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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Oklahoma legislature has passed a bill that, if signed by Governor Mary Fallin, would criminalize "revenge porn." Senate Bill 1257 passed both the House and the Senate and has been sent to the governor's office for approval. If Gov. Fallin signs the bill into law, it will become effective November 1, 2016.Read More
People across Oklahoma and across the nation are outraged by a court ruling that upheld the dismissal of a forcible sodomy charge against a teen who allegedly had oral sex with a fellow teenager who was intoxicated, unconscious, and unable to provide consent to the sex act.Read More
A new Oklahoma law that takes effect November 1 will change the way DUI is prosecuted in the state. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a state crime, but it is also a municipal offense. This means that many misdemeanor DUI cases are handled by cities in municipal court, rather than prosecuted by the state in county district courts.Read More
On April 7, three-week-old Natalie Nicole Fuston was taken to OU Children's Hospital with severe injuries. The baby's father, James Fuston, 22, told medical workers that the injuries to the infant were accidental--that he had been playing with her by tossing her in the air, but on the last toss, he accidentally threw her too hard. He said that when he tossed her up, she struck her head on the ceiling."Read More
When the FBI was unable to unlock the iPhone belonging to San Bernadino shooter Syed Farook, it turned to Apple for help. Apple's response spurred a heated debate over individual privacy and security. Yes, Apple said, we will cooperate with you by helping you access things stored on the Cloud; however, we will not build a backdoor into the iPhone that could essentially risk the security of every iPhone owner.Read More
Less than a week after becoming a paid employee of the Oklahoma City Public Schools district, a part-time John Marshall High School track coach was suspended without pay, accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student.Read More
In 2014, Rolling Stone magazine published an article that was pivotal in exposing the "rape culture" at colleges and universities around the nation. In the story, authored by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a college freshman identified only as "Jackie" discusses her gang-rape and sexual assault by several members of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia. The story detailed not only Jackie's assault, but also the cold, insensitive response she received from UVA administrators, and in particular, Associate Dean of Students Nicole Eramo.
However, shortly after the story ran, its credibility was attacked. Erdely was accused of not adequately interviewing witnesses or following up with sources. Instead, she took Jackie's story at face value, not bothering to address inconsistencies between what the woman told her and what she said to witnesses at the time of the alleged assaults.
Although Jackie did not report the assault to local police, they later investigated after the story was released; however, they could find no evidence that any sexual assault actually took place.
Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism conducted an independent review of the story and found "sweeping editorial failures." In criticizing the story as one of the worst examples of journalism in 2014, the Columbia Journalism Review writes:
Reporter Sabrina Rubin Erdely didn’t contact the alleged perpetrators of Jackie’s rape, not to mention three of her friends portrayed as unsympathetic to it. It turns out, as reported in a sterling clean-up job by The Washington Post, that Jackie’s account in the story doesn’t match her friends’ recollections of the incident. A number of other key details from the piece have since been disputed or disproved. In its initial editor’s note regarding the story — since updated — Rolling Stone deflected criticism: “In the face of new information, there now appear to be discrepancies in Jackie’s account, and we have come to the conclusion that our trust in her was misplaced.” It deserves a DART for blaming its utter failure on someone else, and many more for all the lapses leading up to it.
Rolling Stone quickly retracted the now-discredited story.
Now, Rolling Stone and Erdely have been named in defamation lawsuits by Dean Eramo and the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. As part of Eramo's lawsuit, attorneys requested that "Jackie" be required to testify. Her attorneys, however, said that testifying under oath would "re-victimize" their client, causing her "extreme psychological . . . and irreparable harm."
Attorneys for both Rolling Stone and Eramo pushed to require Jackie to testify. After all, she was not apparently traumatized by recounting her alleged rape to Erdely for publication in Rolling Stone.
Earlier this week, Judge Glen E. Conrad denied a motion by Jackie's attorneys to quash her testimony and ordered that the woman whose tale prompted one of the biggest failures in modern journalism to testify under oath.
Will the real story of "A Rape on Campus" finally come out when Jackie testifies under oath? And if her story is completely fabricated,
as many suggest, what consequences might she face for defamation?
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Last month, police seized a number of cell phones from Guthrie High School students after receiving reports of child pornography being distributed among students. In that case, students were reportedly sharing a video of two other students involved in sexual activity. The case serves as a reminder for teens and their parents that "sexting," or sending sexually explicit images or videos of oneself or other minors can lead to criminal charges. While Oklahoma has a sexting law that allows minors to be charged with a misdemeanor rather than a felony child pornography charge under most circumstances, there are still conditions under which a minor sharing sexually explicit images of another minor could be charged with a more serious offense.Read More