Mr. Hensley represents high
profile cases. These clients have consented to dissemination. In 2004, an eastern Arkansas woman was charged with
capital murder for the death of a child in her care. The child was seven and was part of the defendant's family. Although the
defendant never admitted that she was responsible, she plead guilty to a lesser offense to lessen the effect of a lengthy
trial on the family and community. With effective investigation and negotiation, Mr. Hensley was able to secure a lesser charge
from the prosecutor.
"YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT . . ." Should you ever hear this statement
from a police officer, you should do so and call our firm. In a recent case, a gentleman was charged in the death of a neighbor
and permanent injury to the neighbor's wife. This neighbor and his wife had terrorized the neighborhood for years. The gentleman
was retired and had never even had a traffic ticket.
On the day of the event, and on the advice of the local Sheriff, the gentleman
had killed a rabid dog which was killing domestic animals. The neighbor approached the gentleman and fired two shots
from a large caliber weapon at the gentleman. The gentleman ran to his 4-wheeler for a rifle. Sadly, the neighbor
The gentleman was read his rights AND CHOSE TO REMAIN SILENT after calling Mr. Hensley. Result: the
state dismissed all charges after investigation revealed that this was a case of self-defense. In addition, it was discovered
that the neighbor and his wife were wanted fugitives from the ATF. ALWAYS TALK TO AN ATTORNEY before talking to the police.
We see in this case that innocent people get charged sometimes!
Criminal cases of this nature require months of
preparation and work. Effective representation by the Firm includes a corporate airplane, private investigators, and years
of experience as a police officer, judge, prosecutor, and defense attorney.
the case of Dayberry v. State , Mr. Dayberry's revocation was reversed when the Appellate Court found that he did not waive his right to an attorney.
Revocation petitions are a result of the defendant not taking seriously the provisions of the court's orders. Usually,
for minor infractions, the probation officer is understanding and may withdraw the petition. Filing a petition is one quick
way for the court and probation department to get some control over the defendant.
The probation officer will sometimes
drop the petition; especially if the defendant starts to abide by the probation rules.
We have found that behavior
has both good and bad consequences. We work very hard with our clients to show them the importance of following their probation
rules. Often a client will call on the weekend for information about the rules. Better that he call us than risk prison because
he cannot reach his probation officer.