Last year, the Oklahoma State legislature passed a new law aimed at increasing penalties for several serious traffic offenses. Aaron's Law is named after Aaron Zentz, a 17 year old from Yukon, Oklahoma. He was killed in 2009 from injuries sustained in an automobile collision when a woman ran a stoplight and struck the car Aaron was driving.
It is Friday morning. As I sit at the back of the courtroom, waiting for the docket to begin, mine eyes are drawn to the long, sad windows on the West wall of the vast, wood laden room. Outside, the fog is lifting, heralding the birth of a day anew. Yet, the angry skies to the North loom menacingly, threatening to wash away the fledgling hopes of sunny warmth. A sharp pain suddenly courses through my left foot. I instinctively turn toward my already throbbing appendage and I am met with a host of brilliantly colored butterflies, fluttering restlessly amid a turbulent ocean of flesh. My gaze rises through wave upon wave of tummy until the sunken eyes belonging to what I imagine was once a human face now stare angrily back at me. A sudden screech emits from engorged lips, morbidly beautified by a sharp silver ring. "Excuse you!" So dies my fleetingly whimsical daydream of rainy silence. So begins the criminal misdemeanor docket at the Cleveland County Courthouse.
To many Oklahomans, understanding the Department of Public Safety Points system is like understanding the IRS Federal Tax Code. For those who live outside Oklahoma or are new to Oklahoma, it is even more confusing. This blog breaks down the basics of the Point System, allowing you to better understand your situation and know what steps to take, should you ever receive a traffic citation.
We have all had that sinking feeling when you look in your rear view mirror and see flashing lights...just the thing to take a good day and send it down the drain. Most of the time a traffic ticket is a mere inconvenience and a chance to tell your friends later that "everyone else was speeding too!" But sometimes, depending on the charge, a ticket can cause real trouble. Your insurance rates could go up and points may be added to your driving record, bringing you closer to more serious consequences like losing your drivers license.
A new law goes into effect November 1st of this year. The measure significantly alters expungement procedure and eligibility. Oklahoma House Bill 3091 was approved by Governor Mary Fallin on May 4th of this year and has been met by mixed emotions from attorneys and Oklahoman residents alike.
Cleveland County News: The Cleveland County District Attorney's Office, under the authority of DA Greg Mashburn, has issued a district wide policy change. Mug shots, taken at the Cleveland County jail in Norman will no longer be made available to the public. The new rule comes in light of concerns over protecting the privacy rights of those who have been arrested but are later be proven not guilty or acquitted.
Bad news for texting and driving offenders: Most people agree text messaging on your cell phone while driving is dangerous. Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to deter many people, especially young drivers. All of that may be about to change...
A criminal law has been introduced to the Oklahoma State Senate, which would expand the definition of first degree murder. Senate Bill 1066 is aimed at providing express statutory consequences for the state's drug manufacturing and distribution problem. While common sense might suggest that first-degree murder is a simple concept, the legal interpretation provides various elements and situations to which first-degree murder may or may not apply.
This is the second entry in the Criminal Law series. The series is designed to provide our clients and the general public with the basic valuable information they need to be legally protected in times of stress and uncertainty.
A proposed Oklahoma open carry law moved one step closer yesterday. House Bill 2522 easily passed through committee and now moves on to the full state house for consideration. The measure is similar to one that was passed by the state legislature two years ago but vetoed by then Governor Brad Henry. With a Republican in the Governor's Mansion, the chances are much better for passage this time around. The bill has several functions.