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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IS FAST TRACKED IN OKLAHOMA:

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 7-24-2017

The concept of avoiding prison overcrowding by reformation of the criminal justice system that lands people in jail is a good one, but it has to be done right if it is to have any lasting impact.

 

Measures to minimize sentences for non-violent offenders is a good place to start, and offering substance abuse and mental health rehab rather than sending defendants to jail can result in lower rates of repeat offenders, while giving people the help they need.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IS FAST TRACKED IN OKLAHOMA:

LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 7-24-2017

Earlier this summer Governor Mary Fallin signed a final round of bills calling for reform of Oklahoma’s criminal justice system.

 

Chief among the bills passed are initiatives to help with the problem of prison overcrowding, and lower the overall incarceration rate in the State.

 

These reforms have been in the works for about a year, and many legislators claim the proposals here at home were modeled after similar steps taken in Texas

KEEP TO THE RIGHT, OR GET TICKETED:  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?

LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 7-19-2017

When Oklahoma drivers will have to abide by new laws in November 2017, by using the left lane on a divided highway only for passing, this means you will need to pay extra special attention to your driving habits.

 

You cannot drive over the speed limit to pass, which is also the current law but may seem more difficult to do without use of the left lane on a regular basis.

KEEP TO THE RIGHT OR GET TICKETED: LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 7-19-2017

Come this November if you like to “sit” in the left lane while driving, be prepared for the possibility of getting a ticket. A new restriction will go into effect in November, prohibiting drivers from using the left lane on a divided highway, unless they are passing a vehicle on the right.

 

As the law stands currently, you may drive in the left hand lane as long as you are not impeding the flow of traffic

DUI LAWS: LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 7-9-2017

Once this law becomes effective we will all need to be vigilant in how it is applied. It is crucial to safeguard the constitutional rights of every citizen, but we also have to make sure the laws approved by our Legislature are properly applied.

 

The law does include severe punishments for refusal to take a breath test, but also gives defendants the right to participate in a DPS Driver Accountability Program and have an interlock device installed in their car, or have the Court decide whether a DUI charge should stick.

DRUG LAWS: LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 7-9-2017

Now that you know the drug laws have been changed as far as how things are classified, as either a misdemeanor or a felony, and what types of changes to expect, we are sure you have questions.

 

What remains to be seen are how some of the following questions will be answered…

DUI LAWS: LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 7-2-2017

Prior to the passing of Senate Bill 643 those suspected of DUI were not required to take a breath test. But on November 1, 2017 when this new law goes into effect, that will no longer be the law.

 

One of the most damaging parts of this law is that for those that refuse the test, jail time will be mandatory.

DRUG LAWS: LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 7-2-2017

When it comes to rankings, Oklahoma is up there for the number of citizens who go to jail. The kicker is that the number of incarcerated Oklahomans is highest for those who have committed a non-violent crime.

 

The numbers are also high when looking at the total number of female inmates, as well as African American prisoners. To some, these numbers were alarming enough to push for substantial change to our criminal justice system.

DUI LAWS: LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 6-25-2017

State Bill 643, set to take effect on November 1, 2017 has two main changes to the way DUI suspects are treated.

 

As it is now, if you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI you have the right to refuse to take a breath test.

 

But after November 1 that will no longer be the case.

DRUG LAWS-LEGAL TIP OF THE WEEK 6-25-17

When it comes to rankings, Oklahoma is up there for the number of citizens who go to jail. The kicker is that the number of incarcerated Oklahomans is highest for those who have committed a non-violent crime.

 

The numbers are also high when looking at the total number of female inmates, as well as African American prisoners. To some, these numbers were alarming enough to push for substantial change to our criminal justice system.

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