Bugeja Law Firm

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.

Very competitive pricing! 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. Mr. Bugeja 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.

Operating as usual

With many area residents and businesses are experiencing systematic blackouts due to the strain on the area's electric grid (and surrounding courts being closed the past couple of days), we've opted to remain closed another day.

We'll post as soon as we resume normal business hours (hopefully later this week) and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have to drive today, please try to be safe during these hazardous road conditions. Thanks and God bless.

We will be closed today (02/16/2021) due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause (though suspect local courts will also be closed, if they haven't announced as much already). Thank you and please stay safe if you have to go out on the roads.

Our office is closed in observance of President's Day. As always, if you need to get in touch with Mr. Bugeja, please email him directly. Thank you.

5newsonline.com

Fort Smith trash & recycling carts to be collected two days early due to inclement weather

Are you prepared for a winter week? Tell us how you are preparing! We'd love to hear from you!

A winter storm is predicted to bring icy weather to the area, creating unsafe conditions on roads for the City's trash and recycling collectors.

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/fort-smith-trash-recycling-pickup-february-2021-winter-storm-icy-roads/527-dc888321-a08a-4503-af1d-f880807fe4b9

5newsonline.com Due to unprecedented weather expected next week, trash and recycling will be collected two days early in Fort Smith.

abcnews.go.com

Kidnapped 10-year-old saved by 2 sanitation workers on pickup route

Two Louisiana sanitation workers are being hailed as heroes for saving a 10-year-old girl who had been abducted from a family member's home.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/kidnapped-10-year-saved-sanitation-workers-pickup-route/story?id=75778051&cid=social_twitter_abcn&fbclid=IwAR2psZPZ12GE3XGAEojsr0cTpkhJA2tHI0DZNGOZV4_XOdHrjvN7Gpe9m4o

abcnews.go.com Two Louisiana sanitation workers are being hailed as heroes for saving a 10-year-old girl who had been abducted from a family member's home.

4029tv.com

Greenwood football team honors janitor with state title ring

"I’ve always really liked sports and when I was in school, I wanted to play sports but couldn’t," Jamie Freeman says.

Freeman is the Greenwood High School football team janitor and has been since 2019. He also has cerebral palsy.

https://www.4029tv.com/article/greenwood-football-team-honors-janitor-ring/35435053

4029tv.com The Greenwood Bulldogs clinched the schools' eighth state football championship in December and honored their beloved janitor with a title ring this week.

5newsonline.com

Arkansas lawmakers OK requiring hotline call before abortion

The Senate on Thursday (Feb. 4) approved the measure by a 28-5 vote. It is one of several that have been filed in the majority-Republican Legislature. The bill now heads to Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson's desk.

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/politics/arkansas-lawmakers-have-given-final-approval-to-legislation-requiring-women-seeking-an-abortion-to-call-a-hotline-before-they-can-undergo-the-procedur/527-30a98930-dc01-4d4e-9a5d-bc257d4da4a7

5newsonline.com Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to legislation requiring women seeking an abortion to call a hotline before they can undergo the procedure.

reason.com

'She Could Have Been Hurt Worse': Police Union Defends Officer Who Pepper-Sprayed 9-Year-Old Girl

The police union in Rochester, New York, is defending a group of cops who pepper-sprayed and handcuffed a nine-year-old girl on Friday.

https://reason.com/2021/02/01/she-could-have-been-hurt-worse-police-union-defends-officer-who-pepper-sprayed-9-year-old-girl/?fbclid=IwAR3MsX_BXXEGP0Pn08aM2BZZPCoZFRJ9MW_HlHZF-MdLNNFin8Z3rc7b_NE

reason.com Public-sector unions often protect the government at the expense of the people.

4029tv.com

Benton County: Man turns self in after Gateway murder

When deputies arrived, they found Robert Blau, age 38, dead.

During the investigation, Glen Thatcher, age 44, turned himself in, according to Jenkins.

Thatcher is being held in jail on charges of capital murder.

https://www.4029tv.com/article/benton-county-man-turns-self-in-after-gateway-murder/35396081

4029tv.com A man turned himself in after a murder in Gateway on Monday, Lt. Shannon Jenkins with the Benton County Sheriff's Office announced.

