Category: Criminal Defense
Being charged with a crime is a stressful and scary time in your life. A criminal conviction can change your life forever. Take action today to protect your rights and minimize the consequences of your arrest. Retain a criminal defense lawyer at our Law Office.
Whether you are accused of a DUI, DWI, APC, drug possession, larceny or any other misdemeanor or felony charge, you have options. Our lawyers will take the time to listen, answer your questions, and work with you to determine the best strategy to defend yourself. If you have arrests or convictions on your record, you may be entitled to have those arrests expunged and your record completely cleaned up. Contact the firm online or call 918-376-7208 for a free consultation to explore your options.
Working For Your Best Interests
If you face criminal charges in Oklahoma, you want to stay out of jail and keep your record clean. Finding the right lawyer is crucial to mounting an effective defense. An experienced and conscientious criminal defense lawyer can help you minimize the damage to your life and your future. You need an attorney who will give you the personal and professional attention you deserve throughout this ordeal.
As your attorneys, our job is to help you — to be on your side and to advocate for your best interests. Once we have a thorough understanding of the facts of your case, we will work with you to decide the best way forward. We are experienced and effective plea negotiators and skilled trial lawyers, willing to take your case to trial if that is your best option.
Among our attorneys is Julie Henson, a former assistant public defender in Oklahoma County as well as a former assistant district attorney for Logan County. She has more than 15 years of experience handling Oklahoma criminal cases and is committed to your defense.
Good People Make Mistakes | Let Us Defend You
Good people make mistakes. The issue is what to do to put those mistakes behind you and return your life to normal. We handle a wide variety of Oklahoma felony and misdemeanor offenses in both district and municipal courts, cases such as:
- DUI, DWI, and APC, including driver’s license suspension hearings before the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Delinquency/Criminal charges
- Drug possession, sale, cultivation, manufacturing and other drug charges
- Petty larceny and other theft offenses
- Fraud and identify theft
- Embezzlement and bogus checks
- Robbery and burglary
- Armed robbery
- Assault and battery
- Domestic violence
- Traffic and speeding tickets
- Parole and probation violations
A Drunk Driving Arrest Can Suspend Your Driver’s License
If you have been charged with DUI, DWI or APC in Oklahoma, you need to take action immediately to protect your driving privileges. You only have 15 days after a drunk driving arrest to request an implied consent hearing from the Department of Public Safety, or you will lose your driver’s license. The right attorney can make it possible to keep your driver’s license from being suspended at that hearing, or secure a modified license that would allow you to continue to drive. If you have been arrested for drunk driving, it is essential to contact a lawyer immediately.
Municipal Court Cases
Any type of criminal matter that is handled in municipal court, even traffic tickets, should have the attention of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Having handled countless cases in municipal court, both in Owasso, Skiatook, Collinsville, Tulsa and surrounding areas, our attorneys can zealously take charge of your case and fight the municipal cases that you are facing. We are conveniently located in Owasso and are experienced in handling those cases filed in city courts.
Everyone makes mistakes. Some mistakes are insignificant. However, when mistakes involve drunk driving or drug possession, they can be very serious and carry life-altering consequences, including steep fines and jail time.
We represent clients in Owasso, Skiatook, Collinsville, Claremore and the greater Tulsa area who have been arrested on suspicion of drug possession or driving under the influence (DUI). We believe that good people can make mistakes, and that all clients deserve a competent criminal defense and the personal attention to get them through these difficult situations.
Our clients include adults and juveniles, many of whom have jobs or attend school, are known in their communities, and who have never before had a serious arrest. We work hard to limit the damage arrests for drunk driving and drug possession can cause.
Why You Need To Fight A Criminal Charge | DUI Defense Attorneys
There are many reasons to fight back after being arrested on suspicion of DUI or drug possession. First, you may be able to have your charge dismissed by proving that proper investigative procedures were not followed or that the evidence does not support the charge. Second, with proper discovery and investigation, we may be able to use the evidence obtained to acquit you of the charge. Finally, if the evidence is not on your side, we can seek to limit the consequences so that you may be able to resume your life.
