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

05/31/2021

In observance of Memorial Day, the Bugeja Law Firm will be closed Monday, May 31, 2021. The Sebastian County Courthouse will also be closed.
We will resume regular business hours Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

In observance of Memorial Day, the Bugeja Law Firm will be closed Monday, May 31, 2021. The Sebastian County Courthouse will also be closed.
We will resume regular business hours Tuesday, June 1, 2021.

DOJ accuses Lavaca man of $42 million COVID-19 scheme 05/28/2021

DOJ accuses Lavaca man of $42 million COVID-19 scheme

The U.S. Department of Justice is charging an Arkansas man with health care fraud, the department announced in a news release Wednesday. Billy Joe Taylor, 42, of Lavaca, is accused of taking part in an alleged scheme to defraud the U.S. of over $88 million.

DOJ accuses Lavaca man of $42 million COVID-19 scheme The Department of Justice says the man submitted claims for COVID-19, urine drug, and respiratory pathogen tests that were never actually ordered or performed.

FBI searching properties across the River Valley 05/26/2021

FBI searching properties across the River Valley

The FBI is executing federal search warrants at multiple locations across the River Valley, a spokesperson said Tuesday. About 100 members of law enforcement are taking part in the searches, which include a house in Central City and a music store in Fort Smith.

FBI searching properties across the River Valley The FBI has searched a music store in Fort Smith and a home in Central City.

Local K-9 officer receives Narcan after bad reaction to drug sniff during traffic stop 05/25/2021

Local K-9 officer receives Narcan after bad reaction to drug sniff during traffic stop

A K-9 officer received Narcan after bad reaction during a traffic stop. While processing the vehicle, K-9 Kandy had a bad reaction, presumably to something that she had encountered during the vehicle sniff, and collapsed.

Local K-9 officer receives Narcan after bad reaction to drug sniff during traffic stop While processing the vehicle, K-9 Kandy had a bad reaction, presumably to something that she had encountered during the vehicle sniff, and collapsed.

Buffalo herd runs loose in Bella Vista; Police warn people to avoid area 05/24/2021

Buffalo herd runs loose in Bella Vista; Police warn people to avoid area

The Bella Vista Police Department (BVPD) is warning people to avoid a herd of buffalo. So far 12 have been spotted.

Buffalo herd runs loose in Bella Vista; Police warn people to avoid area Bella Vista Police are warning people to avoid Glasgow Rd. in the area of Fire Station 3 and Branchwood as they attempt to herd them. 12 have been spotted so far.

White supremacist leader in Arkansas sentenced to 35 years in prison 05/21/2021

White supremacist leader in Arkansas sentenced to 35 years in prison

The leader of a violent white supremacist gang that began in Arkansas' prisons has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in a racketeering and drug conspiracy. Wesley Gullett, the president of the New A***n Empire, was also sentenced by a federal judge Wednesday to five years supervised release.

White supremacist leader in Arkansas sentenced to 35 years in prison The leader of a violent white supremacist gang that began in Arkansas' prisons has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in a racketeering and drug conspiracy.

Crawford Co. Sheriff's Office leads massive search effort to find missing man; body found 05/20/2021

Crawford Co. Sheriff's Office leads massive search effort to find missing man; body found

The body of a deceased male, now identified as 42-year-old Aaron Beauford, was found in a massive May 14 search effort to find a Crawford County man who had been missing for eight days. On May 10, the Crawford County Sheriff's Office (CCSO) issued a release saying Beauford, of Winslow, had been missing since May 6 around 12:50 p.m. and last seen on foot in the area of Locust Mountain Rd. and Haggard Springs Rd. in Chester.

Crawford Co. Sheriff's Office leads massive search effort to find missing man; body found Aaron Beauford has been missing since May 6. A body was found on May 14 in the area he was last seen in Chester and sent to the state crime lab for identification.

Fort Smith Police need help finding 14-year-old girl; missing since May 14 05/19/2021

Fort Smith Police need help finding 14-year-old girl; missing since May 14

Fort Smith Police needs your help finding a missing teen. If you have any information about this teen's whereabouts, call FSPD at (479) 709-5100.

Fort Smith Police need help finding 14-year-old girl; missing since May 14 Felicia Dawn Jones was last seen walking down Kelley Hwy. toward Midland Blvd.

