While the Oklahoma legislature is currently in recess, they are still working on topics for the next session, which begins in February. One issue being studied during this recess is the effect of the 85 Percent Law. The 85 Percent Law was enacted in 1999 and requires individuals convicted of certain felonies to serve at least 85 percent of their sentence before being eligible for release. If you have been charged with any of these crimes, contact our experienced Oklahoma defense attorneys at once to discuss your case.
OKLAHOMA CRIMINAL PENALTIES AND PUNISHMENT FOR FELONIES
Since the 85 Percent Law was enacted, the legislature has added several offenses to the list of 85 Percent Crimes. There are now twenty-one crimes on the list. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has also reported that the 85 Percent Law is a large reason why the state’s prison population is continuing to grow. While it is too early to know what sort of reforms may come out of the next legislative session, one thing that is certain is that Oklahoma’s laws are always changing.
THE “85 PERCENT” CRIMES IN OKLAHOMA
First degree murder
Second degree murder
Poisoning with intent to kill
Shooting with intent to kill
Assault with intent to kill
Robbery with a dangerous weapon
First degree robbery
First degree rape
First degree arson
First degree burglary
Lewd molestation of a child
Abuse of a vulnerable adult
Aggravated assault and battery upon any person defending another person
If you or some one you love has been arrested or charged with an “85 Percent Crime,” call the attorneys at Atkins & Markoff. The criminal defense attorneys at Atkins & Markoff have years of experience with defending all types of criminal charges. They stay on top of Oklahoma’s changing laws and will work tirelessly to get the best result possible for you.