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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Tax Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How do I report title jumping?

I traded a motorcycle for a truck and he never sent me a title. I found out the truck isn’t even in his name..

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Jessica Brown answered on Jul 16, 2021

I’d probably start by contacting the Attorney General’s office - specifically the consumer protection division. It might also be worth filing a police report for fraud and you could have a civil fraud claim against this person as well.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oklahoma on
Q: what do i do if my 16 year old leaves his fathers house?

My 16 year old left his dad and came to my house. His dad has been threatening to kick him out for at least 6 months. His dad has text me two different times about him coming to stay with me. I am more than willing and happy to have my son come live with me because I understand the living... Read more »

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Jessica Brown answered on Jul 16, 2021

It sounds like you might need an emergency motion to modify whatever underlying custody agreement / order is currently in place.

If no order is in place, then your kid can stay with either parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a minor raped an adult in the state of Oklahoma, is there legal action that can be taken?
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Jessica Brown answered on Jul 16, 2021

Yes - both criminally and maybe civilly.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oklahoma on
Q: What are my rights and responsibilities and actions I need to take if house isnt sound and landlord hasnt fixed the

Problem and it's been over a year.. and its affecting my energy costs

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Jessica Brown answered on Jul 16, 2021

That’s a big question. I’m not sure what the “house isn’t sound” means.

If you search the Oklahoma Bar Association’s website, they have detailed information about landlord tenant responsibilities. So does Legal Aid.

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a statute of limitations to filing charges on vpo?

I have police reports of the vpo but no charges were filed

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Jessica Brown answered on Jul 16, 2021

Not really. If you’re in danger or risk of imminent harm, you can file a VPO.

That said, if your abuser has left you alone for over 15 years and shows no sign of coming around, you could have court costs assessed against you.

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: How could I get an easy divorce being that he does have abandonment which has now been 15 yrs
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Jessica Brown answered on Jul 16, 2021

In Oklahoma, you could get a default divorce. If you’re in a bigger county, their law library might have resources or special free/low cost programs. Legal Aid’s website also has forms and helpful information.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it possible to sign my rights away to my out of control 16 year old?

He runs away constantly, has wrecked cars, is using drugs and alcohol, stolen cars, and violates curfew constantly. Dropped out of school and has been inpatient 5 times over last 7 months.

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Jessica Brown answered on Jul 16, 2021

Essentially, yes. You can basically turn your child over to the state through a deprived action. Your child would become a ward of the state, get services, and you could relinquish your parental rights. It’s a hard thing, but is an option.

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3 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What can I do to get my kids back in a domestic violence case?

DHS took my kids, I've done everything they have asked me to do and they are saying I'm not making progress at all, I've done everything they've assigned me to do and even changed my attitude and behavior and they are still looking at terminating my rights, they wont let me live... Read more »

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Jessica Brown answered on Jul 16, 2021

If you’re complying with your ISP by following all recommended services, it’s hard for me to imagine that DHS is recommending termination. At the end of the day, the ADA makes that determination if they’ll terminate or not. You have to work that plan though.

If you don’t have money...
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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: Does Oklahoma have jurisdiction over Arkansas when it comes to filing for a divorce that took place in Arkansas?

I got married in Arkansas on 8/13/2020 in Fort Smith Arkansas. The next following month I filed for an annulment in Wagoner, Oklahoma but my husband decided to challenge the Arkansas law and state that we are not married despite the license being filed in Arkansas and signed by a minister. The... Read more »

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Jessica Brown answered on May 6, 2021

That's curious. Actions for divorce or annulment can be brought in the State of Oklahoma when either the petitioner or the respondent has been a resident for 6 months. After establishing if the action can be filed in the State of Oklahoma, then you look at which county is appropriate. It can... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oklahoma on
Q: What is the punishment for Malicious destruction to property

There was an incident at my house where my bests friends aunt wouldnt leave and she backed into my friends car, they broke out her windows then she gunned it out my driveway I ended up on the hood till the end of driveway. The sheriff arrested 3 of us and we sat in jail from Friday till Tuesday... Read more »

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Jessica Brown answered on May 5, 2021

It sounds like a lot is going on there.

There can be civil remedies for destruction of property that you could, depending on the value of what this person damaged/destroyed, bring in Small Claims court. If it's more than $10,000.00, then you could file a CS or CJ action.

There...
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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it legal to drive my friends vehicle without him in the car if I'm not on the insurance?
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Jessica Brown answered on May 5, 2021

It's a different question if it's "legal" versus if it's covered by his insurance. It's "legal" as long as you have your friend's permission to drive their vehicle.

