Were you or a loved one arrested in Oklahoma and need legal help? Check out these 3 criminal defense tips, then call our Stillwater lawyers to get started.
Arrested for Domestic Violence
If you’re facing a domestic violence arrest, you need to contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. That is a situation where you need to not contact any other party including the alleged victim in your case because that may result in additional criminal charges being filed against you. In contacting a criminal defense attorney, you will assess the facts, assess the evidence, and determine what defenses are available for you to serve your interest best. It’s imperative you do so because the case may result in a lengthy jail time or incarceration if you do not take care of business.
Protective Order Defenses
If you’ve been served with a protective order, the question becomes, do you need to contest it? Do you need to show up to court and object to it? The answer overwhelmingly is yes, you do. If you fail to do so, the court can issue what’s considered a permanent protective order for a period of years that will then have adverse impacts on your ability to maintain employment. Some judges have even stated they consider a permanent protective order to be as damaging as a felony conviction on your record. Additionally, you may have issues maintaining or purchasing a firearm. As well as if you have you have children and a child custody issue, this could adversely impact your ability to have custodial rights or certain types of visitation. You need to contact an experienced attorney in the area of protective orders immediately and assess your situation.
OSU Student Conduct Offense
All towns that have a major university has their own student conduct board. This board monitors what their students do in the community. If you’re charged with a crime, the student conduct is going to interview you. If a complaint is made to the student conduct board against you but no crime is filed against you, the student conduct board will also question you. They also can have a hearing.
The student conduct boards across the state only have a preponderance of the evidence burden, which means it’s more probable true than false that you did what your accuser said you did. That’s not a very high bar. More often than not, you’re in trouble. In the criminal courts across the state of Oklahoma, it’s beyond a reasonable doubt. That means that if there’s any possible doubt or any possible reason this could have happened other than what the state says, you’re going to be dismissed and you’re going to be found not guilty. I caution anybody when you deal with a student conduct board, you need to be very careful. You need to seek representation. Lawyers cannot go to the hearing with you and say anything; you’re on your own, but we can advise you and counsel you on how to deal with it, and what to say, and what not to say when you get there.
Were you or a loved one accused of a crime at college and have questions about our 3 criminal defense tips? Contact a Stillwater criminal defense attorney at Murray Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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