Criminal Law

Aggressively Defending Clients Against Criminal Charges

– Criminal Justice Attorney with Over 40 Years Experience

Being charged with a crime can be a terrifying experience, but it’s nothing compared to being convicted of one. If you don’t hire a knowledgeable criminal lawyer to handle your case, you risk jail time, hefty fines, or worse.

With more than four decades of experience dealing with Arkansas criminal laws from both sides of the aisle, having worked as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, Mike Bearden has the background, skills, judgement, and reputation he needs to provide clients with sound legal advice and aggressive defense representation against criminal charges in Benton County. Experienced Bentonville attorney Mike Bearden has handled virtually every kind of criminal defense case, including DUI and DWI, sex crimes, white collar crimes, theft, arson, trespassing, drug possession charges, and assault and battery.

If you face misdemeanor or felony charges in Bentonville, Arkansas, let criminal defense lawyer Mike Bearden fight to keep a conviction off of your record and minimize the consequences of your alleged actions.

Know Your Rights

An arrest for a crime is not equivalent to a conviction. Until the authorities can prove your guilt, you must be considered innocent. An experienced criminal defense attorney can ensure that your rights are recognized and protected. The Bearden Law Group can help you make bail arrangements while dealing with the other aspects of your case. We will make sure that your right to bail is honored.

Even a simple violation of procedure by the authorities before, during, or after your arrest may in some cases be sufficient grounds to have your case dismissed or to have the charges reduced. Everyone who is arrested for a crime in the United States has the right to legal representation. Simply invoking your right to legal representation is supposed to be enough to stop the authorities from interrogating you. Be polite to the police, but firmly insist on your rights. Anything that you say to the police without an attorney present could be misunderstood or distorted and used against you in court.

Getting You Out of Jail

The judicial process can last several months or even years. Being detained in jail for the duration can be devastating to your family and career – even if you’re found not guilty, the damage is already done. If you or someone you love has been arrested in Benton County, veteran criminal defense attorney Mike Bearden can help you with obtaining release on bail, having your bail amount reduced, or obtaining your release upon your promise to appear in court. Bearden Law Group routinely handles criminal cases, working to negotiate sentencing modifications and alternatives to jail, including house arrest, work release, or alcohol and drug rehabilitation. Attorney Mike Bearden will use every available option to defend your freedom and fight for your rights.

Defense Process


Pre-arrest defense (if you believe your arrest is impending)


Arraignment counsel


Pre-trial defense


Negotiations and plea deals


Trial defense

Pre-arrest Defense

If you are under suspicion and you believe that your arrest is impending, get in touch with our criminal defense team immediately. This gives us time to review your case, and it additionally means that all interviews and correspondence between you and the authorities must go through your attorney, limiting the possibility of unintentional self-incrimination before, during, and after your arrest.

Arraignment and Pre-trial Defense

Every person arrested in the United States is guaranteed the right to appoint legal counsel and to have a defense attorney represent them. If you cannot afford a lawyer, the government will appoint one for you.

Your criminal defense lawyer must be able to negotiate with the prosecutors on your behalf, and must help you enter a plea at your arraignment hearing. He must assist you during every step of the legal proceedings against you, from appearing at the arraignment with you to the final hearing for sentencing (if you are found guilty). Remember: even if the charges against are completely baseless, that might not mean anything without having the right attorney on your side.

While the Bearden Law Group is always ready to go to trial on behalf of clients, that’s usually not necessary or even desirable. Negotiations and plea deals are much more routine in criminal cases, and while attorney Mike Bearden will explain your options – and his recommendations – accepting or rejecting a plea bargain is entirely up to you. We will fight aggressively for the result that is in your best personal long-term interests.

Trial Defense

The law does not require criminal defense attorneys to prove to the authorities that you are innocent of all criminal accusations. Rather, our task is to challenge and dispute the state’s evidence against you, so that there is reasonable doubt as to your guilt. The Bearden Law Group will use every available legal tool and resource on your behalf to cast enough doubt on the evidence and the case against you so that no reasonable jury would convict you on the charges presented.

Free Consultation

If you’ve been charged with a crime or believe that you are under suspicion for one, put a skilled defense attorney to work for you. After assessing your legal situation, Mike Bearden will outline your options and develop an effective defense strategy. If you seek a lawyer for a loved one who has already been arrested, attorney Mike Bearden can usually visit your loved one in jail. What sets us apart is our personal interest in every case and client. Every client is treated with the utmost respect, and you can be sure that you will receive the personal attention of our criminal defense team throughout the course of your case. At the Bearden Law Group, we take our responsibility to our clients seriously, and we want to put our experience to work for you. Call our office today or click the link below to request your no-cost, no obligation consultation.

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