Client Communication

Every client should be fully informed about their case. The biggest complaint most clients have about their attorney is a lack of communication.

Whether you hire a lawyer for a felony or misdemeanor, divorce or personal injury, you should have a reliable attorney who makes him or herself available for your legal concerns.

A good defense attorney knows the case and his client better than the prosecutor. Your family law attorney should know your family as if he’s a relative himself.  The only way to accomplish that is to visit and communicate with the client. An attorney has to discuss the facts, evidence and the client’s version of the events in great detail. We believe that all our clients should have their attorney’s direct email address. If you live a far distance from Fort Smith, weekend phone/video appointments are available.

Every case is important to us just as it’s important to the client. Whether a client is from Greenwood or Jonesboro, Sebastian or Crawford County, no call or email goes unreturned.

We fight to protect your legal rights under the law
When you are facing criminal charges in the Fort Smith area, we understand it can be a scary time. Whether you are charged with a felony or misdemeanor, you face the potential of jail time and substantial fines.

The legal justice system can be complicated and intimidating. We are dedicated to guiding our clients through every step of the legal process.

Our office offers the services of an experienced attorney to help protect your future and legal rights. Call today for your free consultation.

Experienced Fort Smith Criminal Defense Attorney
In addition to spending several years working in family law and personal injury, David Powell also worked as a deputy public defender in Van Buren before opening his law office in Fort Smith.

Working as a criminal attorney in Sebastian and Crawford Counties has provided the experience necessary to take on any criminal charge. From misdemeanors to defendants facing life in prison on serious felony charges, David Powell has successfully represented well over 1,000 criminal clients. He also diligently worked several years in juvenile court. David has represented children facing delinquency charges as well as FINS petitions.

Whether it’s a bond hearing or felony jury trial, you need an experienced Fort Smith criminal defense lawyer in your corner.


Criminal Defense

Misdemeanors, Felonies, Probation Revocation, Expungement


Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Test, Driving Under the Influence


Contested and Uncontested Divorce, Spousal Support, Child Support Modification, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements, Legal Separation

Child Custody

Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Adoption, Guardianship, Paternity, Paternal Relocation, Grandparents’ Rights

Juvenile Court

FINS and Delinquency cases

SSI Disability


Personal Injury

Auto Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Slip and Fall, Brain Injury, Nursing Home Neglect


Call today to find out if your criminal record is expungable.

Arrested for DWI?

 David has successfully defended DWI clients including those who were charged with DWI, DUI, failed breath tests, failed blood tests, and refused breath tests. Even if you have no prior DWI arrests you could face hefty fines, license suspension, and even jail time. If you have been charged, you need a DWI defense lawyer who has the experience and skills to take your DWI case to trial.

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    Expungement of Criminal Record

    Are you worried about a background check when applying for employment? The wrong blemish on your record can keep you from even getting a bank loan or an apartment. Call us today to see if you are eligible to seal or expunge your criminal record. If so, you may be able to check “no” on most job applications which ask if you have ever been arrested of a crime. If you need to expunge charges from Fort Smith, Van Buren, Greenwood or the surrounding area, we can help.

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    Need an Uncontested Divorce?

    Maybe your marriage is beyond repair, but you and your spouse are in agreement on how to end the marriage? Why waste thousands of dollars on an over-priced divorce when you can obtain an affordable uncontested divorce? If you have already divided your marital property and are in agreement on things such as child custody and alimony, we can save you time, money, and a great deal of stress.

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– Legal question? Consultation is free.
We are open Monday through Friday, 8:00-5:00. Our office is located next to the First National Bank building in downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Our mission is to provide zealous representation while serving our clients with diligence and respect. Our practice focuses on criminal defense, DWI, family law, worker’s comp, and personal injury claims.

David Powell is an experienced and knowledgeable trial attorney who spent several years as a public defender in Crawford County Circuit Court in Van Buren, Arkansas. The support staff at our law firm is experienced and can handle whatever your legal needs may be. Call us today for a free consultation to discuss your case.

– We will travel.
While our Sebastian County law firm is located in Fort Smith, we gladly take on new clients in Van Buren, Greenwood, Alma, and the surrounding areas.

We also serve clients in central Arkansas as well as northeast Arkansas.

  • Excellent job!!!
    Jesse Y.
  • Worked with David and have been impressed by his work ethic and determination. Always a pleasure.
    Melissa O.
  • Great lawyer! Highly recommend.
    Charles A.
  • Mr. Powell is a genuinely good guy who cares about his clients!
    Boone B.
  • David has to be the best lawyer I've seen. My brother was facing a life sentence and was found not guilty thanks to David and his staff. They take the case to heart in every way you can imagine. Now my brother has a chance to start his life again and see his new born son grow up. Thank you David and your staff for all the endless work/hours you put into this case.
    Peyton B.
  • "I have had the pleasure of observing David in the courtroom and have always been impressed by his experience as well as the personal attention he gives to his clients."
    Cindy B.
  • "David was of great help to me. No nonsense, professional... could not have asked for better."
    Robert O.
  • "David Powell is an exceptional attorney. He is very thorough, personable, and is there with you every step of the way. I would recommend him to anyone with legal needs. We couldn't of been more pleased with his work."

    Shaleena H.
  • "I have never needed to be a client, but I have worked with David in the courtroom. He is one of the few attorneys that I've observed, who actually listens to his clients and stays focused on achieving the best outcome in each case."
    Tabitha M.
  • "David handled my divorce a few years ago. He was very attentive, professional, and assisted me through the entire process with kindness and respect. He is an exceptional attorney and it was an absolute pleasure to work with him."
    Tenita S.
  • "David is amazing at what he does. He's friendly, professional, and always prepared. He was always available for any questions I had and always gave clear, concise information. I highly recommend him."

    Cassie E.
  • "After searching for counsel for a complex legal situation, I met Mr. Powell. He took the facts, took the case, and performed his job with the utmost integrity. I felt he genuinely cared about my situation. He told me "relax and go on with your life. I GOT THIS." And boy let me tell you, he pulled it off against seemingly impossible odds. ABSOLUTE VICTORY."

    Tyler N.
  • "I have known David for quite some time and regard him as a highly intelligent and hard-working attorney. David has the experience and is known to obtain fantastic results for his clients. I would not hesitate recommending this attorney to anyone in need of legal representation."

    David S.

“Justice consists not in being neutral between right and wrong, but in finding out the right and upholding it, wherever found, against the wrong.” -Theodore Roosevelt