcome for young people that have been accused of committing a crime. In most cases, steps can be taken to make sure that the offense does not follow them for the rest of their life.  Mr. Wilkinson understands that it is not just about defending a juvenile against a crime, but also about protecting a young person’s promising future.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if your child or family member has been charged or are being investigated for a juvenile crime in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Murder and Homicide
Capital Murder, Murder 1st Degree, Murder in the 2nd degree, Manslaughter, and Negligent Homicide

Arkansas Criminal Defense Lawyer Shane Wilkinson has successfully handled numerous murder cases including Capital Murder, Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter, and Negligent Homicide.  If you are charged with any one of these serious crimes, you need an experienced attorney on your side. There is no doubt that the outcome of the case will permanently affect your life, as well as the lives of your friends, family, and loved ones.

High profile cases are often accompanied by unique issues that require an attorney that understands and knows how to deal with those issues. Murder cases typically attract media attention. Having handled many high-profile violent crime cases, Mr. Wilkinson understands the challenges of working with the print and broadcast media while ensuring a fair trial.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has been on the scene during numerous homicide investigations, and he knows what procedures should be followed while law enforcement collects evidence, interviews witnesses, and interviews suspects. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated for any form of murder or homicide in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Probation Violation and Parole Violation

Probation Violations

There is a lot at stake if you are accused of a probation violation. The maximum sentence that you could have received for your original conviction can be fully enforced with proof of a probation violation. In certain circumstances, you can be held without bond while awaiting the outcome of a probation violation. Probation violations can happen for a number of reasons including failure to report to your probation officer, failure to pay fines and costs, associating with the wrong people, or being accused of committing a new crime while on probation. If your probation violation involves being accused of committing a new crime, that new case is all the more important. There are numerous things that can be accomplished by an experienced attorney to get your probation back on track and keep you out of jail. Mr. Wilkinson has successfully handled hundreds of probation violation cases.

Parole Violations

Parole violations are often the result of being accused of committing a new crime. Parole violation hearings are set quickly and you generally don’t have much time to retain an attorney. If you are serving time on a parole violation, you need an attorney that will work with your parole officer. In some case you can receive credit for time served on your parole violation as well as credit for time served on any pending charges that may result.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated  for a probation or parole violation in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Violent Crimes
A person charged with a violent crime cannot afford anything less than the strongest defense possible. It is imperative that you hire an attorney with the necessary experience and resources to defend you to the fullest potential. Violent Crimes include everything from assault to Capital Murder. Mr. Wilkinson has successfully handled numerous violent crime cases including:

-Capital Murder, murder in the 1st degree, murder in the second degree, manslaughter, negligent homicide, kidnapping, aggravated robbery, terroristic act, battery in the first degree, aggravated assault, arson, firearms and weapons crimes, and many more.
Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has been on the scene during numerous homicide and violent crime investigations, and he knows what procedures should be followed while law enforcement collects evidence, interviews witnesses, and interviews suspects. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated for any violent crime in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Weapons and Gun Offenses

Crimes such as drug trafficking, robbery, assault, battery, and kidnapping are serious enough, but when a gun enters the equation, these matters take on a deeper level of seriousness and punishment. The consequences of simply possessing a firearm while committing another crime can mean more severe penalties due to certain firearm enhancement statutes. Some of these penalties automatically run consecutively to any other sentence you receive. They can also drastically affect your parole eligibility if you are sentenced to the Department of Corrections.

Mr. Wilkinson has extensive experience in all types of weapons cases including Capital Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Battery in the First Degree, Robbery, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and various other Homicide charges. If you are facing serious weapons or gun charges, you need an experienced, trial proven attorney.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has been on the scene during numerous homicide investigations and shootings, and he knows what procedures should be followed while law enforcement collects evidence, interviews witnesses, and interviews suspects. Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated for any weapons or gun related charge in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

White Collar Crimes and Fraud
White Collar crimes and fraud offenses are a unique and a highly complex area of criminal law. Unlike many other criminal charges, white collar crime and fraud allegations are often based on very complex financial documents and transactions. It is critical that your attorney conduct a proper investigation to obtain and preserve all of the evidence in the form of documents, information, and witness accounts. It is important that your attorney has the necessary experience in this particular area of the law, and knows exactly how these kinds of cases should be handled. Your case may involve transactions that necessitate an expert in forensic accounting. Mr. Wilkinson has handled numerous cases in this area criminal law including:

  • embezzlement
  • fraud
  • computer fraud
  • forgeries
  • check fraud
  • identity theft
  • false government documents
  • credit card fraud
  • bank fraud

When facing these types of charges, it is of the utmost importance that your attorney has extensive trial experience. There are unique and complex evidentiary issues that your attorney must understand in order to properly defend you.

Criminal Defense Attorney Shane Wilkinson is not just a former prosecutor, but the former Chief Deputy Prosecutor of Benton County, Arkansas. Mr. Wilkinson understands how prosecutors and law enforcement will attempt to build a case against you. Mr. Wilkinson has unique knowledge and experience in dealing with white collar crimes.   Mr. Wilkinson will thoroughly examine every piece of evidence, including the procedures followed by police when obtaining that evidence, in order to most effectively present a defense.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Contact the Wilkinson Law Firm if you have been charged or are being investigated for any form of white collar crime or fraud in the State of Arkansas at (479) 273-2212, or e-mail at shane@wilkinsonattorneys.com .

Phones answered 24/7. Contact us for a free initial consultation.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

Phones answered 24/7. Contact us for a free initial consultation.

The Wilkinson Law Firm is based in Bentonville, AR and handles cases all over the State of Arkansas. The Northwest Arkansas region is the firm’s primary practice area including: Bentonville, AR, Rogers, AR, Fayetteville, AR, Springdale, AR, Bella Vista, AR, Eureka Springs, AR. The Wilkinson Law Firm regularly accepts high profile cases from all over the State of Arkansas.

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