5newsonline.com

Bella Vista man arrested in connection with child exploitation

From the article:

"BELLA VISTA, Ark. — A Bella Vista man was arrested Thursday (Jan. 28) in connection with child exploitation.

According to court records, John Douglais Marbes, 87, of Bella Vista has been charged in connection with distribution, possession or viewing of sexually explicit child material, a Class C felony."

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/crime/bella-vista-man-arrested-in-connection-with-child-exploitation/527-707398ab-374e-4908-89fc-ad2bcbdfe96a

5newsonline.com John Douglais Marbes, 87, of Bella Vista has been charged in connection with distribution, possession or viewing of sexually explicit child material.

5newsonline.com

Sequoyah County declared 'Second Amendment sanctuary' by Sheriff Larry Lane

Are additional, State-level protections necessary to preserve their Citizens' rights, or does this serve to undermine the U.S. Constitution being viewed as the Supreme Law of the Land? Let us know your view in the comments below!

From the article:

"SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. — Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane is joining other sheriffs across Oklahoma who have declared their counties to be Second Amendment sanctuaries.

... It's a move that doesn't carry much weight since the Second Amendment of the Constitution already protects citizens' rights to bear arms."

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/sequoyah-county-oklahoma-second-amendment-sanctuary/527-6f5c51f2-1255-4e11-871a-aee166d5260c

5newsonline.com Sheriff Larry Lane has declared Sequoyah County to be a Second Amendment sanctuary, a symbolic gesture already protected by the Constitution.

5newsonline.com

ACLU of Ark. calls for Benton Co. sheriff to restore access to reading material in jail

From the article:

"BENTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS, Ark. — On Jan. 27, the ACLU of Arkansas demanded that the Benton County Sheriff restore access to reading material.

Benton County jailers have been denying all reading material to incarcerated people, with the exception of the Bible and other religious material, since the sheriff implemented a book ban last fall."

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/aclu-of-ark-calls-on-benton-co-sheriff-to-restore-access-to-reading-material-in-jail/527-906b5135-7154-4330-9554-3ff8b009d9fd?fbclid=IwAR1zdmoCGnwfah0NJEWttCNHse0LqBrW4MMZ4Ihu0sJwqUP7VKikveLFGis

5newsonline.com Inmates have been denied all reading material, with the exception of the Bible and other religious material, since the sheriff implemented a book ban last fall.

forbes.com

Biden Directs Justice Department To End Contracts With Private Prisons

From the article:

"Reviving an Obama-era push to phase out the use of private prisons, President Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order directing the Department of Justice (DOJ) not to renew its contracts with privately operated criminal detention facilities, as part of a slew of actions geared toward racial equality. "

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jemimamcevoy/2021/01/26/biden-directs-justice-department-to-end-contracts-with-private-prisons/?sh=66c608326c5e

forbes.com The president is reviving an Obama-era push to end the U.S.’s use of private prisons.

5newsonline.com

Fayetteville woman sentenced to over 17 years for drug trafficking

From the article:

"FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — A Fayetteville woman has been sentenced to over 17 years in prison for drug trafficking.

According to court records, 33-year-old Donna Sara Daosavanh was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison without the possibility of parole followed by five years of supervised release on one count of Distribution of Methamphetamine."

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/crime/fayetteville-woman-sentenced-to-17-years-for-drug-trafficking/527-0de6b872-fbd3-439e-83ca-85106bf67a6a

5newsonline.com In March of 2020, undercover detectives purchased a half-pound of suspected meth from Donna Daosavanh.

5newsonline.com

Woman wanted for Oklahoma murder arrested in Wisconsin, body found in freezer in Arkansas

From the article:

" woman wanted for homicide in Oklahoma has been arrested in Wisconsin.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office says 59-year-old Kore Adams, also known as Kore Bommeli, was taken into custody during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon on a Wagoner County, Oklahoma warrant for first-degree murder with deliberate intent and desecration of a corpse."

