Tulsa Attorney BlogCategory: Criminal Law

135 Articles:
  • Bill Would Abolish the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals (Part 1)

    A bill in the 2018 Oklahoma legislature would let voters decide whether the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals should be abolished. Among 50 states, only Oklahoma and Texas have separate appeals courts for criminal and civil matters. Defense attorneys say the split has resulted in a prosecution friendly appeals court that is sometimes blithe indifference to its own precedents.

  • Will Move to Abolish the Oklahoma Criminal Appeals Succeed? (Part 2)

    A proposal to let voters decide the future of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals might face an uphill battle in the legislature. Oklahoma lawmakers have had a chilly relationship with the Oklahoma’s other appeals court, which could take on the work of the criminal appeals court if voters approved the measure.

  • Researchers Say Police Interrogation Technique Elicits False Confessions

    Until recently, nearly every police agency in the nation relied on an interrogation practice called the “Reid Method.” This harsh method aims to squeeze confessions from suspects through stress, fatigue, intimidation and sympathy. A recent research paper by a University of Virginia Law student suggests the Reid Method is highly likely to elicit false confessions. […]

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome Relies on Shaky Science

    Recent research that reviewed thousands of child abuse cases where shaken baby syndrome was alleged revealed there is virtually no reason to presume abusive head trauma was to blame when no evidence beyond an infant’s symptoms or brain injuries were present.

  • Swedish Firm Operates Cameras Enforcing Oklahoma Driving Without Insurance Law

    Cameras to enforce Oklahoma compulsory insurance laws headed to Tulsa. The semi-automated system is likely to result in systematic wrongful prosecutions. District Attorneys, who stand to gain $20 million a year for operation of the program, have little incentive to curtail wrongful prosecution or arrest of otherwise insured drivers.

  • Robotic Uninsured Driver Enforcement Could Automate Wrongful Prosecution

    A police officer’s desktop review of images taken by roadside cameras and information stored in state databases is enough to arrest drivers suspected of driving without insurance in Oklahoma. The newly approved system threatens to automate wrongful prosecution by District Attorneys who have a financial incentive to allow systematic mistakes.

  • Sweeping 2017 Oklahoma DUI Law Overturned

    The Oklahoma Supreme Court has overturned a sweeping 2017 DUI law for due-process flaws and for violating constitutional single-subject requirements. The entire law was set aside before it even took effect. The decision means ongoing uncertainty for thousands of drivers accused of DUI – and police enforcing DUI laws – with regard to the procedure for contesting drivers license revocations after DUI arrests.

  • State Ordered to Pay Attorneys Fees in Illegal Drivers License Revocation

    In a precedent-setting case, the Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety was ordered to pay attorney fees after the agency twice illegally revoked a mans drivers license.

  • Okmulgee District Attorney Wants Judge Disqualified

    The Okmulgee County District Attorney is seeking the disqualification of an Okmulgee judge after the judge on four occasions over four years ruled that police officers lied or embellished facts during testimony. The DA’s Motion to Disqualify does not dispute the judge’s rulings, but claims they could represent a bias against law enforcement.

  • Wirth Law Office Expungement Attorney in the Tulsa World

    Tulsa expungement attorney James Wirth sponsored a full-page ad in the Jan. 29, 2017 Tulsa World to explain the benefits of sealing court records in view of recent changes in Oklahoma expungement law.