Criminal Defense FAQs
Dealing with criminal charges can be a confusing and often overwhelming experience. Facing charges can impact your reputation, your employment, and your livelihood. A conviction can really have devastating effects on all areas of your life. That is why it’s important to seek out knowledge about the criminal justice system, as well as reach out to skilled legal counsel.
At Military Law Group, my goal is to help you protect your right to a fair defense, no matter what charges you are facing. As experienced criminal defense attorneys, my team and I are proud to serve the people of Tulsa, the Tulsa Metro area, and anywhere else in Oklahoma—including Rogers County, Creek County, and the Creek and Cherokee Nations.
Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Defense
The following questions are common among my clients during consultations. I want to share my answers with you:
Do I have to speak to the police after I’m arrested?
Generally, you have the right to remain silent and not speak to the police after you are arrested. This right is protected by the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which grants you the right against self-incrimination. As a result, you have the right to refuse to answer any questions that might incriminate you. You can—and should—ask for a lawyer to be present during any questioning.
I just want this to go away. Should I accept a plea deal?
If you are facing criminal charges and want the case to go away quickly, you may be tempted to accept a plea deal. However, it is important to understand that accepting a plea deal means admitting guilt to the charges against you. This situation can have long-term consequences, such as a criminal record and potentially impacting future employment, housing, and other opportunities. Before accepting a plea deal, it is important to carefully consider the terms of the deal and consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Felonies are serious crimes typically punishable by more than one year in prison. In some cases, it can result in a life sentence or even the death penalty. Examples of felonies include murder, rape, arson, and grand theft.
On the other hand, misdemeanors are less serious crimes that might be punishable by up to one year in jail, fines, or community service. Examples of misdemeanors include minor drug offenses, disorderly conduct, and traffic violations. No matter the charges you are facing, it’s important to reach out to a skilled lawyer.
If I’m completely innocent, do I still need a lawyer?
Yes. Even if you believe you are completely innocent of the charges against you, having an attorney represent you is still advisable. It is a common misconception that only guilty people need lawyers.
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can help protect your rights, ensure that you receive a fair trial, and help clear your name. They can investigate the case against you, gather evidence and witnesses that support your defense, and challenge the prosecution’s evidence and arguments.
When are police allowed to search my person, vehicle, or home?
The police are generally required to have a warrant or probable cause to search your person or home. However, if you voluntarily consent to a search, the police are allowed to conduct the search without a warrant. Please note that if you are lawfully arrested, the police can search your person and the immediate area around you for evidence.
As for vehicles, the police generally have more leeway to search your car during a traffic stop without needing a warrant, although it depends on the specific situation.
The police didn’t read me my rights. Am I still under arrest?
If you are under arrest and the police did not read you your rights, you are still considered to be under arrest. The failure to read your rights does not necessarily invalidate the arrest itself.
What happens if I’m charged with a crime in Oklahoma but live in another state?
If you are charged with a crime in Oklahoma but live in another state, you will need to address the charges in Oklahoma. Depending on the nature of the charges and the seriousness of the crime, you may be required to appear in court in Oklahoma to answer the charges. If you cannot appear in court in Oklahoma, you may be able to arrange for an attorney to represent you in court.
Do I really need a criminal defense attorney?
Yes. If you have been charged with a crime, it is important to have a criminal defense attorney represent you. A criminal defense attorney can protect your rights, help you navigate the criminal justice system, and work to achieve the best possible outcome for your case.
Criminal cases can be complex and have serious consequences, including fines, jail time, and a criminal record. A compassionate yet assertive attorney can help you understand the charges against you, develop a defense strategy, and represent you in court.
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If you’re facing criminal charges, don’t wait another moment. Set up a consultation with me at Military Law Group to start strategizing your defense.