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Meet Cody W. Dowden, Bentonville Attorney

Thousands of Clients Helped, Hundreds of Cases Tried

My name is Cody Dowden and I am proud to work as a Bentonville criminal defense lawyer. I was born and raised in Texas, where I remained throughout college, attending Sam Houston State University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. While at Sam Houston, I was named to both the National Criminal Justice and National Political Science Honor Societies. I then moved to Arkansas to attend law school at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock Bowen School of Law in 2004.

There I participated on the traveling Moot Court team, attending national competitions in California and New Jersey, and eventually becoming Chairman of the Moot Court Board. During one competition, I won the accolades of Best Petitioner’s Brief and Best Oralist.


  • Sam Houston State University – Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Minor in Political Science, 2004
  • University of Arkansas – Little Rock Bowen School of Law – Juris Doctorate, 2007


  • Dowden Law Office, August 2016 - Present
  • Howerton Law Firm - DWI/Criminal Defense Litigation Attorney, February 2016 - August 2016
  • Norwood & Norwood, P.A. - DWI/Criminal Defense Litigation Attorney, August 2012 - January 2016
  • State of Arkansas - Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, April 2008 - July 2012
  • State of Arkansas – Attorney, Department of Finance and Administration, November 2007 - April 2008

Extensive Prosecutorial Experience

After I successfully obtained my Juris Doctorate, I worked for a short time as an attorney for the Department of Finance and Administration before accepting a position in Hot Springs as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney. During that time I handled district court misdemeanors, juvenile court, and select felony and misdemeanor appeals in circuit court. For four-and-a-half years, I prosecuted cases, trying everything from speeding tickets to Class Y felonies and everything in between.

During my tenure as a prosecutor, I was a member of DWI court, traveling to Missouri and Louisiana for DWI Court seminars and training. I was also trained as a forensic interviewer through the Child Advocacy Center for forensic interviews in sexual assault investigations.

I left Hot Springs for Northwest Arkansas in 2012 where I began practicing criminal defense. I use the tricks of the trade learned from being a prosecutor to zealously fight for my clients, be that through plea negotiations, bench trials, or jury trials.

I have represented clients all over Northwest Arkansas, the River Valley, and as far away as Pocahontas and Benton. In my capacity as a criminal defense attorney in Bentonville, I have handled thousands of cases and have tried hundreds. To learn as much as possible for use in defending clients, I have attended many seminars to hone my skills, including the DWI Means Defend With Integrity seminar in Las Vegas, and many other seminars all over Arkansas.

I have even run seminars for other lawyers and judges on the effects of Arkansas domestic violence convictions on federal firearms rights, DWI defense strategies, and participated in the teaching of DWI field sobriety tests to fellow lawyers. Additionally, I am proud to have guest lectured at the University of Arkansas School of Law in Fayetteville.

Finally, I have attended the same training law enforcement goes through for the administration of field sobriety tests as taught by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Call Cody W. Dowden, Attorney at Law Today

Over the years, I have represented thousands of clients, tried hundreds of cases, and saved innumerable clients from losing their jobs and their freedom. See what I can do for you; it only takes a little time to talk, and you have no obligation to hire. When you hire me, you deal with me; nobody else.

The call is free. The visit is free. What do you have to lose? Call (479) 777-0640 today to schedule your free consultation.

Why Hire My Law Firm?

We Care. We Solve Problems. We Get Results.
  • 100% Focus on Criminal Law

    Unlike other firms that handle every type of case in the book, I focus exclusively on criminal law. I live and breathe it. You can trust in my focus.

  • When You Hire Me, You Get Me

    You won't be passed off to another lawyer or spend all of your time talking to a paralegal. You get me. I'll be there every step of the way.

  • Accessible Legal Defense

    Life is busy and it can be hard to take the time you need to meet with your attorney. That's why I offer phone appointments for your convenience.

  • Affordable Fees & Payment Plans

    Protecting your legal rights shouldn't take every penny in your bank account. That's why I offer reasonable fees and payment plans.

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