2017 Arkansas Code
Title 5 - Criminal Offenses
Subtitle 1 - General Provisions
Chapter 4 - Disposition of Offenders
Subchapter 7 - Enhanced Penalties for Certain Offenses
§ 5-4-704. Sentence enhancement for offense targeting current or former law enforcement officer, first responder, or family member of current or former law enforcement officer or first responder

Universal Citation: AR Code § 5-4-704 (2017)
  • (a) A person is subject to an enhanced sentence under this section if the person purposely selected the victim of an offense committed by the person because the victim is:
    • (1) Currently employed or was formerly employed as a law enforcement officer or first responder; or
    • (2) A family member of a current or former law enforcement officer or first responder.
  • (b) If a sentence enhancement is sought under this section, the information or indictment shall include:
    • (1) That the sentence enhancement under this section is being sought; and
    • (2) The allegations supporting the imposition of the enhanced sentence under this section.
  • (c) The sentence enhancement under this section is as follows:
    • (1) If the person is convicted of a Class A misdemeanor or an unclassified misdemeanor with a possible sentence greater than ninety (90) days' imprisonment, an additional period of imprisonment of not more than one (1) year;
    • (2) If the person is convicted of a Class C felony, Class D felony, or an unclassified felony, an additional period of imprisonment of at least six (6) months but no more than two (2) years; and
    • (3) If the person is convicted of a Class Y felony, Class A felony, or Class B felony, an additional period of imprisonment of at least two (2) years but no more than ten (10) years.
  • (d) The sentence enhancement under this section is not applicable if:
    • (1) The victim of the offense is a law enforcement officer or first responder; and
    • (2) An element of the underlying offense is that the victim is a law enforcement officer or first responder.
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