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What is a "Violent" Crime or Offense in Oklahoma?
Adam Banner - Saturday, January 14, 2017

I cannot count the times a current or potential client has been misinformed on the nature of "violent" crimes and offenses in Oklahoma. Most of this stems from false information regarding the applicable laws or ingnorance induced by an attempt to apply common sense in a nonsensical area of the law. I am often asked questions such as "what crimes are considered violent?" and "is there a list of violent crimes?" among other inquires. Hopefully the following will help clear up some commonly held misonceptions about violent crime charges in Oklahoma and their potential repercussions. Read More

Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon: Dismissed
Adam Banner - Saturday, April 02, 2016

Last week, we were able to get a change of assault and battery with a deadly weapon charge dismissed. The week before that we were able to get a jury acquittal on a charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. So, what is the difference between the two? Read More

Will Consequences Ever Catch up with the Affluenza Teen?
Adam Banner - Saturday, March 26, 2016

For most people, it was an unthinkable case of "poor little rich kid." Ethan Couch was only 16 years old when he caused a drunk driving accident that killed four people and left another teen severely injured. Facing four counts of manslaughter, Couch could have been sentenced to years in prison. However, his defense team argued that the teen was essentially too spoiled to understand that actions have consequences. He suffered from "affluenza." He was too rich, too entitled to understand the rules of life. Read More

Do Viral Videos of Police Brutality Cause Violent Crime?
Adam Banner - Saturday, October 31, 2015

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech earlier this month at the University of Chicago College of Law, in which he addressed the crisis of violent crime and a spike in violent crime rates in major cities around the nation. 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

Oklahoma Athletes Under Suspicion
Adam Banner - Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Often, it seems like sports and crime go hand in hand--especially football and violent crime. The statistics do not support this theory, with the NFL having an arrest rate below that of the general population, and with the NBA being the only major professional sports league to have a higher arrest rate than the general public. Still, headlines love athletes, and when a professional athlete or even a college athlete from a big-name university is accused of wrongdoing, it quickly becomes trending news. Read More

First Degree Burglary Charges Dismissed
Adam Banner - Wednesday, July 09, 2014

We were able to secure another dismissal for a satisfied client charged with first degree burglary in Canadian County. Read More

Death Penalty Drugs Debate
Adam Banner - Thursday, March 06, 2014

As states scramble to decide the best course of action for dealing with the national shortage of death penalty drugs, Louisiana has taken a somewhat sensible position: the state has postponed the execution of one of its inmates in order to review the constitutionality of its new proposed poison – I mean “protocol.”  Read More

Oklahoma Looks to Tackle the "Knockout Game"
Adam Banner - Tuesday, December 03, 2013

In recent weeks, the “knockout game” has besieged headlines across the nation as a violent and dangerous “game” that is injuring unsuspecting victims in major metropolitan areas across the United States. Read More

Oklahoma Assault and Domestic Assault Laws
Adam Banner - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

There is more than one way to skin a cat, or so they say, and when it comes to Oklahoma’s assault laws, there are virtually endless ways to criminally threaten or injure another person. Read More


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