Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:00am

Bail is an amount of money set for the freedom of an accused person.  The bail is paid, ostensibly, so that the accused person will come to court in order to get their money back.  So, for example,  a person is accused of a crime and arrested.  The Court sets a bail in the amount of $5,000.00.  The person or their family or friends can then post $5,000.00 with the Court Clerk and the accused will be set free.  If they do not come to Court when directed, the Court Clerk keeps the $5,000.00.  If they do, then at the conclusion of the case (conviction, acquittal, dismissal, whatever) then whoever posted the money will get it back.

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:55pm
choose wisely

There are different kinds of criminal lawyers out there.  Some could be good lawyers for your case.  Some will be... not so good.  The main difference that I see is that some focus more on marketing than on lawyering.  They have a gimmick or a political view or an ethnic group they're focused on or purport to be a specialist in one area of law or another and they go a great distance to get your attention.  Personally, if I had a serious charge against me I would avoid marketing-oriented lawyers like the plague.  I want a lawyer who will defend me to the greatest extent possible, not one who is over-focused on getting my attention in the first place.

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 12:00am
no: don't talk to the police

If the police are talking to you and you didn't invite them to do so and they ask if they can search you, your car, your house, your anything.  The answer is always "no".  Saying yes will never help you.  The reason they are asking is because they think or hope they will find something that they can then arrest you for or possibly something that their agency can keep (like money).  So never say yes.  Always say no.

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 12:50pm

A person who has been convicted of a prior felony in any jurisidiction (depending on adequate proof being available) has a different sentencing range if convicted for a new felony.  In Oklahoma this is governed by Section 51.1 of Title 22 of the Oklahoma Statutes.

If the new (second) conviction is for:

A violent offense that has a possibility of imprisonment of more than five years then the range of punishment available to the Court is ten (10) years to life in prison.

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 1:16pm
Statutory Rape

What is statutory rape?

Let's start with "what is rape?" In Oklahoma, rape is defined by Section 1111 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes which we have set forth here:

A. Rape is an act of sexual intercourse involving vaginal or anal penetration accomplished with a male or female who is not the spouse of the perpetrator and who may be of the same or the opposite sex as the perpetrator under any of the following circumstances:

1. Where the victim is under sixteen (16) years of age;


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