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This guide is not intended as a legal reference or to provide legal advice, but as an aid to further understanding of the criminal justice system in Arkansas.
A Crime Victim's Guide to the Justice System in Arkansas This guide provides an overview of the criminal justice system in Arkansas.
These services are discussed in the "Victim Services" section of this Guide.
Jurisdiction regarding law enforcement agencies' responsibilities, as they relate to a particular crime, can vary.
When a law enforcement agency makes an arrest, the arrested person may or may not be immediately jailed.
In less serious crimes, an offender may only be issued a citation ordering that they appear in court on a certain date.
When a crime occurs, law enforcement officers are normally the first to respond.
These officers may need to provide protection and assistance to persons with physical injuries and/or emotional trauma.