Legal Ages Under Arkansas Statute As in most states, the age of majority in Arkansas is 18; however, a child as young as 16 may petition the court for emancipation (see below for more details about emancipation).
Minors may file a lawsuit with the assistance of a next friend (court appointment) or guardian (parent or legal guardian).
Additional provisions of Arkansas laws setting legal ages for minors are listed in the following table.
Note: State laws may change at any time, usually through the enactment of new statutes but sometimes through higher court decisions or other means.
All drivers, regardless of age, are banned from texting.
Anyone riding on a motorcycle who is under 21 years old must wear a helmet.
Children under 5 years old and under 60 pounds must be secured in a federally approved car seat or booster.
In addition, state laws determine limits and rules for children under 18 who need access to certain legal processes.
(e) When criminality of conduct depends on a victim’s being incapable of consent because he or she is mentally defective or mentally incapacitated, it is an affirmative defense that the actor reasonably believed that the victim was capable of consent.
(2) If a judicial officer has reason to believe that mental disease or defect of the defendant will or has become an issue in the case, the judicial officer shall enter such orders as are consistent with § 5-2-305.
If you must use your windshield wipers to safely view your path of travel, you must also turn on your headlights.
Headlights must be turned on by 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise, in addition to whenever visibility is less than 500 feet.
But in order to qualify, you must be able to prove that your parents don't mind if you move out; that you can support yourself financially (and legally); that you are mature enough to live independently; and that it would be in your best interest.