So you heard that your friend had his charges dropped and you saw on television where a victim contacted the police to drop the charges. What does that mean?
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.
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.
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.