America's melting pot of diversity is also widely present in Arkansas.
Arkansas may not be a state that is well-known for its wide
demographics, but in fact it has a varied diversity. Like many states
Arkansas does have a large White American population but also has
various percentages of Black Americans, Pacific Islander Americans,
Asian Americans, American Indians, and Latino Americans.
This state of many colors is governed by one government that holds many
specific laws in regards to labor laws, divorce laws, felony
incarceration laws, bankruptcy laws, DUI laws, and many others.
Felonies and Misdemeanors
Each state has the right to break its felony charges into any degree it
likes. Arkansas breaks its felonies into alphabetical classes. Each
class has a range of years in which an individual can be incarcerated,
including a maximum and a minimum.
Felonies range from Class Y felonies to Class D felonies, with
imprisonment terms from thirty years to three years in a state
penitentiary. Misdemeanor classes range from Class A misdemeanors to
Class C misdemeanors, with imprisonment terms ranging from one year to
thirty days in a county or local jail.
Some misdemeanors and felonies of different classes can have the same
crime but are separated by the number of previous offenses, the
severity of the crime, and any other crimes that took place at the same
All maternity laws are governed by federal statues, but each state may
choose to include more laws in regards to leave. Arkansas deems
maternity leave as family leave and encompasses other family
situations. Those needing to take leave to care for ill children, care
for elderly parents, be hospitalized, or any other medical or
psychological necessity can qualify for family leave.
Maternity leave and medical leave allows individuals to have a maximum
of twelve weeks of unpaid leave that must be taken in a row. Family
leave cannot be spread among several months in two- or three-week
blocks. Laws state that no individual can be terminated because he or
she chooses to take leave. When returning to work individuals are
guaranteed their former jobs or jobs of the same salary and with the
Drunk Driving Laws
Those who are arrested for driving under the influence are not
necessarily charged with the same crime. Convictions for driving under
the influence are based on prior offenses and the circumstances of the
crime. The more prior driving under the influence charges an individual
has, the longer the possible incarceration, probation, and driver's
license suspension will be.
If an individual is arrested for drunk driving and has a minor in the
motor vehicle, he or she will have an aggravated charge. This is also
possible if another individual was injured due to drunk driving, if
another was killed, or if the driver was driving over the speed limit.
Drunk driving charges are also divided into different categories and
are also based on the amount of alcohol in an individual's body. If an
individual has a blood alcohol content that is double the legal limit
of 0.08 percent, he or she will be charged with an aggravated offense.