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Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:44am
Emergency Room

There are various "add-ons" or supplemental coverages that you can add to your state-mandated automobile insurance.  Two of them are Under-Insured/Uninsured Motorist Coverage and Medical Payments Coverage. You should have both coverages in as high an amount as you can afford.  Today, though, we will say a few words about Medical Payments Coverage.

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 12:00am
Cops

What is a pretextual traffic stop?

A pretextual traffic stop is any detainer of a motor vehicle for a purpose other than enforcing traffic laws.  Very typically this is for the enforcement of other laws.  For example, a passenger automobile crosses the center line (or is traveling at 1 mph above the speed limit, or has a broken or dim tail light, or has a license plate cover, or has windows that may be tinted beyond the limits allowed by statute, ad nauseam), and is stopped by a police officer.  The driver is arrested for DUI (or drug possession or trafficking or whatever more serious offense).

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 10:41am
Prison

So how does incarceration for crimes in Oklahoma work? I will lay it out in a nutshell:

(1) You can be convicted and go to prison or jail for a period of time set by the Court;

(2) You can be convicted and be sentenced to prison or jail for a period of time some or all of which is set aside by the Court, and;

(3) The Court can decide not to judge you yet.

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 2:07pm
Possession with Intent

Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute (PWI) is a serious crime in Oklahoma. It carries significant prison time, but like all crimes the State has to prove each element of the crime in order to secure a conviction. The elements of PWI are:

First, knowing and intentional;

Second, possession;

Third, of the controlled dangerous substance of [Name of Substance, e.g. marijuana, MDMA, etc.];

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 4:19pm
Marijuana

Drugs are becoming legalized as time goes by.  Even in Oklahoma, possession of small amounts of illegal drugs is only a misdemeanor as of July 1, 2017.

But what about large amounts of drugs?

Depending on how much contraband a person is caught with they could be charged with Drug Trafficking under Section 2-415 of Title 63.  Trafficking can apply to the following substances: marijuana, cocaine, heroin, meth, LSD, PCP, cocaine base, MDMA, morphine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and benzodiazepine.  Whether a person is "trafficking" depends heavily on exactly how much they are caught with. 

Some examples of how this shakes out:

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