Oklahoma law provides several ways that law-enforcement can legally search your vehicle....
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?
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:
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...
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):