Oklahoma City, OK asked in Criminal Law for Oklahoma

Q: I've wrnt in cleav. co. Ok for not chekn back to PO , payed 1nce on fines and did no comm. Serv. Happend 3yrs ago

I only reported in to p.o 1 time and payed on fine 1 time but have done zero community service. (Though I do volunteer at meals on wheels but feel it would be in poor taste to claim comm. service for my volunteer work) the law about meth possession has changed since my plea so if I turned myself in and passed a drug test, began paying my fines and began my comm. service would it be a a felony still and would i be held ? This is my first and only offense with the exception of a dui in the mid 90s. Which i was told was no longer on my record. What will happen to me I don't want a felony it will drastically reduce the quality of employment opportunities that are available to me.

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David A. Cincotta
David A. Cincotta
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: There is nothing wrong with counting the hours spent volunteering with meals-on-wheels as community service, as that is what community service is (volunteering your time for the betterment of the community). You will need proof of the hours you worked and I'm not certain whether meals-on-wheels is approved community service in the county.

The law did change and places limits on the Court's ability to accelerate a deferred sentence for the crime of simple possession. The limits in place do not necessarily make it clear that the accelerated sentence (conviction) are for a misdemeanor or felony. There is a lot to this that you do need to discuss with an attorney, but you should do so with an attorney you hire to represent you. You need specific advice from someone who will look at the allegations and the facts and counsel you on the best way to move forward.

If your only violations are only for not completing the requirements of your probation and do not include any new criminal activity, you may be able to avoid your sentence being accelerated.

Best of luck to you!

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