Fort Smith police identify 2 people killed in Saturday morning shooting 05/17/2021

Fort Smith police identify 2 people killed in Saturday morning shooting

Two people are dead following a shooting Saturday morning in Fort Smith, according to police. Officials say the shooting happen at Three Corners Townhouses on South 74th Street.

Fort Smith police identify 2 people killed in Saturday morning shooting Two people are dead following a shooting Saturday morning in Fort Smith, according to police.

Officer Tyler Franks out of ICU after partial leg amputation 05/14/2021

Officer Tyler Franks out of ICU after partial leg amputation

Prairie Grove Police Officer Tyler Franks has been moved from the ICU to a rehabilitation facility. Franks was shot in the legs while responding to a domestic disturbance earlier this month.

Officer Tyler Franks out of ICU after partial leg amputation Both legs were fractured and unrepairable damage was done to the vascular system of the left leg, according to police. That leg was partially amputated.

Airbnb, Northwest Arkansas Council partner to help potential residents ‘try before they buy’ 05/13/2021

Airbnb, Northwest Arkansas Council partner to help potential residents ‘try before they buy’

The Northwest Arkansas Council is partnering with Airbnb to let people thinking of relocating to the region try the area out before fully committing to the move. Through the “Try Before You Buy” program, Airbnb is partnering with remote working initiatives across the country to help remote workers discover everything that life in a new town could offer.

Airbnb, Northwest Arkansas Council partner to help potential residents ‘try before they buy’ NWA consistently ranks as one of the best places to live in the country due to its fast-growing economy and unique quality of life.

Fort Smith Board approves truck driving school at Central Mall 05/12/2021

Fort Smith Board approves truck driving school at Central Mall

The Fort Smith Board of Directors has approved an appeal that reverses a Planning Commission denial of a conditional use for a technical or trade school at Central Mall that will become a truck driving school. The appeal was approved at the board’s regular meeting this morning.

Fort Smith Board approves truck driving school at Central Mall The mall property owners and Dillard’s management granted approval for the school using the portion of the northeast portion of the parking lot.

Tyson raising pay to keep up as US chicken demand soars 05/11/2021

Tyson raising pay to keep up as US chicken demand soars

Tyson Foods says it’s raising wages to combat absenteeism and worker turnover at its plants as U.S. demand for chicken soars. The Springdale, Arkansas-based company said Monday that absentee rates are around 50% higher than they were before the pandemic.

Tyson raising pay to keep up as US chicken demand soars U.S. meatpacking workers were among those hard hit by the pandemic.

Inside look at damages to historic Crawford County Courthouse 05/10/2021

Inside look at damages to historic Crawford County Courthouse

Three tornados brought on widespread destruction last week in Crawford County. The lawn of Crawford County Courthouse has been cleaned off and looks much better than it did last week, but the cleanup efforts inside the courthouse are far from over.

Inside look at damages to historic Crawford County Courthouse Parts of the courthouse roof were ripped off after an EF-1 tornado tore through Van Buren Monday night.

Joshua Duggar leaves jail ahead of child p**n trial 05/07/2021

Joshua Duggar leaves jail ahead of child p**n trial

Joshua Duggar, a star from the television show "19 Kids and Counting," was released from the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas Thursday. Duggar did not answer questions from reporters as he left the jail and got into a vehicle.

Joshua Duggar leaves jail ahead of child p**n trial Joshua Duggar did not answer questions from reporters as he left the jail and got into a vehicle.

Benton Co. Judge declares emergency disaster declaration for April 28-29 severe weather 05/06/2021

Benton Co. Judge declares emergency disaster declaration for April 28-29 severe weather

A disaster declaration for the severe weather event on April 28 and April 29 allows Benton County and cities within the county to receive assistance from the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) or potentially from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Due to the severity and broad damage of the weather event, Benton County Judge Barry Moehring signed an Emergency Disaster Declaration on Wednesday (May 5).

Benton Co. Judge declares emergency disaster declaration for April 28-29 severe weather Due to the severity and broad damage of the weather event, Benton County Judge Barry Moehring signed an Emergency Disaster Declaration on May 5.

Judge to decide on bond in Joshua Duggar child p**n case 05/05/2021

Judge to decide on bond in Joshua Duggar child p**n case

Joshua Duggar, a star from the television show "19 Kids and Counting," is in jail waiting for a hearing to decide whether he can be released on bail. Duggar pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to charges of receipt and possession of child p**nography.

