Bugeja Law Firm

The Bugeja Law Firm is owned and operated by Joshua W. Bugeja, esquire. The firm is general practice, meaning that many areas of Arkansas law are handled, and all initial consultations are free.

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Benton County Clerk's Office temporarily limits services at Rogers location due to COVID-19

From the article:

"ROGERS, Arkansas — Due to COVID19, Benton County Clerk’s Office (BCCO) located at 2111 W Walnut St. in Rogers will offer limited services temporarily, remaining open only to allow early voting."


5newsonline.com The office located on Walnut St. in Rogers will remain open to allow early voting, but all other services will be unavailable temporarily.


Porch pirates: Police share tips to sink their ship

Here are some tips for a secure delivery during the holiday shipping season:

"Porch Pirates: 10 Tips to Sink Their Ship

-If you see a suspicious vehicle driving slowly in your neighborhood, get the tag number.
-Don't have packages delivered when you are not home. Consider the office if your employer will allow it or another supervised location.
-Set up a “deliver only if signed for” with the delivery company.
-Invest in a package safe.
-Home surveillance systems are cheap and effective.
-Look after your neighbors.
-If you can’t be home, send it to a trusted friend or neighbor who’s home during the day.
-Stop by the delivery company and pick up your package there.
-Set up in-store delivery for online purchases from websites that have a brick-and-mortar store in the city limits (i.e., Best Buy, Walmart, Kohl’s, Target, etc.)"


5newsonline.com They are out to steal Christmas and looking for easy targets. The Fort Smith Police Dept. shared tips to help citizens outsmart these modern-day grinches.


Murder suspect arrested in Benton County

A suspect of a murder in Missouri was arrested in Arkansas over the weekend. From the article:

"The suspect was located in Benton County several hours after allegedly fleeing the scene of the crime and was taken into custody without incident."


5newsonline.com The suspect was located in Benton County several hours after fleeing the scene and was taken into custody without incident.


Former Fort Smith youth church volunteer arrested for allegedly raping minors

From the article:

“FORT SMITH, Arkansas — A Fort Smith man has been arrested and is facing two rape charges after allegedly having sexual relationships with minors when he was volunteering to help with youth at the Christ for the World church.”


5newsonline.com Isaiah Thompson remains in custody at the Sebastian County Detention Center after being arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 10.


Attorney General Rutledge Announces $113 Million Settlement with Apple Over iPhone Throttling | Arkansas Attorney General

iPhone feeling a little slow? This may be intentional, as details from a recent settlement with Apple seems to indicate:

“Mobile phones have become an essential part of our daily lives,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “We rely on companies like Apple to provide the service it promised and that consumers have paid for. Arkansans will not be taken advantage of by any businesses attempting to deceive them and I will not hesitate to stand up to companies taking advantage of hard working Arkansans, no matter how large.”


arkansasag.gov LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Leslie Rutledge announced today a $113 million settlement with Apple, Inc. regarding Apple’s 2016 decision to throttle, or slow down, consumers’ iPhone speeds in order to address unexpected shutdowns in some iPhones. General Rutledge is leading this lawsuit along...


Police standoff ends at Bentonville motel peacefully

From the Article:

"Chief Simpson said the Crisis Negotiation Team talked with a man inside the motel room over the phone for 6 hours. When that did not end the standoff, the team broke out the motel room's window and continued talks with the people inside the room."


4029tv.com Bentonville police chief said crews were called Tuesday afternoon when a couple refused to leave a motel room after staying past check out.


Police hope to identify suspect regarding package stolen from Fort Smith homeowner's lawn

Waiting on a package is bad enough, but it's much worse when the package is stolen right from the doorstep! Authorities are doing what they can to locate the person seen taking a package from a local home, but what advice would you offer to those looking for a more secure delivery? Let us know in the comments below!


5newsonline.com Fort Smith Police shared images of a man who allegedly took a package that did not belong to him from a homeowner on Cheryl Lane.


Lawsuit Over $806,300 Judgment Portrayed as Political Ploy

Should information on unresolved legal action against political candidates be available to the public during an election? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

From the Article:
"Less than three weeks before Fayetteville voters finished casting their ballots, one of the mayoral candidates was crying foul. Tom Terminella implied that an Oct. 13 lawsuit against him was more than an effort to collect on an $806,300 judgment from 2009.

