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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.

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.

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