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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.

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 1:16pm
Statutory Rape

What is statutory rape?

Let's start with "what is rape?" In Oklahoma, rape is defined by Section 1111 of Title 21 of the Oklahoma Statutes which we have set forth here:

A. Rape is an act of sexual intercourse involving vaginal or anal penetration accomplished with a male or female who is not the spouse of the perpetrator and who may be of the same or the opposite sex as the perpetrator under any of the following circumstances:

1. Where the victim is under sixteen (16) years of age;

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:00am
Expungement

So you've got a record.  And now you've turned your life around... except for the record.  Human Resources says that hiring you violates company policy.  What can you do?

As with all criminal matters the best advice for you is fact-specific and should be tailored to your case.  But generally speaking, for Oklahoma charges your options look like this:

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 1:03pm
Medical Bills

I was in a collision and the bills are more than the insurance available to cover them. What do I do?

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 the magistrate is required to consider all the evidence presented in the light most favorable to the

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