Why I Practice Criminal Defense

Criminal

My firm will defend anybody charged with any crime by the State of Oklahoma. This includes DUI, drug, theft, and domestic violence crimes.

Why Do You Practice Criminal Defense Law?

I spent the early part of my adult career in active duty with the Air Force, so I developed strong feelings for defending and supporting the Constitution. Throughout law school and the various internships I had in law school, I realized that there is a lot of constitutional law in criminal defense. The issues are very interesting to me, and I believe that the individual needs strong protection from the state. I see that as a huge responsibility and something very interesting to me. It’s important to stand up for people and protect their rights.

What Are The Top Misconceptions About Being Arrested For A Crime?

Most people believe that they’ll be going to jail. However, that’s not the case in the vast majority of situations that I’ve handled with my clients or potential clients. People who are facing jail time, generally, are either people who have committed a particularly heinous crime, or people who have a significant criminal record. The state usually isn’t looking to put somebody in jail automatically for the first offense. People are given multiple chances to get on their right path before they’re sentenced to jail.

How Do People Usually Incriminate Themselves In A Criminal Case?

There are two primary ways that people can incriminate themselves. The first is talking to the police or to anybody else about their case. The second is giving the police permission to search their car or their belongings. With regards to people talking to the police, many people think that they’re going to talk themselves out of an arrest. However, that’s usually not true. Most of the time people are not only going to talk themselves into jail, but they’re most likely talking themselves into additional charges. The best thing you can do if you’re arrested or are in custody is to not say anything to the police, because you’re offering them evidence that they don’t have.

As far as searching your vehicle, if the police have probable cause that a crime has existed, then they don’t have to ask your permission to search your vehicle. However, if you voluntarily give them permission to search your vehicle then of course they can legally search your vehicle. Many times, if they’re asking for permission to search, they don’t have probable cause to search. It’s generally best to not allow the police to search your vehicle even if you don’t think you have anything in your vehicle. I have noticed many times where people didn’t think they had something and maybe somebody else left something in their vehicle or they forgot about something, and it turns out that the police find something that was illegal and then they are charged with a crime.

The same principles can be applies to going in to the police station to talk with the cops. People frequently go just because the police asked them to. That is usually not a good idea to go to the station to talk with them unless you are represented by your attorney.

For more information on Criminal Offenses in Oklahoma, a free initial consultation is your next best step. Get the information and legal answers you are seeking by calling (405) 633-3420 today.