What Types Of Criminal Cases Does Your Firm Handle In Oklahoma?
Our firm handles mostly DUI. We also handle drug cases, theft, white collar cases, traffic tickets, juvenile matters, burglary, and robbery related crimes.
How Do People Unintentionally Incriminate Themselves Or Hurt Their Pending Case?
One of the main mistakes people make is volunteering information before they are arrested. An officer stops them and before the officer can even ask them a question, they will volunteer information about some illegal activity taking place. We always remind clients that they have the right to remain silent. They definitely should use that most of the time.
Another way people unintentionally incriminate themselves is that they allow the police to stop their vehicle by not having proper tags, insurance, or driver’s license. These smaller infractions can lead to a further search of the vehicle under what’s called an inventory search and that could allow a warrantless search of the vehicle to find any illegal items.
How And When Do Miranda Rights Become Applicable In A Criminal Case?
Miranda is only for when someone is in custody. A lot of times, an officer will fail to arrest someone or they will say that they are not in custody and that they can leave freely, and then begin to ask questions of the individual. Miranda states that you have a right to remain silent and anything you say can and will be used against you. The courts have watered down Miranda tremendously over the last decade, so even when Miranda rights are not conveyed to you properly, there’s inevitable search and other doctrines that allow police to get any information that was provided, without giving Miranda rights.
How Does A Prior Arrest Or Conviction Impact My Current Criminal Case?
In Oklahoma, prior convictions can definitely affect your case. Prior convictions are used for enhancement purposes. DUIs can be enhanced if you had a prior DUI in Oklahoma within 10 years. Drug charges and violent crimes can be enhanced if you have any prior criminal history. It also affects negotiations with the prosecutor. If a person has a prior history of the same crime, it becomes much more difficult, as far as plea negotiations go.
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