Understanding a Preliminary Hearing Conference As legal proceedings unfold, various court hearings and conferences play essential roles in the judicial process. One such important event is the preliminary hearing conference. If you find yourself facing a criminal charge in Oklahoma, understanding what a preliminary hearing conference entails can help you navigate the legal … [Read more...] about Criminal Justice Process: What Is a Preliminary Hearing Conference in Oklahoma?
Understanding Oklahoma's Laws on Juvenile Possession of a Firearm The possession of firearms holds significant weight, particularly for individuals under the age of 18 in the state of Oklahoma. Although constitutional carry laws extend to adults, minors face distinct regulations that pertain to their ownership and usage of firearms. If you or a loved one are dealing with … [Read more...] about What Are Oklahoma’s Laws about Juvenile Possession of a Firearm?
Petit Larceny Can Have Major Consequences Shoplifting is a crime that occurs when individuals unlawfully take or carry away merchandise from a store with the intent to permanently deprive the establishment of its value without paying for it. In Oklahoma, the law defines shoplifting as a form of larceny committed within the premises of a retail establishment. If you or a … [Read more...] about What is Shoplifting in Oklahoma?
Understanding Hit and Run Offenses in Oklahoma: A Comprehensive Overview When it comes to hit-and-run incidents, commonly known as leaving the scene of an accident, it is crucial to grasp the legal implications and consequences so that you can secure an Oklahoma City attorney who can partner with you to protect your future. Defining a Hit and Run: Elements of the Crime A … [Read more...] about What Is a Hit and Run in Oklahoma?
Understanding Section 18 Expungements in Oklahoma Having a clean criminal record is crucial for moving forward in life without the burden of past mistakes. In Oklahoma, one way to achieve this is through a Section 18 expungement, Okla. Stat. tit. 22 § 18. If your future and career are on the line you need an attorney that knows what Section 18 expungements entail, the … [Read more...] about Section 18 Expungement in Oklahoma
Understanding Emergency VPOs in Oklahoma When you find yourself in a situation of domestic abuse, stalking, or harassment, it's essential to prioritize your safety and seek legal protection. In Oklahoma, you have the option to obtain a victim protective order (VPO), commonly known as a protective order, even without the presence of your abuser in court. These emergency … [Read more...] about Can You Obtain a Victim Protective Order (VPO) in Oklahoma Without the Abuser Present in Court?
Protecting Your Rights and Your Beloved Pet: Animal Cruelty Legal Services in Oklahoma As a responsible animal owner, it can be difficult to imagine being cruel to an animal. However, it's important to recognize that unforeseen accidents or circumstances can occur, potentially resulting in animal cruelty charges against you or a family member. Understanding the … [Read more...] about Animal Abuse in Oklahoma: Pets and Livestock
Understanding the Issue What's animal cruelty in Oklahoma? So in Oklahoma, obviously there are laws that protect animals against what the state defines as abuse. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1680 says, "An animal is a mammal, bird, fish, reptile, either both wild or domesticated." Now, cruelty to those animals is defined as the willful or malicious torturing, destruction, … [Read more...] about What Is Animal Abuse in Oklahoma?
Rape in Oklahoma is a Crime This is obviously a very sensitive topic, so we will try to tread carefully. Rape is essentially vaginal or anal penetration without the consent of the victim and by someone who is not the spouse of the victim. I'm not going to get into that today. When most people think of rape, it's pretty simple: using force or threatened force against … [Read more...] about What Is Rape in Oklahoma?
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle in Oklahoma - Is It a Crime? Oklahoma Statute, Title 47, Section 4-103 says, "A person not entitled to the possession of a vehicle who receives, possesses, concealed, sells, or disposes of it, knowing the vehicle to be stolen or converted under circumstances constituting a crime will be guilty of possession of a stolen vehicle." So let's go … [Read more...] about Is Possession of a Stolen Vehicle a Crime in Oklahoma?
Negligent homicide means you've done something negligent to kill someone. Negligence refers to a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances. It may encompass actions you did that a prudent person would not do, or conversely, things you failed to do which a prudent person would … [Read more...] about What Is Negligent Homicide in Oklahoma?
Capital murder is often seen as the worst of the worst - the worst offense that you can commit, or the worst thing you can be sentenced for. If you didn't know, capital murder, of course, means murder in the first degree, with some aggravating circumstances. Here are some examples: The defendant was previously convicted of a felony involving the use or threat of … [Read more...] about What Constitutes Capital Murder in Oklahoma?
What are 85% Felonies in Oklahoma? 85% felonies are crimes that require you to serve at least 85% of your imprisonment sentence before you're eligible for parole consideration. These are all considered violent or sexual felonies. By contrast, if someone commits a crime not under this category they may only have top serve 25% to 33% of their sentence before parole. So … [Read more...] about What Is a 85% Felony in Oklahoma?
The crime of uttering in Oklahoma City rarely makes the headlines. As a result, few people know about the crime and what it entails. Yet, the crime occurs and is punished in nearly every jurisdiction. In essence, uttering a forged instrument occurs when a person knowingly publishes (utters) a forged or altered document, writing, or another financial instrument, thus placing … [Read more...] about How Can I Resolve a Charge of Uttering in Oklahoma City?
Domestic assault and battery in Oklahoma is often a byproduct of troubled relationships. In many relationships, it can be part of a cyclical pattern of violence. Oklahoma is now taking domestic assault and battery cases more seriously. Penalties for domestic assault and battery are usually more severe than for assault and battery perpetrated against a stranger. If you or … [Read more...] about What Makes Something Domestic Assault and Battery in Oklahoma City?
Oklahoma has a number of statutes that deal with various kinds and levels of assault and battery. If you are being charged with assault and battery in Oklahoma City, it is essential that you understand the nature of how assault and battery are handled in the state. Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in Oklahoma City is a particularly serious form of assault and … [Read more...] about Defining Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in Oklahoma City
It seems that every time you turn on the news, there is a story of another police shooting. And while jurisdictions are now requiring that police officers wear body cameras in the performance of their duties, they are not required everywhere. As a result, many in the general public have taken to using their phones to record police activity. This is legal to do as long as it … [Read more...] about Examining the Crime of Obstructing an Officer in Oklahoma City
Unauthorized use of a vehicle in Oklahoma City can look like joyriding or theft. A car unlocked on a Saturday night. Keys in the ignition. You take the car without permission, maybe not intending to keep it, just to take it out for a bit — or maybe you do intend to keep it. Your intent is an important part of the crime. Here is what you might want to know about … [Read more...] about How is Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle Defined in Oklahoma City?
If you have been charged with a crime, a skilled criminal defense attorney can often help you by getting your charges reduced under the following circumstances. Entering A Plea Bargain In Oklahoma As a criminal case progresses, often witnesses will disappear, evidence will be lost or new evidence will emerge that weakens the prosecutor’s case against you. The prosecutor may … [Read more...] about Getting Your Charges Reduced In Oklahoma