What Are The Recent Changes To Theft Laws In Oklahoma?

Recent Changes To Theft Laws In Oklahoma
Oklahoma changed numerous theft laws between November 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017.

Changes Due To House Bill 2751

HB 2751 raised the threshold for a felony on many property crimes from $500 to $1,000. It affected the following laws:

  • 21 O.S. 1451 – Embezzlement
  • 21 O.S. 1521 – Motor Vehicle Lease or Rental – Payment by False or Bogus Check – Penalties
  • 21 O.S. 1533.1 – Fraudulently Obtaining Personal Identity of Other Persons
  • 21 O.S. 1541.1 – Obtaining Property by Trick or Deception – Attempt – False Representation or Pretense – Confidence Game – Penalty
  • 21 O.S. 1541.2 – Penalty – Value of Property, Money, or Valuable Thing
  • 21 O.S. 1541.3 – False or Bogus Checks, Drafts, or Orders – Penalty
  • 21 O.S. 1542 – Obtaining Signature or Property by False Pretenses – Penalty
  • 21 O.S. 1550.27 – False Making or Embossing of Credit or Debit Card
  • 21 O.S. 1550.32 – Receiving of Money, Goods or Services in Violation of § 1550.29 – Penalties
  • 21 O.S. 1550.33 – Penalties for violation of Oklahoma Credit Card Crime Act
  • 21 O.S. 1577 – Sale, Delivery or Receipt of Forged Notes or Instruments – Aggregation of Offenses Due to Formulation of Plan
  • 21 O.S. 1578 – Possession of Forged Notes or Instruments – Aggregation of Offenses Due to Formulation of Plan
  • 21 O.S. 1579 – Other Forged Instruments
  • 21 O.S. 1592 – Publishing Counterfeited Instruments or Coins as True – Aggregation of Offenses Due to Formulation of Plan
  • 21 O.S. 1621 – Penalty for Forgery – First Degree – Second Degree – Third Degree
  • 21 O.S. 1704 – Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny – Definitions
  • 21 O.S. 1705 – Grand Larceny – Penalty
  • 21 O.S. 1731 – Larceny of Merchandise from Retailer or Wholesaler – Punishment – Subsequent Convictions
  • 21 O.S. 1834 – Chattels Encumbered by Mortgage, Conditional Sales Contract or Security Agreement-Removal or Destruction

Changes Due To State Question 780

On November 8, 2016, Oklahoma voters again changed many property crime laws by passing SQ 780. Many of the statutes affected by SQ 780 were already changed by HB 2751. For the statutes that both HB 2751 and SQ 780 changed, the primary change was just the wording of the statutes. The effect of both was essentially the same. The changes from SQ 780 went into effect on July 1, 2017. SQ 780 changed the following statutes:

  • 21 O.S. § 1704 – Grand Larceny and Petit Larceny – Definitions (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1705 – Grand Larceny – Penalty (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1713 – Receiving Stolen Property – Reasonable Inquiry Required
  • 21 O.S. § 1719.1 – Larceny of Domesticated Fish and Game
  • 21 O.S. § 1722 – Taking Oil, Gas, Gasoline – Misdemeanor – Felony
  • 21 O.S. § 1731 – Larceny of Merchandise from Retailer or Wholesaler – Punishment – Subsequent Convictions (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1451 – Embezzlement (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1503 – Defrauding Hotels, Inns, Restaurants, etc.
  • 21 O.S. § 1521 – Motor Vehicle Lease or Rental – Payment by False or Bogus Check – Penalties (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1541.1 – Obtaining Property by Trick or Deception – Attempt – False Representation or Pretense – Confidence Game – Penalty (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1541.2 – Penalty – Value of Property, Money, or Valuable Thing (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1541.3 – False or Bogus Checks, Drafts, or Orders – Penalty (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 59 O.S. § 1512 – Administration and Enforcement of Oklahoma Pawnshop Act
  • 21 O.S. § 1577 – Sale, Delivery or Receipt of Forged Notes or Instruments – Aggregation of Offenses Due to Formulation of Plan (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1578 – Possession of Forged Notes or Instruments – Aggregation of Offenses Due to Formulation of Plan (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1579 – Other Forged Instruments (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 1621 – Penalty for Forgery – First Degree – Second Degree – Third Degree (previously changed by HB 2751)
  • 21 O.S. § 51.3 was REPEALED – Punishment for Second and Subsequent Offenses after Conviction of Offense Punishable by Imprisonment in State Penitentiary – Petit Larceny

The law that applies to a charge is the law that was in effect on the day of the offense. Therefore, for the crimes that both HB 2751 and SQ 780 changed, the wording of HB 2751 applies only if the offense was committed between October 31, 2016 and July 1, 2017.

SOURCES: HB 2751 & SQ 780

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Current as of: November 20, 2017