If you are facing criminal charges, then you probably have many questions you've never considered until now.
Below is a listing of the most frequently asked questions our office receives.
If your question is not address below, please do not hesitate to call and speak to one of our highly qualified staff members.
If I am being investigated but I've yet to be criminally charged, do I need a lawyer?
Short answer, yes. You have the right to have a lawyer present during questioning by investigators. Even if you think it is no big deal, the police do not share the same view.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony criminal charge?
In Oklahoma, a misdemeanor is a crime that carries up to one year in the county jail. Misdemeanor crimes can be prosecuted in city, state and federal courts. Felony crimes are punishable by death or imprisonment in the state penitentiary. These may be prosecuted in state or federal court. Certain misdemeanor convictions can have long term life implications. All Felony convictions carry serious consequences.
What is the difference between a deferred sentence and a suspended sentence?
A deferred sentence and a suspended sentence are both sentences in Oklahoma that result in probation. In Oklahoma, a deferred sentence is not considered a conviction for most purposes. A suspended sentence is a conviction, but it means you serve no jail or reduced jail time.
What criminal charges can be expunged?
There is no short answer to this question. Every situation is different. Please contact us and we will let you know if you are eligible for an expungement.
If I have or get a deferred sentence, is that considered a conviction?
In most cases, no. However, if your crime was a drug crime, a deferred may be used against you in future cases.
Do I have to talk to police?
It depends on the nature of your contact with police. If you are being interrogated and accused of a crime, you have the right to remain silent. We suggest you use it. If you are being contacted as a possible witness, at a minimum you should identify yourself to police.
If my other lawyer screwed things up, can you help me now?
We might be able to. Each case has its own set of facts and circumstances. Give us a call today and we will let you know what we can do.
Scott Adams is Oklahoma's preeminent criminal defense attorney. Adams has been successfully representing Oklahoman's for 28-years. When you find yourself facing criminal charges, you need the best defense. You need the best Oklahoma lawyer. You need Scott Adams.