Judge to decide on bond in Joshua Duggar child p**n case Joshua Duggar is accused of receiving and possessing p**nographic images of minors under the age of 12.

Benton County judge's parking spot dispute leads to investigation 05/04/2021

Benton County judge's parking spot dispute leads to investigation

An investigation has been opened against Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren following a confrontation with a former lawmaker over a parking spot. A video posted to Twitter shows Karren throwing his cane to the ground as he confronts former Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter.

Benton County judge's parking spot dispute leads to investigation A video posted to Twitter shows Karren throwing his cane to the ground as he confronts former Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter.

Two dead and one wounded in Madison County, suspect in custody 05/03/2021

Two dead and one wounded in Madison County, suspect in custody

According to Arkansas State Police (ASP), a man from Madison County is in custody after he allegedly shot his mother, father, and uncle. Authorities say, the shooting happened early Saturday morning.

Two dead and one wounded in Madison County, suspect in custody According to Arkansas State Police (ASP), a man from Madison County is in custody after he allegedly shot his mother, father, and uncle.

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry reported stolen from store in NWA mall 04/30/2021

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry reported stolen from store in NWA mall

Tens of thousand of dollars worth of jewelry was reported stolen from a store in the NWA mall. According to investigators, employees were distracted by one of the suspects while others were able to get inside the safe.

Thousands of dollars worth of jewelry reported stolen from store in NWA mall According to investigators, employees were distracted by a suspect while others were able to get into a safe inside of the store.

Barling Man Sentenced In Federal Firearm Case 04/23/2021

Barling Man Sentenced In Federal Firearm Case

A Barling man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday on firearm charges.

Michael Gene Haney, aka Michael McClure Herman, 36, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a news release from Conner Eldridge, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

Barling Man Sentenced In Federal Firearm Case A Barling man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday on firearm charges.

Bill to legalize cannabis filed in Texas House 04/22/2021

Bill to legalize cannabis filed in Texas House

Arkansas isn't far behind, would you support this bill?

House Bill 4089, if signed into law, would legalize cannabis use, expunge past ma*****na convictions and use the new tax revenue to fund early childhood education.

Bill to legalize cannabis filed in Texas House The bill, filed by Rep. James Talarico, would also expunge past ma*****na convictions.

Arkansas bill OK'd to block Planned Parenthood s*x education 04/21/2021

Arkansas bill OK'd to block Planned Parenthood s*x education

Arkansas lawmakers have sent legislation to the governor to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing s*x education programs in public schools.

Arkansas bill OK'd to block Planned Parenthood s*x education Arkansas lawmakers have sent legislation to the governor to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing s*x education programs in public schools.

Pregnant woman, child among three dead in Van Buren shooting 04/20/2021

Pregnant woman, child among three dead in Van Buren shooting

Police in Van Buren are investigating a possible murder-suicide that occurred in a duplex on Williams Street Sunday (April 18) morning. The victims include a man, a pregnant woman and a 2-year-old boy.

Pregnant woman, child among three dead in Van Buren shooting A suspected murder-suicide claimed the life of a young mother and son in Van Buren.

Lawmakers approve changes to Arkansas' election laws 04/15/2021

Lawmakers approve changes to Arkansas' election laws

Arkansas legislators have approved changes to the state's election laws that opponents say would disproportionately harm voters of color in the state.

The House on Tuesday approved legislation that would prohibit people within 100 feet of a polling place while voting is taking place unless they're entering or leaving for a lawful purpose.

https://www.4029tv.com/article/arkansas-lawmakers-approve-changes-states-election-laws/36115292

Lawmakers approve changes to Arkansas' election laws Arkansas legislators have approved changes to the state's election laws that opponents say would disproportionately harm voters of color in the state.

Arkansas bill that seeks to meet basic standards for tenants passed Senate 04/14/2021

Arkansas bill that seeks to meet basic standards for tenants passed Senate

What it does is create residential quality standards, that is something we’ve never had in the books and it’s something we’ve let the contracts dictate,” Jonathan Dismang, sponsor of SB 594 said.

He said the bill requires that landlords ensure that there is running hot and cold water, electricity, that the sewer system works correctly and more.
https://www.4029tv.com/article/arkansas-bill-that-seeks-to-meet-basic-standards-for-tenants-passed-senate/36111982

Arkansas bill that seeks to meet basic standards for tenants passed Senate An Arkansas bill that seeks to meet basic standards for tenants passed the Senate and now heads to the house.

