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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: Concerning a safe working environment free of being bullied

A fellow employee is always making my job harder, by blocking pathways, he has spit in my drink, I've reported it to my employer and it continues to happen, and HR has been told as well.

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answered on Nov 24, 2023

In your situation, where you're facing ongoing bullying and harassment at work, it's important to know that you have rights to a safe and respectful workplace. The behavior you've described, especially spitting in your drink, is not only unprofessional but could also be considered a... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Elder Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a homeowner request double application fees then deny because I have to many children?

I had an owner deny me for a rental after I paid for an application fee on 2 different platforms. Zillow then Hotpads. I received a call the day before move in that I had too many children for the 3 bedroom and refused to contact the landlord for verification on one of my evictions to clarity and... View More

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answered on Oct 23, 2023

In Oklahoma, as in many states, landlords are prohibited from discriminating against prospective tenants on the basis of familial status, which includes the presence of children, under both federal and state fair housing laws. Denying a rental application on the basis that you have "too many... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my son throw me out of the house I've lived at fir 22 years with my mother if she left him the house after she passe
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answered on Oct 15, 2023

If your mother left the house to your son in her will or trust, he would become the legal owner upon the appropriate legal proceedings confirming the transfer. However, given that you've resided in the house for 22 years, you might have certain rights or claims. These could be based on... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Health Care Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Who is in charge or human rights and health regulations while being held in Oklahoma county jails. the jails need help
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answered on Sep 24, 2023

In Oklahoma, county jails are under the jurisdiction of the respective county's sheriff's department. Human rights and health regulations in these facilities are subject to both state laws and federal laws, such as the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. If there are concerns... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Civil Rights and Municipal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a city that charges sales tax for emergency services also make a mandatory subscription service for ambulance servic

On July 17, 2023, Broken Arrow City Council adopted Ordinance No. 3794 which removed the opt-out provision for participation in the LifeRide emergency medical services program and made the fee mandatory for all utility customers of the City of Broken Arrow. During fiscal year 2017, when... View More

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answered on Sep 14, 2023

In many jurisdictions, cities have the authority to charge fees for specific services, including emergency medical services like ambulance rides. The decision to make the fee mandatory for utility customers is typically within the purview of the city council or local government, subject to... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Social Security and Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it unconstitutional to insist that old age job seekers divulge "disabilities" they might have had when younger?

Old people in America have certain Constitutional protections such as the right not to be discriminated against in job seeking, so agencies exist in every State for such purposes. But to insist on potential clients divulging "disabilities" that might not exist or might have in fact been... View More

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answered on Aug 14, 2023

Requiring job seekers to disclose disabilities they may have had when younger could potentially raise concerns under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other anti-discrimination laws. The ADA prohibits discrimination based on disability, and it includes provisions related to both current... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: The country is trying to take my home for property taxes

My parents left everything to me in their will. I understand that this is illegal .

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Jun 15, 2023

Property taxes are still due regardless of how you obtained the property. Therefore the county can do that. The part that is not allowed is 'income tax' on the value of the property. It cannot be shown as income against you, assuming other factors do not apply, but since you are asking... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Child Custody, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: Is the statue for interrupting a 911 call beyond a reasonable doubt to be found guilty or other form?

Witness to testify it did not happen.

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on May 1, 2023

Before a defendant can be sentenced to any period of incarceration, pursuant to a criminal statute or ordinance, each and every element of that crime must be proved to a trier of fact (meaning a judge or jury) by the standard “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

This concept involving how...
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1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Business Law and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a website, book, or other source accessible to the public where I can read all of the Oklahoma Laws?

I ask in order to know laws that do/ do not apply to me.

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answered on Oct 25, 2022

There are a few. The Oklahoma Judicial Branch has a website that has all of the Oklahoma Statutes, Constitution, Session Laws, and more. Go to www.oscn.net and click the link for "Legal Research" and then click on "statutes" or "Oklahoma Statutes Citationized" From... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Gov & Administrative Law and Criminal Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I need a civil rights attorney in the state of Oklahoma for a district court case against a municipality.

Attorney proficient in Constitutional civil rights matters

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Aug 14, 2023

An Oklahoma attorney could probably advise best, but your question remains open for a week. It's difficult for attorneys here on this site to respond with offers of their services. This forum isn't set up like an attorney referral service - it's basically brief format Q & A. If... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Communications Law, Juvenile Law and Native American Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a facility deny family members from visiting juvenile in a inpatient facility without answering the question "Why?"

The facility just hangs up the phone with no explanation. The child is denied phone calls and visitation. There is no explanation. Can a facility do this?

