Oklahoma City Criminal Defense FAQ
The legal process can seem complicated if you’ve never been charged with a criminal offense before. You may be hesitant to hire legal representation or challenge your crimes in court, especially if you think you’re guilty of the crime and you may not win. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions regarding criminal defense cases below to help ease your worries.
If you happen to have other questions related to criminal defense, you can contact Talley, Turner, Stice & Bertman directly and discuss your specific case in a no-obligation consultation. We’d be happy to address any of your additional concerns. Call us now at 405-467-2858 to schedule your first consultation.
What Rights Do I Have After Being Arrested?
After being arrested, the police should read you your Miranda rights. You have the right to remain silent, and anything you say can be used against you in court. You also have the right to hire a lawyer, because you’re not yet convicted of a crime. A lawyer can also be appointed to you by the court if you wish. Lastly, you don’t have to answer any questions from the police that you don’t want to answer.
Is It Necessary To Hire An Attorney For A Misdemeanor?
It’s always your choice whether you want to hire legal representation; however, it’s highly recommended to hire a lawyer, even if your charge is a misdemeanor, because a misdemeanor can still remain on your record and come with jail time and hefty fines. Hiring an Oklahoma City lawyer will often increase the likelihood that your charges will be reduced or dismissed.
Can I Get A Conviction Removed From My Record?
Oklahoma has expungement laws in place that allow criminal charges to be removed from your permanent record after a certain period of time; however, the time varies for each specific case. For misdemeanor charges, the waiting period is usually five years before charges can be expunged, and for nonviolent felony charges, the waiting period is seven years.