Criminal Defense

Tue, 11/14/2017 - 12:26pm
Preliminary Hearings

Preliminary Hearing.  Preliminary Hearings are a part of felony proceedings in Oklahoma.  If a defendant is only charged with misdemeanors then preliminary hearings don't happen and if the charges are a mix of felonies and misdemeanors, the misdemeanors are not usually much discussed in preliminary hearing before a magistrate (usually, but not always a Special Judge).  At the preliminary hearing the state has the burden to provide evidence to the judge that probable cause exists to believe that the defendant committed a felony crime.  This is a very low burden of proof as...

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 12:33pm
Court Room

Whether you want to have a trial in Oklahoma depends on several different factors.  The first, and most important, factor is this:  do you have a reasonable defense to the allegations?

Your theory of defense.  You need to consult with able and experienced counsel to determine whether you should take your defense to the jury.  The government is obligated to prove each element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.  Here are the elements of a sample criminal charge of assault and battery (misdemeanor):

Fri, 10/23/2015 - 4:25pm
Contraband

It is illegal for anybody to bring certain forms of contraband into a jail or prison in Oklahoma.

57 O.S. §21 Provides that persons bringing guns, knives, bombs, or any dangerous instrument, any controlled dangerous substance, any intoxicating beverage or low-point beer, money or financial instruments for anyone other than the inmate or their spouse (including tax returns!) is guilty of a felony and subject to a penalty of from 1 to 5 years in prison.

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 5:28pm

News 4 Reports on a Bigamy Prosecution, our own Erik Motsinger offers our opinion on our client's case.

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