When someone is charged with a crime in Oklahoma, it is often classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Clearly, this distinction is critical for anyone who faces prosecution, as while being convicted of any crime is a serious problem, facing a felony conviction involves much worse in regards to potential consequences than being convicted of a misdemeanor. Below you’ll find a brief overview of how these charges are defended by Oklahoma criminal defense attorney.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE OF MISDEMEANOR CHARGES IN OKLAHOMA
When a defendant faces prosecution for a misdemeanor, it generally opens up the possibility of a plea bargain. The most stringent penalty a convicted defendant can face in this situation is one year of incarceration in the county jail. Fortunately for defendants, the jails in Oklahoma are over-crowded, and many prosecutors would be willing to negotiate a plea that allows for limited time in jail depending on the nature of the crime. However, if a plea bargain is not possible, any Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer with experience will defend it as vigorously as any other crime.
OKLAHOMA CITY CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER FOR FELONY CHARGES
Felonies are serious crimes in Oklahoma and everywhere else. Those who are convicted of these charges can face substantial time in state prison. Therefore, defending a felony charge depends on the skill and knowledge of Oklahoma criminal defense lawyers to minimize the amount of punishment a defendant faces. This can include earnest efforts at negotiating certain crimes down to a misdemeanor and/or pulling out all stops in order to present a zealous defense of the client at trial.
Whether you are being charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, you face a serious problem. The faster you get started on working towards a solution, the better your chances will be of moving past this situation. Contact the Oklahoma City felony and misdemeanor lawyers at Atkins & Markoff today to schedule an initial consultation.