Violent crimes in Oklahoma include not only those which cause significant bodily injury to a victim, but also crimes in which harm is merely threatened. In many cases, a threat of harm with the apparent ability to carry through with the threat is grounds enough for a criminal charge. For example, assault is defined not only by physical harm to another person, but also by intimidation alone. Use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, such as in armed robbery, is prosecuted as a violent crime even if no one is shot or otherwise physically wounded during the robbery. The presence of the firearm and the implicit threat of its use are enough to escalate simple larceny charges to a serious violent felony.
In Oklahoma, violent crimes are typically prosecuted as felonies. In many cases, they are subject to what is known as the "85 Percent Rule." This means that individuals convicted of certain violent felonies must serve at least eighty-five percent of their sentences before becoming eligible for parole. In addition, most violent felonies are ineligible for record expungement, meaning that even after a sentence is served and even if the convicted felon never has any more trouble with the law, he or she will be unable to clear his or her criminal record. Felony conviction also carries collateral consequences, including the loss of one's right to possess firearms, loss of voting rights, and the inability to obtain or keep certain professional licenses.
If you have been charged with a crime as a violent offender, you are likely facing penalties greater than those faced by individuals charged with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. Swift and experienced legal counsel is necessary for ensuring the protection of your rights during investigation and prosecution. At Phillips & Associates, our winning record of violent crime defense demonstrates our commitment to protecting defendants' rights and to providing our clients with the highest quality legal services and defense representation available.
Cases We Represent
From simple assault to homicide, the range of violent crimes covers a broad span of severity. Our violent crime attorneys are well-equipped to handle any criminal charge. Through our courtroom experience, strategies, and success, we have built a reputation as one of the top criminal defense law firms in Oklahoma. Through negotiation and vigorous defense at trial, we have secured favorable outcomes for individuals charged with violent offenses, including:
- Sexual Battery
- Domestic Violence
- Weapon and Firearm Offenses
- And more.
Specific defense strategies vary depending on the crime or crimes with which a defendant is charged and the unique circumstances for each case. Our attorneys closely evaluate each case to determine the optimal strategies for defense, and we are committed to obtaining the best result possible.
By hiring a qualified and experienced defense lawyer with a proven record of success, you maximize your potential for a favorable outcome. With wise legal counsel and skillful representation you may be able to:
- Get your bond reduced
- Have your case dismissed
- Avoid jail or prison
- Get your charges reduced
- Negotiate a lighter sentence
- Receive an acquittal or a "not guilty" verdict at trial
No attorney can ethically guarantee a dismissal or acquittal. We can, however, guarantee that we will do everything within our power to secure the best result for your case. Our attorneys are dedicated to defendants' rights, and we work diligently on our clients' behalf. We handle each case with discretion and treat each individual we represent with dignity.
You are innocent unless proven guilty. Let us help you protect your innocence and preserve your rights. Call today for a free evaluation of your case.