Oklahoma has the highest incarceration rate in the United States, with one in every 100 people imprisoned for a criminal offense. With so many convictions relative to other states in America, it stands to reason that the trial system is skewed against defendants.
Types of Crime
In general, there are two types of crimes that a person can be tried for in Oklahoma:
- Misdemeanors are less serious crimes, like vandalism, trespassing, or minor theft.
- Felonies are more serious crimes that include offenses like murder, armed robbery, or embezzlement.
Both misdemeanors and felonies can convey fines, penalties, or imprisonment, though felonies typically have harsher consequences.
Oklahoma has a reputation for having more criminal offenses than other states in America. Oklahoma’s criminal code has over 1,200 listed violations—and that is not even a comprehensive list of offenses in the state. Many new laws are passed each year that create more crimes and over criminalize the public.
If a person is arrested and cannot afford to hire legal counsel, they may apply to be assigned a public defender.
Public defenders do admirable work, but often have massive caseloads with fewer resources at their disposal than private attorneys who are able to devote both the time resources necessary to properly defend a case.
Giving You the Edge Over the Prosecution
At Edge Law Firm, we know how to fight for our clients. We are ready to build the most effective defense strategy possible by telling your story and protecting your rights at every step of the way.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Oklahoma, contact the Edge Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation and begin your journey to getting your life back.
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