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Statutory rape in the state of Oklahoma

All crimes that involve sex are cause for concern in the state of Oklahoma. When these crimes involve children, there is a heightened sense of concern due to the age of the child and their inability to give legal consent on matters of a sexual nature. The law outlines the age of consent for certain sexual acts while also stating the penalty for the crime.

In Oklahoma, the age of consent is 16. Statutory rape occurs when a minor has sex with an individual that is at least three years older than the minor and is over the age of 18. If a minor is found to have had oral sex, the male could be charged with forcible oral sodomy. The law applies equally to male and female defendants. The laws for sex crimes also applies to same sex couples.

Facebook updated Community Standards

Facebook is one of the most popular social media platforms. Users can exchange thoughts and ideas through words, photos and video. At times, however, status updates can offend other users. In an attempt to improve the user's experience, Facebook has updated its Community Standards.

The new standards affirm the site's ban on nudity. The site explicitly expressed that revenge pornography and posts that promote sexual violence are strictly prohibited. However, there are some exceptions to the rule. For example, artistic nudity is allowed. Pictures that display breastfeeding or mastectomies will not be prohibited from Facebook.

Possession of child pornography in the state of Oklahoma

It is universally accepted that children should be protected. Children are one of the most vulnerable segments of our society. Those who choose to prey on them deserve to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. However, it is important that the prosecution of the accused follows the letter of the law rather than a biased, overzealous prosecution that neither seeks nor searches for the truth.

The Oklahoma child pornography statute has serious consequences for anyone found guilty of the crime. The statute classifies a minor as anyone under the age of 18. Any person that helps a minor to participate in pornography may be punished under the statute. Anyone who knowingly possesses, procures, manufacturers or causes child pornography to be sold may also be charged under the statute.

Revenge website operator now seeks privacy protection

In an age of social media, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of privacy. In the case of a romance that has gone sour, social media serves as fertile ground to mount revenge. One website made it convenient for jilted lovers to embarrass their old flames. The website has since been shut down but there are additional issues that linger for the owner of the site.

Craig Brittain operated a website that solicited nude pictures of women. When the women discovered that their pictures were posted, they were charged a fee to take down the photos. The fee ranged between $200 and $500 remove the undesirable images from the website. The website stayed in operation until Brittain was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission.

Does Oklahoma have domestic violence law for assault and battery?

This law firm represents those who have been charged with violent crimes. Everyone is entitled to a proper defense. This blog focuses on Oklahoma assault and battery statutes that are applied in cases of domestic violence. Special care should be taken with domestic violence cases due to the sensitive nature of the subject matter.

An individual convicted of assault in domestic abuse may serve a maximum of 30 days in county jail. In the alternative, a defendant may be fined a maximum of $500. An individual may serve one or both of these punishments.

Former Oklahoma athlete charged with assault

Oklahoma sports fans may recognize the names of the athletes highlighted in this blog. Ty Hensley, former Gatorade Oklahoma Baseball Player of the Year, was the assaulted in an early morning scuffle at a home in The Village on December 28, 2014. The alleged aggressor is also a well-known Oklahoma athlete, Anthony David Morales who was a part of The Oklahomans Big All-City Team in 2008.

The two seemed to have gotten into an argument about signing bonuses for professional athletes. Witnesses say that that they saw Hensley unconscious while Morales ran from the home. Hensley is currently recovering from a broken jaw and a lost tooth from the fight. Prior to this incident, Hensley was a prospect for the New York Yankees. Morales has been charged with aggravated assault and battery. He has since been released on $8,000 bail.

Understanding sex offender registry requirements

Sex crimes are unquestionably serious accusations and charges. The penalties following a conviction for sex crimes can be extensive and long lasting. One significant consequence of a sex offense conviction can include the requirement that the accused individual register as a sex offender with the sex offender registry. Even individuals registered as sex offenders in other states are required by Oklahoma law to register as sex offenders in Oklahoma.

Violations of sex offender registry requirements can lead to misdemeanor or felony charges. It is important to realize that any failure to adhere to the requirements of the sex offender registry, including registration, housing or any other requirements, can lead to additional penalties. According to the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration Act, accused individuals who are convicted of sex offenses that involve minors or children are restricted when it comes to the choice of housing. Sex offender registration can range from 15 years to the lifetime of the offender so it is important to understand the requirements.

How to avoid identity theft

Identity theft has been around for decades. However, with the advent of sophisticated technology the scams aimed at stealing identity have become more prevalent and the damage to an individual's life even more devastating. The FBI has long been engaged in finding those who steal the identity of others. The bureau has some advice for consumers who seek to protect themselves from this type of crime.

The first thing to know is that your name, home address and birth date are the first steps to stealing personal information. Once this information is obtained, it is generally easier to access a social security number. The social security number is the key to unlocking an individual's credit.

No charges for convenience store clerk

Stand Your Ground laws in various states have drawn a lot of criticism in the last few years. Oklahoma is one of the 24 states that have a Stand Your Ground law on its books. These laws allow an individual to use deadly force when he or she is in reasonable fear of great bodily harm or death. This law is in the news again after a robbery attempt at a Tulsa convenience store.

The Ryan's Convenience Store was robbed by multiple men. The convenience store clerk shot two men during the January 13, 2015 robbery. Both men died from their injuries. The prosecutor announced that no charges would be brought against the clerk. The shooting was deemed to be justified due to the facts of the attempted robbery. He cited the Oklahoma Stand Your Ground law in his statement. There are two other suspects that are connected to the attempted robbery. These two suspects have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the other two deaths.

What is armed robbery and how is it punished?

All criminal accusations are serious. However, some offenses are treated more aggressively than others, subjecting individuals to potentially harsh penalties. Amongst these are violent crimes. Murder, assault, battery, and robbery are all diligently prosecuted, often to send a message to the community that such offenses will not be tolerated. Therefore, those accused of a violent crime may be fighting for their freedom, reputation and, in some instances, their lives.

Robbery has different forms. In Oklahoma, armed robbery occurs when an individual uses a firearm or another dangerous weapon to rob or attempt to rob an individual. It does not matter whether the weapon is real or not, so long as the individual being robed believes the weapon to be real. This offense is prosecuted as a felony, and a conviction may result in a life-long prison sentence. The minimum prison sentence is five years. If an individual is convicted of three similar felonies, then he or she may be imprisoned for life, but for no less than 10 years.

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