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/oklahoma-woman-arrested-murder-body-found-freezer-arkansas/527-5099e68c-b09c-4a28-8327-2b097c3f4745

5newsonline.com Wagoner County Sheriff Chris Elliot said the victim's body was found inside a freezer in Polk County, Arkansas.

5newsonline.com

Family looking for answers after video shows elderly man being beaten in Logan County

From the Article:

"SUBIACO, Ark. — Editor's Note: Warning - Video in this article could be disturbing for some viewers.

Two days after a Logan County woman laid her father to rest from an apparent suicide, she says a video surfaced of him being brutally beaten at a residence in Subiaco, Ark. just a few weeks prior. "

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/crime/arkansas-police-investigating-logan-county-assault/527-3e3f3541-7d64-4795-9180-2df64d608de3

5newsonline.com The man died by suicided shortly after the assault.

4029tv.com

Arkansas attorney general sued, allegedly misused office

From the article:

"LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —
A lawsuit alleges Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge misuses her office to promote her political aspirations and illegally used taxpayer money.

The lawsuit filed Friday in Little Rock cites Rutledge's support of failed lawsuits seeking to overturn presidential election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin and advertisements in which she discusses her office's services."

https://www.4029tv.com/article/arkansas-attorney-general-sued-allegedly-misused-office/35243725

4029tv.com A lawsuit alleges Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge misuses her office to promote her political aspirations and illegally used taxpayer money.

We will be closed today, January 18th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

5newsonline.com

Bodycam footage clears Bentonville Police in deadly shooting

What are your thoughts on requiring Police to wear Body Cams?

From the article:

"The report states that the footage shows Williams charging outside with a kitchen knife in his hand. Although the officers retreated, Williams was still close enough to present a clear and present danger of deadly physical force to the officers. "

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/bentonville-officer-involved-shooting-suspect-kitchen-knife/527-32e666cd-9ac3-43b9-92f3-22f7b6f9d5d9

5newsonline.com Police have identified the suspect who was killed as Brian Williams.

5newsonline.com

Man arrested after making threats at Lavaca Police Chief's home

From the Article:

"LAVACA, Ark. — A man was arrested after showing up at the Lavaca Police Chief's home and threatening to kill people.

According to Anthony Sacco with the Sebastian County Sheriff's Office, a man, later identified as James Seaton, went to the police chief's home Tuesday (Jan. 12) threatening to kill people, including law enforcement. "

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/crime/man-arrested-after-making-threats-at-lavaca-police-chiefs-home/527-57769c29-4159-44fd-bb76-0b31a094f0a8

5newsonline.com James Seaton was allegedly armed and making threats at the Lavaca Police Chief's home.

arkansasbusiness.com

Effort in Arkansas to Enact Hate Crimes Law in Jeopardy

From the article:

"LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A push to finally enact a hate crimes law in Arkansas, a state with a history of white supremacists, appeared to have all the elements for success: a popular Republican governor who made it a priority, major corporations endorsing the idea and support from communities where hate groups have flourished.

But the chance to end Arkansas' distinction as one of only three states without such a law is in jeopardy even before lawmakers return to the Capitol. Conservatives have moved to defeat the bill in the majority-GOP Legislature, though similar measures have passed in other red states."

https://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/134252/effort-in-arkansas-to-enact-hate-crimes-law-in-jeopardy

arkansasbusiness.com A push to enact a hate crimes law in Arkansas, a state with a history of white supremacists, appeared to have all the elements for success. But the law's chances are in jeopardy even before lawmakers return to the Capitol.

5newsonline.com

Bentonville officers kill man that allegedly charged at them with a kitchen knife

From the article:

"BENTONVILLE, Ark. — One man is dead after Bentonville officers shot him when he allegedly charged at them with a kitchen knife during a domestic disturbance.

Early Sunday (Jan. 10) morning, just before 3:30 a.m., Bentonville Police received a report of a domestic disturbance happening at a home located at 720 NW 6th Street. "

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/bentonville-officer-involved-shooting-suspect-kitchen-knife/527-32e666cd-9ac3-43b9-92f3-22f7b6f9d5d9

5newsonline.com Arkansas State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Bentonville after officers responded to a domestic disturbance early Sunday morning.