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answered on Jul 10, 2023

Facilities typically have guidelines for visitation and phone calls, but reasonable access should generally be allowed for family members unless there are safety or legal concerns. If you're experiencing difficulties, it's advisable to contact the facility's administration or seek... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: oklahoma dhs is trying to serve me,there was a letter on my bf door when he got home,should i go pick up the paperwork ?

I haven't been serve yet,however I have called spoke w/the sheriff office asking what was this matter of the deputy told me i had until Friday to pick up the paperwork......what should i do?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on May 5, 2023

Get the paperwork. You simply refusing it will only make things more complicated in the long run.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: In the state of Oklahoma, can an employer go through your bag without consent?

A previous employer of a friends went through her Fanny pack without consent, lied about how they found/saw what was in the bag and then fired her for something completely different and basically without cause. There’s video evidence of her boss going into her bag without consent multiple times... View More

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Jan 10, 2023

This is a complicated matter, because with employer rights they can have policies in place that would allow a search of belongings (for specific purposes), however, there is also an expectation of privacy that has to be protected. You should contact an attorney so they can fully review all the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: My girlfriend's mother made false accusations to the DHS about me and I been cleared. Can I sue her for slander?

The DHS have taken the kids from the home and gave them to my girlfriend's mom.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Dec 28, 2022

DHS reporting is confidential and anonymous. Therefore any blatantly false allegations can only be prosecuted by DHS.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: How can a person signal before a stop sign when they don't know what direction they intend to go before stopping to look

Officer stated at beginning of his report that due to reports he had read about me, he stopped me using the excuse that I didn't signal WITHN100' of stop sign. States I DID USE blinker at both stops! He illegally profiled me, stopped,detained, searched and arrested me for misdemeanor... View More

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Jun 22, 2022

Due to your case specifics and the uniqueness of your case, your issue cannot be resolved in this forum - you should contact a criminal law attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: Is my case able to be dismissed?

I have had no criminal record until recently and im being charged with larceny of merchandise from retailer in the amount of $19.97. I switched a clearance sticker on 2 items. And Resisting an officer by jerking away after he startled me upon reentering the room angrily as where when he left he... View More

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on Jun 20, 2022

If you have had no previous criminal arrests or convictions then a misdemeanor arrest for crimes such as these are routinely handled with the end result being a dismissal after a period of probation (Assuming you’re guilty or your attorney can’t get the case dismissed).

As far as the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I post a picture of my husband and his truck on social media

My perfect husband was identified picking up a prostitute on South side of okc so I took a picture of him and his truck with the caption I WAS BUSTEX PICKING UP A NASTY DIRTY XX AND I DIDNT CARE THAT THEY MAY HAVE MANY diseases so if you **** or xx me please message me cuz my wife has the right to... View More

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Jun 20, 2022

Short answer is people post many things on social media - often before thinking about the long-term effect. Can you and should you are not necessarily equal partners. As with almost every lawyer, the advice is do not post it. Seek counseling for you both, and if that fails then dissolution can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Internet Law and Juvenile Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can A 14 Year Old Make A Statement On The Stand?

Hi, I was wondering if my 14 year old sister could go up to the stand and make a statement. She wants to clarify the situation since our parent(s) are completely over-dramatizing the situation (according to her) .... She feels as if it's our parents are against the defendant (19) and she... View More

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on Jun 1, 2022

As a general rule age is usually not a bar two ones ability to testify as a witness in a courtroom as long as they have the capacity to testify truthfully and their testimony could assist the trier of fact (Jury or Judge). However, the attorneys on each side could have something to say about it. I... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: I was pulled over for speeding place in cuffs and was being detain my passenger has a register firearm under my seat

Not in plain sight no search Warrant or consent of search of car I’m the driver can I be charged with felony afterforeman

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on May 30, 2022

As you are aware, as a convicted felon (or an adjudicated delinquent) you are not allowed to have any firearms in your house, in your car, or on your person. They’re going to use what’s for referred to as a reasonable person standard in most cases.

We simply need more facts to provide...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Rights for Oklahoma on
Q: Non-Violent Felony changed to Violent felony. Am I still Non-Violent?

Good afternoon,

I was researching some changing gun laws in my state. Upon doing so, I noticed the felony I was convicted of was changed to a “violent felony” six years after I plead to the crime. I’m wondering if I am now considered a violent felon or an

I still protected... View More

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answered on Apr 28, 2022

If you are looking at other laws that specify crimes that impact eligibility or prohibited conduct and you are trying to determine if you are eligible or prohibited from said conduct based on a prior conviction, most of the time it will not matter what the law was at the time of your conviction;... View More

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