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  • An Oklahoma Debtors Prison: Tulsa Jail Overcrowded by Indebted Inmates

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    The Tulsa County jail is growing dangerously overcrowded. The facility has exceeded its official capacity for the past eight months. According to a report this month in the Tulsa World, the jail’s population could soon exceed official capacity by nearly 20 percent: 300 more than the 1,700 inmates the jail is designed to hold. What […]

  • In The News: Tulsa Identity Theft Lawyer Interview

    Ashlie King’s talk with Tulsa identity theft attorney James Wirth didn’t make the 10:30 p.m. Newson6 broadcast. CNN explains why: “The showdown was one for the ages, with a dazzling array of airborne theatrics, jaw-dropping dunks and 3-pointers from well behind the line.” The Louisville Cardinals prevailed over the Michigan Wolverines, 82-76, to clinch the […]

  • What is a Tulsa Criminal Justice Lawyer

    You might be surprised how much time some Tulsa criminal justice lawyers spend freely answering people’s questions about law. For some of us, it’s a way to let prospective clients get to know us before they retain us as their criminal defense lawyer. Many who approach us with questions are encountering the criminal justice system […]

  • In the News: Tulsa Attorney Interviewed about Identity Theft

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    News On 6 reporter Ashlei King stopped by Wirth Law Office today to talk with Tulsa attorney James Wirth about identity theft.  Mr. Wirth had recently handled a case in which a person was wrongly accused of a crime after their identity was stolen. King was covering a story in which Tulsa County sheriff’s office […]

  • Avoiding Wrongful Convictions in Oklahoma: Stopping False Confessions

    The Problem With False Confessions If the police suspect you of a crime, don’t expect them to help you. The police are in the business of putting the bad guys in jail. But, what happens when an innocent person has been marked as “the bad guy?” It is here where knowing your rights and knowing […]

  • Avoiding Wrongful Convictions in Oklahoma: Eyewitness Identification

    After studying the currently known list of wrongful convictions in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Justice Commission has made recommendations to help prevent further wrongful convictions. One of these areas of view, and the topic for today, is Eyewitness Identification. What’s in a Lineup? Before we can begin to discuss the recommendations of the Commission, first, we […]

  • Justice Commission Targets Wrongful Convictions in Oklahoma

    A commission charged by the Oklahoma Bar Association to find ways to improve reliability of criminal convictions has returned some advice for state officials. The panel identified a long list of reforms that could reduce the frequency of wrongful convictions in Oklahoma. Led by former state Attorney General Drew Edmondson the commission reviewed how false […]

  • In Oklahoma, Excessive Force Banned as Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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    You might think it’s a well-established principle of modern law. Jailers can’t beat prisoners. Yet when jailers exert excessive force in Oklahoma, it can be difficult for the victim to recover damages. The Oklahoma Supreme Court this week stood up for the rights of citizens not to be abused in jail. The decision handed down […]

  • In Contempt of Court Case, An Apology Can Make A Difference

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    A young Florida woman facing 30 days in jail on felony contempt of court charges salvaged her reputation when she tearfully apologized to a Maimi judge. The judge had ordered the woman to serve 30 days after she cursed and made an obscene gesture in his courtroom. Upon hearing her apology, the judge dropped the […]

  • Courtroom Etiquette 101: Don’t Flip Off the Judge

    A Miami, Florida teen sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt of court provided a text-book example of how a defendant’s indifference to courtroom etiquette can cause substantial harm to their case. It’s yet another example why defendants do best to have a criminal defense attorney represent them in courtroom procedures. The 18-year-old defendant […]

  • The Dangers of Being Unrepresented: True Story

    Abraham Lincoln had it right when he stated, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”  Maybe the term “fool” is a bit harsh, but pro se litigants (representing themselves) almost always lack an understanding of court procedure and generally lack an understanding of the law, which can have devastating consequences in their […]

  • Benefits of Just Having an Attorney

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    Some times just the fact that you have an attorney can make a positive difference in your case.  This was the case in an unemployment appeal that I recently handled.  I was representing a woman let go from her position at a local university.  My client filed for unemployment and the human resources representative for […]

  • Right to Attorney Reinforced in 10th Circuit

    Shocked by an unexpected arrest, you assert your right to have an attorney represent you and remain silent. You show a police officer a card that says you don’t want to answer any questions until you talk with an attorney. The card is addressed to police, and bears the name of an attorney. Nonetheless, police […]

  • Workers Comp Drug Test Mandate Fails Appellate Review

    You were hurt on the job by no fault of your own. The employer’s workers compensation company demands that you take a drug test. It comes up positive for marijuana. Citing a 2011 Oklahoma law, the employer refused to pay medical costs. The 2011 law appeared to create a “zero tolerance” policy for injured Oklahoma […]

  • Oklahoma Parole Board Wins Its Own Release

    A Constitutional amendment voters approved in November will soon make it easier for thousands of Oklahomans living behind prison walls to be released on parole for non-violent offenses. At the same time, the Oklahoma parole board got a little more freedom, too. Starting in January, the governor will no longer be allowed to second-guess Oklahoma […]

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