5newsonline.com

One person in custody after fatal shooting in Fort Smith

From the Article:

"FORT SMITH, Ark. — A man is dead following a shooting in Fort Smith, and one person is in custody.

Fort Smith Police have arrested 27-year-old Kelsey Christine Dampier (aka Kelsey Christine Stafford) of Hackett in the shooting death of 37-year-old Joshua Flanagan of Fort Smith.

Thursday (Jan. 7), at approximately 3:30 p.m., police responded to a shooting at the 600 block of N 18th Street in Fort Smith."

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/crime/fort-smith-arkansas-fatal-shooting-north-18th-street/527-c38d4d38-8db2-4384-bd9d-d6406afad256

5newsonline.com 27-year-old Kelsey Christine Dampier was arrested for the murder of 37-year-old Joshua Flanagan of Fort Smith.

swtimes.com

Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue appointed to state specialty courts committee

From the Article:

"Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue has been named to the Supreme Court of Arkansas' Specialty Court Advisory Committee. He began his time on the committee Jan. 1.

The Supreme Court of Arkansas' Specialty Court Advisory Committee designs and completes comprehensive evaluations of adult and juvenile specialty courts. It also evaluates and makes findings about these specialty courts, the release states."

https://www.swtimes.com/story/news/2021/01/06/west-arkansas-prosecutor-appointed-state-specialty-courts-committee/4139801001/?fbclid=IwAR2_EP8YLYbkjPjDmsa2ew8xAM3WtzS3jLA1tK91rDupaYV9Dpri7UaF_oc

swtimes.com Sebastian County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue has been named to the Supreme Court of Arkansas' Specialty Court Advisory Committee.

Today our office will be closed in the afternoon from 1-5 pm for moving. We will provide an update with the new address when the move is finished

5newsonline.com

Alma Police seek identity of man believed to be involved in multiple break-ins

From the article:

"ALMA, Arkansas — Alma Police are hoping to identify a man believed to be involved with several vehicle break-ins that occurred overnight on Monday (Jan. 4).

Alma Police Department (APD) shared photos of the man and the vehicle he was driving.

APD believes he has ties in or around the Fort Smith area and was involved with the crimes or has information about them."

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/alma-police-seek-identity-of-man-believed-to-be-involved-in-multiple-break-ins/527-7989cad4-ed46-445f-b18c-7084cf6a275e

5newsonline.com The Alma Police Department shared photos hoping the public can help in making an identification.

5newsonline.com

Police locate runaway minor, arrest Barling man for alleged sexual assault

From the article:

"BARLING, Ark. — A Barling man has been arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a juvenile.

On Dec. 30, 2020, the Barling Police Department received a call from the Mulberry Police Department about a juvenile who had run away and was believed to be in Barling.

According to a press release, officers arrived at a residence on H Street in Barling and located the minor who was then safely turned over to the custody of Mulberry Police Department."

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/crime/police-locate-runaway-minor-arrest-barling-man-for-alleged-sexual-assault/527-018eef2b-5de5-453f-8af3-333cfb3027ac

5newsonline.com 27-year-old Jacob Stevens was arrested for alleged sexual assault after the runaway minor was found.

4029tv.com

COVID in Arkansas: Tracking cases, deaths and latest restrictions

From the article:

"Bars and restaurants in Arkansas that serve alcohol were looking forward to staying open past 11:00 p.m. starting Sunday, but that curfew was extended by the Arkansas Department of Health last week until Feb. 3. Dr. Jose Romero with the ADH said the curfew was extended for another month to help with a spike in COVID-19 cases that is expected in the next few weeks.

New Year's Day the state reported highs in overall COVID cases along with confirmed and probable cases. Testing on New Year's Eve show more than 11 thousand PCR tests were completed and more than 3,100 antigen tests were done."

https://www.4029tv.com/article/covid-arkansas-tracking-cases-deaths-latest-restrictions-january-4/35118578

4029tv.com 40/29 News is providing you with the latest information on COVID-19, or the coronavirus, in Arkansas, as well as resources to keep your family safe.

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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