As defense attorneys, we do not just take law enforcement officers at their word. We know mistakes are made in searches, blood testing and investigations. When police make mistakes, it’s our job to identify the mistakes and prevent them from harming our clients.
If you remain unconvinced about retaining an attorney, consider what can happen if you do not mount an adequate defense. You may needlessly face charges that are unfounded or overbearing. You will be at the mercy of a judge or jury, who may only hear one side of the story. Take control of the situation and hire an attorney who will listen and fight for your best interests.
Retain an experienced DUI and drug defense lawyer to defend you against any misdemeanor or felony DUI or drug charges.
DUI Means Automatic License Suspension — Unless You Act
Here is something many people who are charged with DUI do not know: Their driver’s licenses are endangered from the moment they are arrested. This is because Oklahoma follows a dual administrative and criminal process in prosecuting DUI cases.
If you blow over the legal limit on an Intoxilyzer test or refuse a test altogether, two things happen: You are charged in criminal court with DUI, DWI, or APC, and you are reported to the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety (DPS), which will automatically suspend your license unless you request an administrative hearing within 15 days of the date of your arrest. If a hearing is not requested within those 15 days, even if your charges are eventually dropped or you are acquitted at trial, the suspension will still stand. Having a valid license to drive is essential. Our law firm knows exactly what to do to challenge any suspension and can assist in securing a modified license if necessary.
If your son or daughter is facing a delinquency hearing, this could be a turning point in his or her life — for better or for worse. A juvenile arrest is sometimes a wake-up call that your young person is in trouble. It is essential to heed that call and to take this opportunity to make positive changes.
Working for Your Best Interests
Unfortunately, juvenile court may not be the best place to make those constructive changes. If your teenager doesn’t have experienced, effective representation, the juvenile court may be more punitive than helpful. The outcome may focus more on punishing your child for mistakes than on putting him or her back on track.
Our attorneys are committed to helping young people who are involved in the juvenile court system find ways to truly resolve their problems. We are here to help.
One of our attorneys, Julie Henson, is a former assistant public defender in Oklahoma County as well as a former assistant district attorney for Logan County. She has more than 15 years of criminal law experience and devotes a large portion of the practice to representing juveniles. She handles a wide variety of cases in Oklahoma juvenile courts, including “deprived” or “delinquency” cases, representing either the minor or the parents, as appropriate.
Juvenile Delinquency Attorney
Juveniles can be charged with any criminal offense that an adult could be, but their cases are most often handled in the juvenile courts. When a minor is charged with a crime in juvenile court, it is called a “delinquent” case. Our lawyers have extensive experience handling cases in the juvenile justice system in Oklahoma, and we understand the potential options for resolution. We defend juvenile clients against a wide variety of criminal charges, including:
- Underage DUI and DWI and drunk driving
- Drug possession and other drug charges involving marijuana, meth, cocaine or prescription drugs
- Possession of other controlled substances or drug paraphernalia
- Shoplifting, vandalism, theft or other property crimes
- Burglary and robbery
- Rape or statutory rape
- Assault and battery
- Shootings and other violent crimes
- Youthful offender
Sometimes because of a child’s age and the offense, the case is handled in district court under the title of youthful offender. We have extensive experience handling youthful offender cases and can advise you on the best way in which to address these matters.
‘Deprived’ Cases: Child Abuse Or Neglect Allegations
When the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) files allegations of child abuse or neglect against you, the consequences could range from requiring supervised visitation to — in the most serious cases — termination of your parental rights. The vast majority of parents in this situation are simply people who are going through hard times and do not know how to meet the demands upon them.
We represent parents in deprived cases, always working toward the goal of reunification with their children in a positive environment. Whether DHS took action due to a misunderstanding or because of drug abuse, there are things you can do to keep your children. We will take the time to listen and help you decide on the best way to make whatever changes are necessary to resolve the situation.