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Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:07pm
Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is, allegedly, modern day slavery.  This, at least, is how those vaguely familiar with the term view it.  What it really is, however, is an attempt to use fancy words to make old crimes seem even more morally worse than they have traditionally have been considered to be.

The difference between slavery and human trafficking, in my opinion, is that in slavery you coerce people into doing otherwise legal things, like agriculture.  It is a status conferred by the government, more or less.  Some people are slaves and some people are not and whether they are or not is usually up to somebody else, either the state or somebody appointed or approved by the state.

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

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

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

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
Sentencing

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.

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