How are crimes in Oklahoma classified? There are two types of classification: felonies and misdemeanors. A felony is punishable by serving a year or more in prison and payment of a fine. If convicted of certain felonies, a defendant may also face the death penalty. In contrast, a misdemeanor is punishable by serving less than a year in jail and payment of a fine. The fine is generally less than $500. A defendant facing a misdemeanor is not subject to the death penalty.
There are a variety of crimes that can be classified as a misdemeanor in the state of Oklahoma. Misdemeanors are grouped in major categories. A major category is the one that includes drug and alcohol-related offenses in the state. Several crimes against children like child abuse and enabling child neglect are also classified as misdemeanors. Anyone who tries to evade or obstruct an officer may be charged with a misdemeanor.
Probably the largest category of misdemeanors are those that involve property offenses. Check fraud, damage to property and different degrees of theft and larceny are in this category. The final category on the list of Oklahoma misdemeanors are firearms.
Depending on the crime that a defendant has been convicted of, an individual may be eligible for expungement in the state of Oklahoma. There are two types: deferred sentence and complete. A deferred sentence expungement is available when an individual completes probation under a deferred sentence agreement. The case will be sealed and no conviction will occur. Complete expungement occurs after a conviction and arrest have already happened. This may be available for those convicted of misdemeanors or felonies.