Walmart comments on Arkansas hate crimes legislation, laws targeting trans people 04/13/2021

Walmart comments on Arkansas hate crimes legislation, laws targeting trans people

Arkansas lawmakers sent the governor what's being called an alternative to a hate crimes bill to be signed into law on Monday (April 12). This comes weeks after multiple measures targeting transgender people became law in the state.

Arkansas is one of only three states in the U.S. without a hate crimes law.

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/politics/walmart-arkansas-hate-crimes-bill-transgender-laws/527-ca72c02a-5b11-435c-9df2-b6a920a1154c

Walmart comments on Arkansas hate crimes legislation, laws targeting trans people Walmart, the nation's largest retailer and Arkansas' largest employer, issued a statement about the recent passage of several bills in Arkansas.

Jury orders Walmart to pay $115 million 04/12/2021

Jury orders Walmart to pay $115 million

A jury has awarded the plaintiffs a 115 million dollar judgment in a suit they brought against Walmart.

https://www.4029tv.com/article/jury-orders-walmart-to-pay-dollar115-million/36082202

Jury orders Walmart to pay $115 million A Little Rock jury found in favor of the plaintiffs in a case that involved

Jury trials to resume in Arkansas in May 04/09/2021

Jury trials to resume in Arkansas in May

Jury trials in Arkansas State Courts will resume in May, according to an opinion issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Justices in November 2020 had suspended jury trials until Jan. 15, 2021, but extended the suspension to February and again through April due to COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state.

https://www.4029tv.com/article/jury-trials-to-resume-in-arkansas-may/36075656

Jury trials to resume in Arkansas in May Jury trials in Arkansas State Courts will resume in May, according to an opinion issued by the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Woman found shot, killed in Fort Smith; suspect in custody 04/08/2021

Woman found shot, killed in Fort Smith; suspect in custody

A homicide investigation is underway in Fort Smith after a woman was found dead Thursday (April 8) morning.

According to Aric Mitchell, Public Information Officer with the Fort Smith Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of Brazil Avenue off of Zero Street in reference to a shooting.

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/crime/homicide-investigation-fort-smith-woman-dead/527-4d41f06d-89c4-493e-9c97-ac2e73b8d4c5?fbclid=IwAR0dByvjgg_CrG6X7UaxJI_UUj5sgmp4HmbURuVopiwIIvu4Px-VL2g9R18

Woman found shot, killed in Fort Smith; suspect in custody Officers were called to Brazil Ave. in Fort Smith this morning in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased female victim.

Arkansas House committee advances creationism, transgender and religious freedom bills 04/07/2021

Arkansas House committee advances creationism, transgender and religious freedom bills

The House Education Committee advanced bills Tuesday (April 6) that would allow the teaching of creationism in schools, outline a procedure for teachers to address transgender students, protect the types of flags flown at public schools, and broaden religious speech on campuses.

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/state/arkansas-house-committee-advances-creationism-transgender-and-religious-freedom-bills/527-57b47e1a-f743-45cb-956d-64dac85e06fd?fbclid=IwAR35o7KybADJ0FVUQ-zBM2M453kuge6L5veQAFV2twmOckYJkHnQCQul4jE

Arkansas House committee advances creationism, transgender and religious freedom bills The bills would allow the teaching of creationism in schools, outline a procedure for teachers to address transgender students, and much more.

Fort Smith Police hope to identify, speak with woman regarding $2K jewelry theft 04/05/2021

Fort Smith Police hope to identify, speak with woman regarding $2K jewelry theft

Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD) shared surveillance images from the Zero St. Walmart in Fort Smith in hopes of identifying a woman they want to speak with regarding a felony theft.

https://www.5newsonline.com/article/news/local/fort-smith-police-hope-to-identify-speak-with-woman-regarding-theft-of-approximately-2k-in-jewelry-zero-street-walmart/527-d301e4d9-e243-4bad-8dde-4942b5b2cca8

Fort Smith Police hope to identify, speak with woman regarding $2K jewelry theft Police shared images from the Zero St. Walmart. If you recognize the woman or car seen in the photos, please contact the FSPD Criminal Investigations Division.

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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Fort Smith, AR
72901

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
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