Phillips & Associates
Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers
Premier Oklahoma Defense Lawyers
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.
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, including 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.
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Criminal Defense Practice Areas:
- Sex Crimes
- Child Pornography
- Indecent Exposure
- Internet Sex Crimes
- Lewd Acts
- Drug Crimes
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- White Collar Crimes
- Violent Crimes
- Armed Robbery
- Domestic Violence
- Gun Crimes and Weapons Violations
- Traffic and DUI
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Driving While Impaired (DWI)
- Actual Physical Control (APC)
- Parole Violations
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.
Examples of Misdemeanors in Oklahoma
- Breaking and Entering
- DUI, DWI and APC
- Marijuana Possession or Simple Drug Possession
- Petit Larceny, Shoplifting or Theft of $500 or less
- Simple Assault
- Violating a Protective Order (VPO)
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.
Examples of Oklahoma Felonies
- Aggravated Assault
- Child Abuse or Neglect
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Child Pornography
- Drug Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Drug Trafficking
- Sexual Assault
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.
Expungements and Appeals
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.
Trusted Oklahoma Defense 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. For a free, confidential evaluation of your case, call (405) 418-8888 or submit our online Case Review Form.
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