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Harsher Punishment For Multiple Offenses: What Is a “Predicate Offense?”

Harsher Punishment For Multiple Offenses: What Is a “Predicate Offense?”

Criminal law in Oklahoma is complicated. Learning the intricacies of crimes and their punishments can make a big difference in how you and your attorney choose to navigate a pending charge.

Uttering a Forged Instrument

Uttering a Forged Instrument

Uttering a forged instrument is when you intentionally create a forged document or financial instrument and circulate it into the public. It can be a promissory note, check, bill, or draft or any other formal document that would lead to the payment of money.

Oklahoma Trespassing Laws Aren’t What You Think

Oklahoma Trespassing Laws Aren’t What You Think

If you ask most people “is trespassing a crime?” Nearly all of them would say yes. It isn’t uncommon to find “no trespassing signs” in front of someone’s house or business. While Oklahoma does have a trespassing statute, it requires very specific elements that are rarely ever met.

4 Types of Criminal Pleas: What is the Difference?

4 Types of Criminal Pleas: What is the Difference?

Whenever you make the decision to plead on a case, there are more options than just “guilty” or “innocent.” You can also Blind Plea, plead no contest, and enter an Alford plea. Each type of plea is different, and may be a better fit for you and your case.

Unpacking McGirt V. Oklahoma: What It means today and the potential impacts no one is talking about

Unpacking McGirt V. Oklahoma: What It means today and the potential impacts no one is talking about

Supreme Court decisions often have ripple effects across other areas of the law. Few cases, however, promise to impact as many areas of the law as McGirt v. Oklahoma.

The U.S. Justice Department is building a massive warrantless database of your medication history

The U.S. Justice Department is building a massive warrantless database of your medication history

What if a complete stranger could know detailed information at any time about the prescription drugs you take to treat a health condition? Would you be embarrassed?

8 tech tools that protect you during police run-ins

8 tech tools that protect you during police run-ins

There’s no shortage of Hollywood-style technologies police have at their fingertips to enforce the law. They analyze public and private security video footage. They automatically scan passing license plates for outstanding traffic tickets. They observe crowds with facial recognition devices and use Big Data to target communities for more heightened police attention.

Retroactive Bill Could Free Hundreds Of Inmates Serving Sentences For Minor Drug Possession

Retroactive Bill Could Free Hundreds Of Inmates Serving Sentences For Minor Drug Possession

House Bill 1269 would require the re-sentencing of drug offenders convicted before State Question 780 went into effect on July 1, 2017. The bill would apply to inmates whose crimes were reclassified from felonies to misdemeanors by the referendum. There are around 1,300 Oklahomans currently incarcerated for simple drug possession.

OSBI to Enforce Laws Prohibiting Weapons for Marijuana Users

OSBI to Enforce Laws Prohibiting Weapons for Marijuana Users

The application window is open for a medical marijuana card or a business license. I’ve posted in the past about the potential repercussions for a card or license holder who also owns a gun or has a self-defense (concealed carry) permit. 788 has specific language that says a person who has a concealed carry permit cannot lose their license or be negatively affected merely because they also have a marijuana card. But, the Oklahoma government says otherwise.

788 passed. What do you do if caught with weed and you don’t have a medical marijuana card?

788 passed. What do you do if caught with weed and you don’t have a medical marijuana card?

788 passed and medical marijuana will be here before we know it (if the government will stop jamming us up). In the meantime, a person who is caught with 1.5oz or less of marijuana and can state a medical condition, but not in possession of a state-issued medical marijuana card, is only looking at up to a $400 fine if convicted.