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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.

Oklahoma couple facing drug charges after child abuse complaint

Drug possession is a serious charge in the state of Oklahoma. In many cases, the laws are strict liability. Which means anyone found with substances like marijuana will be held liable regardless of a valid prescription from another state where the substance is legal.

An Oklahoma couple is awaiting trial after family members filed a complaint. Two girls, ages 3 and 2, were taken into state custody after their parents were arrested. The Department of Human Services was contacted to remove the girls from their feces infested home. Numerous bruises and marks were found on the girls' bodies. Their parents have been charged with child abuse, possession of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a minor, maintaining a house where drugs are used and possession of drug paraphernalia.

No sexual assault charge for high profile attorney

Anytime there is an allegation of rape, authorities must take it seriously. The social stigma connected to both the accuser and the accused can ruin a good reputation. If the accused is convicted, the consequences can be devastating. The stakes become even higher when one or both of the parties are public figures.

Oklahoma residents may have read that Sanford Rubenstein, 70, the sometimes attorney for Reverend Al Sharpton, was recently accused of rape. The allegations stemmed from the alleged sexual assault of a woman involved in Sharpton's National Action Network. The assault was said to take place after Sharpton's birthday party. There is video surveillance showing the two arriving at Rubenstein's apartment. From the start, Rubenstein denied any wrong doing in the matter.

Federal cyber stalking case dismissed

Twitter posts are protected as free speech in some instances, according to one federal judge. After being indicted for cyber stalking, the defendant is now seeking release because the case against him has been dismissed.

It all started in 2007 when the two parties to the case became friends. However, the friendship between a female Buddhist leader and her male associate did not last. They had a falling out and the man began to publish disparaging tweets about the woman, who was the subject of a book published in 2000, which, the judge felt, made her a "public figure." After an FBI investigation, the man was indicted and jailed on interstate stalking charges based on a part of the Violence Against Women Act.

The importance of quality criminal defense

Sometimes bad things happen to good people. This isn't just a saying, it's the mantra of the attorneys of M.K. Bailey Law Offices. The majority of our clients have never been in trouble before. Now these law abiding citizens are caught in the middle of a difficult situation. Making the right legal decisions may make the difference between freedom and incarceration.

It is times like these when experienced legal counsel matters the most. Each one of our attorneys takes pride in researching every detail of your case to provide the a wide range options for each client. The attorneys listen to clients to determine your goals and then we work towards achieving them. Attorney Mark Bailey believes so strongly in client centered representation that he gives clients his cell phone number on his business cards.

Police searching for Oklahoma robbery suspects

In the state of Oklahoma, robbery is defined in two degree, first and second. Robbery in the first degree occurs when, in the process of committing a theft, any of these elements occur: serious injury upon a victim; a threat of immediate serious injury; fear of immediate personal injury toward a victim; a felony is committed or a threat of a felony upon a person is made.

When a theft is committed in any other manner that is not listed above, it is categorized as a second degree robbery.

Sony hacking shows dark side of Internet crime

Oklahoma residents may have heard or read about the recent hacking of emails and other documents from Sony Corp. As of this writing, the identity of the hacker or hackers has not yet been determined. Some have speculated that North Korean agents, angered by the upcoming release of a film that portrays their leader in a bad light, may be behind the hacking. Others suspect a domestic hacker. Gossip websites and others have had a field day with hacked embarrassing emails between Sony movie executives in which they insult each other, movie star Angelina Jolie and even President Obama.

However, there was a darker side to the hacking incident. Along with the embarrassing emails and salary information, hackers also apparently stole and made public personal medical information about dozens of Sony employees. Some of this information included private medical records of the employees' spouses and children.

Criminal charges: Naked man attacks woman at apartment complex

Police in Oklahoma City report that they have arrested a man after he attacked a woman while he was naked in an apartment complex. The 32-year-old man was taken into custody late Saturday evening. Police reported to the scene after they received a report that a naked man had broken into the apartment complex and was fighting with residents of the community.

Officers arrived on scene not long after 10 p.m. There, police found the nude man being held to the ground by three individuals.

Oklahoma officer who allegedly assaulted 13 women to go to trial

A hearing in Oklahoma took two days to decide the immediate fate of a police officer, and it just concluded. The result is that the police officer is going to have to go to trial. He has been accused of sexual assault in a number of cases, involving a grand total of 13 different women.

Before the hearing took place, the man was facing 32 different counts. At the conclusion of the hearing, that number had moved up to 36.

NBA player receives harsh punishment due to domestic assault case

You may not have heard of Jeffrey Taylor, a Swedish national who was picked in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft. Taylor's NBA career never really took off, and it will likely take much longer for it to get off the ground now that he has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. Taylor was inebriated in September of this year, and pushed a woman down in a hotel lobby. The woman suffered bruises and other injuries, but she refused medical treatment.

As a result of his actions, Taylor has been suspended 24 games by the NBA. He missed 11 games at the start of this season under an "indefinite" suspension by the NBA, and will miss the next 13 games under the newly released suspension to reach his 24-game punishment. If anything, the NBA's reaction to the NFL's domestic violence controversy has been stark and stern (no pun intended).

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