When named as a defendant in a pending criminal case, seeking legal representation as soon as possible - regardless of the alleged crime or presiding court - is your best course of action.
If you’ve been charged with a criminal case in any of Oklahoma’s 77 counties, you need an attorney who not only has the experience and fortitude to fight unjust charges and sentencing, but also has the time to fully understand your circumstance.
Some criminal cases require immediate action (within 15 days of arrest) or certain procedural rights are denied.
Being arrested is a stressful experience.
Regardless of the charge, we believe clients need answers and guidance as quickly as possible, especially because the arrest experience is unfamiliar to most.
We expect you will have questions and will need someone immediately working on your case, which is why we offer prompt, complimentary consultations. If the court schedule allows, an attorney will do their best to meet with you the same day to discuss the facts and circumstances of your case.
We believe the best defense is tailored to the client’s specific facts and desired objectives.
At our first meeting:
We will discuss the charges, the facts of your case, and possible outcomes based on your objectives.
Our attorneys will take the time to understand the unique circumstances of your case and explain all possible outcomes.
We will determine the objective for your case.
With that objective in mind, our lawyers will negotiate with the prosecutor, gather evidence, and preserve your rights. In the event negotiations fail, the case will be prepared for trial.
We take pride in our work and our clients — we truly care about those who entrust us with representing their interests — and we believe in treating you and your family with respect, providing professional and personal services, and communication is essential to obtaining our case objectives.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to hire an attorney if I plan on pleading guilty?
Some criminal cases in Oklahoma are “enhanceable,” meaning a plea of guilty on this case could be used to enhance a case in the future. For example, a first time DUI is usually a misdemeanor, however, a second DUI can be filed as a felony. Most courts will not allow you to represent yourself on an enhanceable crime because they want you to be fully advised of the consequences of that plea. We offer free 30 minute consultations to discuss whether you need an attorney in a criminal case.
Is there a difference between probation and parole?
Yes. Probation can be part of a plea agreement and can occur in lieu of going into custody/doing jail time. Parole is similar to probation in regards to the requirements, but parole only occurs after you have been sentenced to time in the custody of the Department of Corrections.
When I am arrested, should I speak with a police officer?
No. When they say “anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law,” they mean it. Any admittance of guilt can and will be used against you. Any inconsistent statements can and will be used against you.
Is there a difference between a felony and misdemeanor charge?
Felonies are considered to be more severe than misdemeanors and have harsher punishments. Misdemeanors are punishable under the law for a maximum of one (1) year in the county jail. Felonies range in punishment up to life in prison.
What is the difference between a dismissal and an expungement?
A dismissal means the prosecutor no longer intends to prosecute the case, but it will stay on your criminal record and be viewable for background checks. An expungement can delete the case, the arrest, and the plea from your criminal record so that it does not show up in a background check.
Will my case go to trial?
There are three ways to end a criminal case: the first is that the case is dismissed by the prosecutor; the second is the defendant enters a plea of guilty or no contest and takes a plea bargain; the the third is to take the case to trial and let a jury decide. When you meet with one of our attorneys for a free 30 minute consultation, one of the issues that will be discussed is your goal for the outcome of the case. Some clients choose to work out a plea agreement with the prosecutor, some maintain their innocence and want to proceed to trial. Each case has a unique set of facts and legal issues.