However, their insurance policy's terms would determine if you were a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oklahoma on
Q: I was injured on the property that I’m renting and they have a clause in their lease saying I can’t sue them

I had 3 stitches had to get a tetanus shot they told me to take it up with my renters insurance and said basically they aren’t doing anything or willing to give me anything my daughter has nightmares 3 days can I sue and how much can I ask for I am on a month to month lease was injured by a... Read more »

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Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

You should contact a "personal injury" attorney. I noticed that this was posted under Landlord/tenant inquiries and they wouldn't likely see it.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for Oklahoma on
Q: What can I legally do when some fails to keep their end of an agreement to stud contract?

We had an agreement and I have retained screenshots of the agreement made threw text and the person had 3 puppies total. Agreement was I get a puppy or the price for what the puppy sells for. She refuses to give me a puppy and has sold 2 already and refuses to give me the money

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Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

You can potentially sue her for breaching that agreement. It won't be cut and dry because it doesn't sound like there's a signed contract, but there are some potential theories of recovery available to you under what you've described.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Libel & Slander for Oklahoma on
Q: If someone was arrested for Domestic Violence, Kidnapping, Assault by Strangulation and making death threats and were

charged with those offenses, but the accuser willingly and voluntarily dropped all accusations and refused to press charges against said abuser. Can those same accusations be brought back up 3 years later as evidence used in obtaining an Emergency Order of Protection being granted? Or are those... Read more »

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Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

From what you've described, they can still be brought up. They're certainly not "void."

Victims don't have the choice about "pressing charges." Rather, that's the prosecutor's call. The victim can recant, fail to cooperate, etc. But it's the prosecution's choice whether to press charges or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oklahoma on
Q: I need help finding a way out of my lease and knowing if I have a chance at a case against the company I am renting fro

I just started this lease officially on April 17th and have only been able to stay a maximum of 4 days in the house due to back to back problems which also posed a hazard to my 10 month old son as well as myself and my unborn child.

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Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

There isn't enough information there to know where to start. However, the Oklahoma Bar Association has a very helpful page that provides answers to a lot of questions like this. Here's the link: https://www.okbar.org/freelegalinfo/tenant/

I wish you the best!

1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oklahoma on
Q: if i’m 17 and don’t feel safe at home and leave and not return what can my mother do? what if she calls the cops?
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Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

I'm sorry to hear you are in this position.

If you left, your parent(s) could call the police and DHS and try to force you to return. Depending on how close you are to 18, their response could be different.

I'm happy to talk with you about some options. I was previously an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My 15 yr old had sexual relations with a 18 tuned 19 in February 2021 Can he be charged with a crime?

Last night he sent a message to a 15 yr old asking her to have sex with him. I would love to see this person in jail. This is disgusting what he is doing & has done. I have heard from several teens this is not the first time he has been accused of sex crimes.. A 13 yr old came forward just... Read more »

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Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

In Oklahoma, the age of consent for minors is 16. That means it is illegal (because it can't be consented to due to age) for an 18-year-old to have sex with someone 15 or younger. That is called "statutory rape."

I'm sorry that you are in this position.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How can I sue for alienation of Affection? I have MANY witnesses that my marriage was great before other woman.

My husband has been talking to another woman on the phone. States they have not had sex but he wants a divorce because he is in love with her. Wants me to move out so she can move in our house.

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about that. It's such a tough position.

That cause of action, alienation of affection, was abolished in Oklahoma in 1976.

I wish you the best.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it res judicata if a petition for protective order is the same as one 3yrs before?

a protective order was dismissed in a protective order trial for insufficient evidence in 2013 in tulsa on its merits. In 2016 in creek county almost identical merits were made in the petition. Is that dealing with subject matter jurisdiction? Because the petition was granted in 2017 barring an... Read more »

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Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

You asked a lot of questions that would take quite a bit of time to explain. Putting it simply and reading between the lines some here, I'll say this...

VPOs under the Protection from Domestic Abuse Act in Oklahoma can be filed in the county where the domestic violence happened, where...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My Ex husband is getting demanding with questions about our 16 y/o a week before court. Am I legally bound to answer?

He is constantly texting and expecting an immediate answer, if I don't he accuses me of maliciously ruining their relationship or even neglect.

Jessica Brown
Jessica Brown answered on May 3, 2021

From what you've described, it does not sound like you have a legal obligation to answer his questions. This can get tricky depending on what the hearing is about.

I wish you the best.

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