Four days after the case was filed in Benton County Circuit Court, Terminella suggested the litigation was more about tarnishing his second bid for mayor."


arkansasbusiness.com A Rogers attorney insists that legal action taken against Fayetteville mayoral candidate Tom Terminella was more than just an effort to collect on a debt.


Gov. Hutchinson warns of 'difficult' decisions over coronavirus after hospitalizations spike

As we approach the holiday and flu season, Gov. Hutchinson believes that we may run into issues with space for treating patients of COVID-19 as hospitals approach their capacity limits:


5newsonline.com The Republican governor said those difficult decisions could be triggered if the state doesn't have any hospital space.


New superintendent talks challenges and goals for Fort Smith School District

With two new freshman facilities being constructed at Fort Smith high schools, newly appointed superintendent Dr. Morawski hopes to alleviate some of the pressure 9ths graders face when transitioning into high school, especially during unusual academic operations:


4029tv.com Dr. Terry Morawski will be only the sixth superintendent ever named to lead Fort Smith schools

Reminder that our offices will be closed today in observance of Veterans Day.

Thank you, all who have served!

In observance of Veterans Day tomorrow on November 11th, our office will be closed.


Biden transition team announces coronavirus advisers

President-Elect Biden is poised to initiate a much more aggressive approach to the COVID-19 policy, and has already announced advisers for 2021:


4029tv.com President-elect Joe Biden's transition team announced the group of public health experts that will make up his coronavirus advisory board.


Arkansas Voters Approve Ballot Measures for Highways, Term Limits

Some changes for Arkansans to expect after November Voting include a small increase in taxes for highway funding and a reduced 12 years on/4 years off term limit, replacing the previous 16 year term limit.

How do you feel these changes will affect your daily life? Let us know in the comments!


arkansasbusiness.com Arkansas voters approve permanently extending a half-cent sales tax for highways and loosening term limits for legislators, but rejected efforts to impose new restrictions on ballot initiatives.


Oregon decriminalizes possession of hard drugs, as four other states legalize recreational marijuana

In a bold national first, Oregon chooses to decriminalize recreational usage and possession of small amounts of drugs.

Read this article, and share your thoughts with us below:


washingtonpost.com With the passage of Measure 110, Oregonians will no longer face arrests or prison sentences for carrying small amounts of drugs like cocaine, heroin, oxycontin and methamphetamine.


US voters mark end of election like no other at the polls

Today is your chance to partake in a historic election! Voter turnout is at an all time high, and continues to rise as districts open their polling stations. Show us that you voted in the comments!


abcnews.go.com Voters in the U.S. are marking the end of an election like no other at the polls


Walmart removing guns & ammo from store shelves

Walmart is removing firearms and ammunition from store shelves due to "isolated civil unrest," https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/walmart-removing-guns-ammo-from-store-shelves/ar-BB1awoqB?ocid=hplocalnews

msn.com Walmart is removing firearms and ammunition from store shelves due to "isolated civil unrest," the company told 40/29 News Thursday. A company spokesperson did not specify what civil unrest prompted the move, but noted Walmart made a similar move in June. Sign up for our Newsletters Walmart's statem...


Early-voting turnout in state slows, but tally high

In Arkansas, there are four more days of early voting, which ends Monday, the day before Election Day. Have you voted?https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2020/oct/29/early-voting-turnout-slows-but-tally-high/?news-arkansas

arkansasonline.com Despite inclement weather and slightly lower turnout during the second week of early voting, numbers across Arkansas have nearly surpassed counts for the entire early-voting period in the last presidential election in 2016.

Fort Smith Police are hoping to identify and speak to the individuals in the images below

UPDATE: Two of the subjects have been identified. We still need information on the subject in the Arkansas Tech shirt and the individual in the blue jacket.

Fort Smith Police are hoping to identify and speak to the individuals in the images below. They have been using credit cards that do not belong to them which were taken from other car break-ins. If you have any information that can assist, please contact our Criminal Investigations Division at 479-709-5116 or call Det. McMahan directly at 479-709-5125. To be reward-eligible (up to $1,000), tips must be submitted through Fort Smith Crime Stoppers at 78-CRIME.


