I went to court unrepresented, the judge was upset with that and locked me up. I do not recall any formal reason from him other than that. I stayed in jail for two weeks just to qualify for public representation. I wasn't given forms to file for one until the district attorney was called and... Read more »
most judges are reasonable and quite tolerant in terms of giving you time to secure private counsel to represent you if you bond out of jail. I suspect the judge gave you more than one chance to show up with an attorney and you were either unable to secure one you could afford or you refused to do...Read more »
Not enough information to know what exactly could occur in terms of an offer of punishment or plea bargain. You need to hire an attorney immediately. If you are indigent (can't afford a private attorney) then you can complete a pauper’s affidavit and seek a free attorney to represent you.
There are a lot of different variables that could affect the path your case tales. With no prior convictions you’re much more likely to have a very favorable resolution that you have had previous runnings with law-enforcement or juvenile authorities. . You need to consult a criminal defense...Read more »
Consult/ hire a seasoned trial attorney. Typically when you promise to judge you will follow the rules and stay out of trouble, and something like this arises...you can expect some meaningful problems. Sounds like there were witnesses to the event. What will they say? Who was the first aggressor?...Read more »
Most attorneys that will respond to this question will, understandably, want your business first and foremost. Here’s the truth. To quantify percentages of people who go to prison on the first offense it probably sounds like somewhere around less than 1%. But when you break it down, there are...Read more »
Unfortunately you need to provide some additional information for a reliable response. Are you a defendant (doesn’t sound like it)? Or are you a victim or other witness (sounds more probable)? Cases get dismissed when witnesses fail, or refuse, to testify. They can be passed or continued at the...Read more »
I was arrested and convicted of a felony 15 yrs ago. The charges were later reversed and dropped on appeal. A few yrs ago, I received a complete expungement. If I got arrested today, would the police or d.a automatically find the expunged charge, or would they have to search deeper and for a... Read more »
It’s difficult to answer that question without additional information from your case. We would need to know the specific charge, the manner in which it was disposed of, whether it was a felony or misdemeanor, things like that. Some expungements go very deep and can get rid of the arrest record...Read more »
In 2015 I was arrested for DUI. I failed to pay my fines or show up to court. In 2017 I was arrested for driving on a suspended license. I was ordered to pay fines, check in with probation, and have alcohol assessments done. I did do the assessments, but failed to do everything else and did not... Read more »
Many attorneys handle DUI cases and your licensing issues at the same time for the same price. If you want to go the cheap route and not have to retain an attorney you can simply go to any Department of Public safety office early in the morning when they open and sit down with a hearing officer....Read more »
Yes, they can be used in a variety of ways for a variety of crimes. They can be used to enhance a punishment far beyond the recited punishment range in the statute. It just depends on the type of previous conviction and the type of new charge for wwhich you were arrested. Once you hire an attorney...Read more »
Do you HAVE to take a deferred??? Well, no. You certainly don’t HAVE to. But let’s think about this. If you’ve been arrested for a crime by a police officer or some other law enforcement official, that individual was under the impression that you had committed a crime, violated a law (maybe...Read more »
You certainly didn’t have to wait 10 years to seek reinstatement of your license. It depends on whether you took and failed a breath test or refused or if it was drugs and blood test issues, but in either situation you should’ve had your license back many years ago if you had sought that...Read more »
When the state of Oklahoma dismisses the case and asks that the defendant pay the costs, they can issue a warrant for failure to pay. You should consult an attorney and make sure that all you need to do is pay those court costs and the warrant will go away.
This is a crime that, if mishandled, could result in you taking a conviction for a crime that involves dishonesty or false statement. It will close many doors for you in terms of future employment opportunities and will be discovered by many other entities doing background searches. They are likely...Read more »
Learned counsel is correct. The first question I ask prospective clients in these types of cases is “who else was present when you and the alleged defendant had this interaction that has been characterized by the police as an assault and battery?” When it’s just the two parties (you and your...Read more »
Ask yourself this, do you really want your children to grow up knowing their father tried to file a felony charge against mommy? There are numerous other grown up ways in which to handle this problem. Contact your divorce attorney, ask then to enforce the divorce decree provisions regarding custody...Read more »
It would all depend upon what is contained on in the Rules and Conditions of Probation that you signed in your criminal case along with whether you are involved in and being ordered to follow an ISP or some type of parenting plan through DHS (or CPS). Call your attorney and ask.
You haven't given us enough information to answer the question, I'm afraid.
Anytime you file a motion to quash or to suppress evidence in a criminal case each side has time to respond and to present evidence (typically at a Preliminary Hearing or District Court Arraignment in felony cases)....Read more »
As a general rule, there are rarely restrictions prohibiting your traveling outside the state during a felony or misdemeanor probation (outside of the standard requirement that you give written and/or oral notification to your probation officer as required by the Rules and Conditions of Probation...Read more »
The state of Oklahoma will often assume that all occupants are in possession of whatever illegal contents are found after the search of a car in which they are riding during a traffic stop. They routinely charge multiple occupants in such situations with possession of the same contraband. The good...Read more »
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