The Law Firm of Oklahoma Criminal Defense Attorney Dustin Phillips

(405) 418-8888

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RECENT CASE RESULTS

Dismissed
Victim's Protective Order
August 2016 | Oklahoma County Court
Dismissed
Burglary in the 1st Degree, Kidnapping
August 2016 | Oklahoma County Court
Dismissed
Child Abuse by Injury
August 2016 | Caddo County Court
Dismissed
Possession of a Firearm on School Property
August 2016 | Oklahoma County Court
Dismissed
Rape in the Second Degree
August 2016 | Cleveland County Court
Dismissed
Assault & Battery
July 2016 | Oklahoma City Municipal Court
Dismissed
1st Degree Rape by Instrumentation
June 2016 | Logan County Court
Dismissed
Domestic Abuse Assault & Battery Great Bodily Injury
June 2016 | Oklahoma County Court
Dismissed
Application to Revoke Suspended Sentence
June 2016 | Oklahoma County Court
Dismissed
Domestic Abuse by Strangulation (x3)
June 2016 | Oklahoma County Court
 

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Trusted Oklahoma Attorneys

When you are undertaking a significant legal battle, you need and deserve a competent, knowledgeable and dedicated lawyer in your corner, fighting for your rights. The criminal defense lawyers at Phillips & Associates have earned a reputation for success through skillful and aggressive defense representation. 

We represent clients who have been accused of serious felonies, including sex crimes, white-collar crimes and even murder, as well as those charged with minor crimes such as DUI or simple marijuana possession. You are likely visiting our website because circumstances have placed you or someone you love in a predicament that you never imagined or anticipated.

For a free, confidential evaluation of your case, call (405) 418-8888 or submit our online Case Review Form

Charged with a Crime?

If you've been charged with a crime anywhere in Oklahoma, your next actions greatly affect the success of your defense.

Get the information you need to take the correct next steps, and then let our team of criminal defense attorneys rigorously defend your case.

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Oklahoma City Defense Lawyers

We at Phillips & Associates understand that facing a criminal charge, whether a misdemeanor or felony, is a stressful and inconvenient ordeal. Do you know your rights and privileges? Is your reputation at stake? Either way, a strong defense is the best way for you to protect yourself against criminal charges. The criminal defense attorneys at Phillips & Associates are dedicated to upholding defendants' rights and protecting them from unnecessary conviction and the consequences thereof. Our law firm handles both misdemeanor and felony cases in city, county and state courts throughout Oklahoma, as well as provide federal court defense. Whether you are facing a year in jail or a lifetime in prison, we will provide the aggressive defense representation you need to realize a successful outcome to your case.

Where Do You Find a Lawyer?

There are certainly plenty of places to find a lawyer. The challenge is not so much as to where to find a lawyer, but where to find one you can trust. The attorneys at Phillips & Associates have a proven track record and will be up front with you about your case, and then continue to work with you personally to resolve your case.

The Offices of Phillips & Associates are located near the heart of Oklahoma City, at Penn Ave. and NW Expressway, next to 50 Penn Place and across from Penn Square Mall.


Criminal Law in Oklahoma

The state statutes enumerate crimes and their associated punishments under Title 21, the penal code of Oklahoma. According to section 3 of the criminal code, a crime is defined as "any act or omission prohibited by the law which, upon conviction, is punishable by fine, imprisonment, removal from office, disqualification to hold office, or death."

State crimes are divided into two main classifications: misdemeanors and felonies. The Oklahoma penal code states that "A felony is a crime which is, or may be, punishable with death, or by imprisonment in the penitentiary" and defines all other crimes as misdemeanors. Generally, misdemeanor crimes are those punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in county jail and felony offenses are those punishable by a year or more in a state or federal prison.

Many crimes may be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies according to certain conditions of the offense, including degree of severity, repeat offenses and use of weapons. For example, domestic abuse and DUI are generally charged as misdemeanors on the first offense, but subsequent offenses are charged as felonies. Theft is a misdemeanor when the value of stolen property is $500 or less, but it is a felony if the value exceeds $500. A skillful defense lawyer may, in certain situations, be able to have a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor, minimizing the potential penalties associated with a possible conviction.

Felony crimes are considered to be more serious offenses than misdemeanors. Felonies include violent crimes, sex crimes, crimes against children, high-dollar property crimes and drug crimes beyond simple possession. Anyone convicted of a felony suffers restriction or revocation of certain rights, even after a prison sentence has been served. A felony conviction can impact your voting rights, jury service, gun ownership and professional licensing.

At Phillips & Associates, we are committed to providing exceptional legal services to every client, whether he or she is facing the prospect of probation and driver's license suspension or the possibility of life in prison. We understand that, regardless of the legal battle you face, the consequences of conviction can disrupt or destroy the life you had planned for yourself. Because of this, we handle each case with care, exploring all possible options for your defense and using innovative and proven courtroom strategies to win your case. Though no attorney can ethically guarantee a dismissal or acquittal, the record of success at Phillips & Associates demonstrates our dedication to achieving positive results for our clients in Oklahoma City and across the state.

Not every case can be dismissed and not every trial ends in acquittal. If a criminal charge leads to a deferred sentence or conviction, all is not lost. Through the process of expungement, individuals convicted of certain misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies may be able to clear their criminal record. If someone is found guilty of a crime, the accused defendant may be able to appeal the conviction or sentence. Our expungement attorneys and appellate lawyers have helped many Oklahomans clear their names and get their lives back on track. A foolish mistake, an unfair trial or a wrongful conviction should not destroy anyone's life. If you are plagued by a criminal record or need to appeal a conviction, contact our law firm to explore your options for relief.

 
 
 

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