Halloween-themed events happening this week in NWA and River Valley


There's plenty of 'spooktacular' fun to be had in our area this week. Here's a list of local activities and events to help you plan a 'boo-tiful' Halloween.

5newsonline.com There's plenty of 'spooktacular' fun to be had in our area this week. Here's a list of local activities and events to help you plan a 'boo-tiful' Halloween.


Judge rejects suits over Arkansas absentee ballot rejections


Arkansas and other states are seeing a surge in absentee ballots because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gov Asa Hutchinson signed an executive order in August stating that concerns about the virus were a valid reason to vote absentee.

msn.com LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday rejected an effort to require Arkansas election officials to give absentee voters a chance to correct their ballots before they’re rejected due to signature issues. U.S. District Judge P.K. Holmes denied the motion for a preliminary injunction i...


Senate confirms Barrett to Supreme Court, cementing its conservative majority


A bitterly divided Senate confirmed Amy Coney Barrett as the 115th justice to the Supreme Court on Monday, elevating just the fifth woman to the court in its 231-year history and one who further cements its conservative shift — a legacy that will last even if Republicans lose power in next week’s elections.

msn.com President Trump’s third nominee secured her seat on the court with only Republican votes.


Arkansas Game and Fish Commission issuing ‘citations’ to kids

Not all citations are bad... ;)

nwahomepage.com LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission is going viral after an officer issued an “official citation” to a child for properly wearing his life jacket. R…

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Early voting started yesterday! Make sure you get out and vote!!

Early voting starts TODAY in Arkansas

We've created maps to make it easy to plan your vote


Early voting starts next Monday (October 19, 2020) and we encourage everyone to participate if you haven't already requested an absentee ballot.




UAFS sales tax faces opposition

The upcoming UAFS sales tax vote has raised some opposition here in Fort Smith. Regardless of whether you support or oppose the tax, we encourage everyone that can vote to do so on Tuesday, November 3rd.


swtimes.com Fort Smith Attorney Joey McCutchen held a press conference Tuesday announcing the Citizens Against Unfair Taxes opposition to a 1/4-cent county sales tax

Due to unexpected illness, the Bugeja Law Firm will be closed today. We apologize for any inconvenience but plan on resuming our regular business hours tomorrow. If you are an existing client and need to reach attorney Josh Bugeja, please e-mail him directly at [email protected]. Thank you.

[10/02/20]   Fort Smith K-9 Unit Ringo has worked hard to keep our community safe and his retirement is well deserved. We want to publicly thank him for his service and wish him the best as he enjoys retirement with FSPD Officer Sgt. Shelby and his family.



524 Sebastian Co. voters affected by ballot mistake

Even the best of us make mistakes but they aren't always caught or addressed quickly. In this particular instance, we're glad to see that our local election officials caught the error quickly and have taken steps to try and remedy the problem.


4029tv.com Hundreds of voters in Sebastian County may have gotten two absentee ballots in the mail after an important question was left off the first one.

Due to unexpected illness, the Bugeja Law Firm is closing early today. We apologize for any inconvenience but will be resuming our regular business hours next week. We hope everyone has a good weekend.


Hot Springs police warn community of suspicious white van trying to lure females, teenagers

The Hot Springs Police Department is making the community aware of a suspicious vehicle.


5newsonline.com The Hot Springs Police Department is making the community aware of a suspicious vehicle.


How Arkansans are affected by the next Supreme Court pick

President Trump said he is planning to make a Supreme Court nomination this week following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg


4029tv.com How Arkansans are affected by the next supreme court pick

The Bugeja Law Firm Story

Started in 2010, owner and managing attorney Joshua W. Bugeja, Esq. (“Josh” to most people), had a vision of offering competent legal representation at an affordable price in his hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas. To ensure that vision is a reality, he works with most clients on reasonable payment plans and always offers free initial consultations with an appointment. His primary areas of focus are criminal defense (including felonies and misdemeanors) and family law but the Firm is technically “general practice” and offers legal representation in areas such as personal injury cases (“no win, no fee”), contract/debt disputes, and a variety of other issues. He is willing to travel for little to no additional fee depending on location and case type. The Firm has a proven track record of excellence and clients have been well served in both achieved settlements and jury trial results.

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