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July 1st Brings New Oklahoma Drug Laws
Adam Banner - Saturday, July 01, 2017

What are the new Oklahoma drug laws which go into effect July 1, 2017? Who do they apply to? Read on for more information. Read More

What is a Criminal Appeal?
Adam Banner - Wednesday, March 08, 2017

What options are available after you or a loved one is convicted of a crime in Oklahoma? While most have heard the buzzwords, few outside the legal community (and few within it) know the specifics of actions such as a direct appeal, post conviction relief, and federal Habeas Corpus. Here is a primer for anyone interested in potential collateral attacks on a criminal conviction.
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Aggravated Trafficking in Illegal Drugs Charge Dismissed
Adam Banner - Monday, January 30, 2017

We were able to end this month with a great result for one of our clients. We secured a dismissal of our client's Aggravated Trafficking in Controlled Dangerous Substance charge which we had been fighting for almost a year and a half. Why is that something to celebrate? Well, aside from the obvious, let me explain the nature of an Aggravated Trafficking charge in a little more detail so you have a little background.
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New Oklahoma Law Gives District Attorneys Discretion in Filing Felonies as Misdemeanors
Adam Banner - Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Oklahoma legislature passed a number of criminal justice reform bills which were subsequently signed into law last spring by Governor Mary Fallin. Many of the laws became effective on November 1 of this year. Read More

New Expungement Law to Offer Faster Relief
Adam Banner - Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A new Oklahoma law that reduces the waiting period before getting an expungement will take effect November 1, 2016. The new expungement law means, among other things, that those who have been convicted or received a deferred sentence for certain misdemeanors and non-violent felonies will be able to have their records sealed much more quickly than they would under the existing law. Read More

New Amendment Changes Oklahoma Definition of Violent Crime
Adam Banner - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

In June, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a number of bills that passed the state legislature and will take effect in November. Among those is Senate Bill 412, which significantly expands the number of criminal offenses included as "violent crimes." The distinction between violent offenses and nonviolent offenses is important, because those convicted of violent crimes are more likely to serve mandatory minimum sentences (as in "85 Percent Crimes"), may be more likely to have to register as a violent offender pursuant to the Mary Rippy Violent Crime Offenders Registration Act, and are far less likely to become eligible for record expungement. Read More

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Lethal Injection Protocol
Adam Banner - Monday, January 26, 2015

The decision came too late to save Charles Warner. On January 15, Warner was executed by lethal injection on Oklahoma's death row after the United States Supreme Court refused to grant a stay of execution. The Supreme Court said that it would not review whether or not the use of a particular drug used in a lethal injection protocol for the execution of inmates was a violation of the Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment. Read More

New Year's Eve and DUI: What You Need to Know
Adam Banner - Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On almost every major holiday, or in the days surrounding it, there seems to be an increase in the number of impaired drivers on Oklahoma roads. Law enforcement agencies know that many people celebrate these holidays at parties and get-togethers where alcohol is consumed--often in large quantities. Because of this, local police, county sheriff's offices, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol take measures to get impaired drivers off the streets. They publicly announce that they will be increasing patrols--known as saturation patrols--looking for impaired drivers, and they announce that there will be sobriety checkpoints around the city, although they do not typically divulge where these DUI roadblocks will be located. Read More

5 Things You Need to Know about Oklahoma DUI Laws
Adam Banner - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

With the holiday season quickly approaching (hell, its basically already here), right now seems as good of time as any for a quick review of Oklahoma DUI laws.  Read More

10th Circuit Court Finds that Anonymous Witnesses Do Not Violate Confrontation Clause
Adam Banner - Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution guarantees a number of rights of utmost importance to defendants in criminal cases: Read More


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