Fri, 02/16/2018 - 12:22pm
beat down

In Oklahoma, generally speaking, if you are being assaulted by another then you have the right to defend yourself.  There are a couple of Oklahoma statutes that authorize such defense; one applies to using non-deadly force in defense of yourself and the other applies to using deadly force.  Today I'm going to talk about using non-deadly force and how it applies to defending yourself against an accusation that you've committed a crime.

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 2:27pm
Just Talking

So what happens when a police officer approaches you?  Well, sometimes they aren't interested in you and pass on by, a greeting might be nice and all that is called for.  But, I would guess that most of the time if the police officer is approaching you they have a reason for it.  I mean, if I were a cop, I probably wouldn't ever interact with anybody without a reason given that I have to force interactions with people constantly as part of the job.  I'm sure Officer Friendly exists out there somewhere, but I wouldn't count on him being the guy who approaches me for no other obvious reason.

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:11am

Can you have a firearm?  The law regarding possessing firearms is very complicated unless you are a felon, then it is very easy. and generally no you cannot.  Following are some of the rules governing possessing firearms for people involved in the criminal justice system.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 2:13pm
Possession of a Stolen Vehicle

There are several statutes that prohibit car theft and they are used under different circumstances. 

Larceny of a Motor Vehicle.  The most obvious one is 21 O.S. §1720 and it reads, in full, as follows:

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:14pm
Citizens Arrest

A citizens arrest in Oklahoma occurs when a person who is not a law enforcement officer arrests another citizen for a crime.  (Here is a tip: never do this, it can get you killed, or arrested if you happen to be incorrect, especially unreasonably incorrect, or if a prosecutor decides you have used unreasonable force to make the arrest.  If you need somebody arrested for a crime call the cops instead.)

The statute that governs a citizens arrest in Oklahoma is 22 O.S. §202 and it says:


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