What Are Potential Future Changes To Theft Laws In Oklahoma?

Some Oklahoma legislators wanted to continue with the criminal justice reforms started by HB 2751 and SQ 780. However, the bill to increase the felony threshold on more property crimes was held up by opponents of criminal justice reform in 2017. HB 2281 would have changed the following statutes:

  • 21 O.S. § 1416 – Delivery of Merchandise for Which Bill of Lading Issued – Exception
  • 21 O.S. § 1451 – Embezzlement (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 21 O.S. § 1532 – False Personation – Receiving Money or Property Intended for Another
  • 21 O.S. § 1541.2 – Penalty – Value of Property, Money, or Valuable Thing (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 21 O.S. § 1541.3 – False or Bogus Checks, Drafts, or Orders – Penalty (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 21 O.S. § 1577 – Sale, Delivery or Receipt of Forged Notes or Instruments – Aggregation of Offenses Due to Formulation of Plan (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 21 O.S. § 1578 – Possession of Forged Notes or Instruments – Aggregation of Offenses Due to Formulation of Plan (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 21 O.S. § 1579 – Other Forged Instruments (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 21 O.S. § 1592 – Publishing Counterfeited Instruments or Coins as True – Aggregation of Offenses Due to Formulation of Plan (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1702 – Larceny – Lost Property
  • 21 O.S. § 1704 – Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny – Definitions (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 21 O.S. § 1705 – Grand Larceny – Penalty (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 21 O.S. § 1713 – (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 21 O.S. § 1720 – Theft of Aircraft, Automobile, Automotive Driven Vehicle, or Construction or Farm Equipment
  • 21 O.S. § 1731 – Larceny of Merchandise from Retailer or Wholesaler – Punishment – Subsequent Convictions (previously changed by SQ 780)
  • 47 O.S. 4-102 – Unauthorized Use of Vehicle or Implement of Husbandry
  • 47 O.S. 4-103 – Receiving or Disposing of a Vehicle or Implement of Husbandry
  • 47 O.S. 17-102 – Penalties for Violations of The Uniform Vehicle Code
  • 59 O.S. 1512 – Administration and Enforcement of Oklahoma Pawnshop Act (previously changed by SQ 780)

This bill does many things. First, it rewrites some of the language changed in SQ 780 to have it conform to the style used in other statutes. This does not generally impact the result of the statute. It also adds tiers to some of the offenses. Where SQ 780 classified offenses as merely felonies and misdemeanors with two ranges of punishment, this bill adds multiple tiers of punishment for thefts greater than $1,000. In a few instances, this bill increases the maximum punishments for very high-value property. The general theme of this bill is in accordance with spirit of SQ 780, which is to reduce punishments for property crimes in Oklahoma. While this bill did not get enacted in 2017, it could be brought up again in 2018 and enacted.

SOURCE: HB 2281

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Current as of: November 20, 2017