Blog & Resources

Is a Deferred Sentence a Conviction in Oklahoma?

In Oklahoma, you can receive two kinds of probation: a deferred sentence or suspended sentence. The two are often confused, but have very different implications.


What is an Application to Accelerate?

If you have had an application to accelerate (often referred to generally as an “app”) filed in your case, you are probably wondering what that means.


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 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.


How Criminal Cases Work: From Arrest To Trial

Dealing with a criminal charge can be scary and confusing. Once you have been arrested, what happens next? When do I need to hire a lawyer? And when will I know what my charges are?


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?

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

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

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?


Police in Oklahoma are using algorithms to predict your behavior

If Oklahoma police pulled you over in recent years, it may not be because you’re a bad driver. Or maybe you’ve noticed more police cars in your neighborhood. That may not be because more crimes are occurring. Police in your community could be using big data tools to identify “hot spots” and predict crime before it occurs.


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.


Recreational cannabis in Oklahoma is dead - for now

Organizers of a campaign in Oklahoma to legalize marijuana for adult use have abandoned the effort after concluding there was no time to gather the necessary signatures.


I was arrested when I was in Law School. It shaped my entire legal career.

Like most of my clients, I’ve been arrested. It was a scary, confusing, unjust experience that shaped my legal career. Here is my story.


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.


Supreme Court Significantly Limits Civil Forfeiture In Unanimous Decision

The US Supreme Court has applied the 8th Amendment to states and prohibits excessive fines and restricts civil forfeitures:


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 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.