Criminal Liability for Invasion of Privacy Smartphones may have changed our lives for the better in many ways, but these devices have created new problems as well. Today, most people have a combined camera and communications device with them in their bedrooms at all times. It has become quite popular for people to take intimate […]
Oklahoma’s decades old distinction as incarcerating more women per capita than any state in the US hurts families, a Human Rights Watch report says. Oklahoma criminal justice reforms are likely to stop an increase in Oklahoma prison population but might not roll back the results of decades of mass incarceration driven by severe sentencing, merciless prosecution and probation plans that keep defendants returning to jail.
What is Sexual Communication With a Minor? Sexual communication with a minor — even about lawful sexual conduct involving a teenaged minor — is a felony in Oklahoma. Illegal sexual communication with a minor can take place in a number of ways, all involving communications technology. Unlawful sexual communication can occur online, by phone using […]
You Have a Right to an Attorney — Use it! To be charged with a sex crime can trigger some of the most abject dispair any criminal defendant may face. Fear can cloud critical thinking at the very time crystal-clear reasoning is required to navigate a potentially life-changing situation. It is not a situation to […]
Who Must Register as a Sex Offender in Oklahoma? Oklahoma law requires that any person convicted of a sex crime must register with the Oklahoma Sex and Violent Offender Registry if they live, work or go to school within Oklahoma. This registry tracks the whereabouts of sex offenders and makes this information available to the […]
Tulsa criminal attorney James M. Wirth told KJRH Channel 2 that colleges and universities that prohibit marijuana on campus after medical marijuana was legalized usually do so because they receive federal funds, campus policies often reflect federal mandates. Under federal law, marijuana remains illegal, and schools risk loss of federal money if their policies accommodated medical marijuana.
Changes in Okalahoma sentencing laws for drug crimes and non-violent property crimes have created a favorable environment for those who submit an application to commute sentence to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board. While far more commutations in Oklahoma are denied than are passed, recently reduced penalties that make prior penalties seem excessive are among the reasons board members have approved a growing number of applications to commute sentences in recent years.
Oklahoma ranks seventh in the nation for wrongful convictions since 1993. A commentator alludes to Wild West justice where attitudes toward life and liberty reflect a lackadaisical mindset. But why did a nationally recognized political commentator decide to spotlight the 7th ranked state for wrongful convictions now?
Oklahoma Supreme Court Alleges “Oppression in Office” Whispered complaints about a Washington County judge’s misconduct toward defendants and attorneys appearing in his court have swirled for months. Now, things are spilling into the light. Washington County District Judge Curtis DeLapp has been notified of a proposed temporary suspension by the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary’s […]
Federal law prohibits opening mail without the recipients permission, but law enforcement agencies use a variety of methods to find out what goes through the mail. Sometimes, police seek a warrant but they can ask the post office to record all letters sent to an address with no warrant. On at least one occassion, investigators illegally opened packages to find out if there was anything inside work seeking a warrant about.