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How can a criminal defense attorney help me?

Being charged with a crime can be the end of the line for many. It doesn't have to be that way in your situation. Criminal charges are often dropped, reduced or thrown out for various reasons. The difference between being convicted and having the charges dropped is usually due to the work of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Norman.

The biggest advantage of working with a criminal defense attorney is the fact that he or she will be able to negotiate with the prosecutor on your case. The attorney could either negotiate a reduced charge and sentence or to have the charges thrown out altogether.

Possible defenses to marijuana charges

Facing a criminal charge in Oklahoma does not have to derail your life, even if it's for marijuana possession. Being charged with a drug crime can be difficult to handle and even though it is well within your rights, you should not jeopardize your freedom and decide to represent yourself. Here are some possible defenses to a marijuana charge in Norman.

A common defense used to fight a marijuana charge is that the drugs belonged to someone else. Along these lines, many claim that they had no idea the drugs were either in their home or in their vehicle. A strong criminal defense lawyer will force the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the marijuana belonged to the defendant and not someone else.

Defenses to use against a driving under the influence charge

It's understandable that people make mistakes. Some of those mistakes can be incredibly costly, especially if it involves being charged with driving under the influence (DUI). Being charged with DUI in Oklahoma does not have to mean the end of your freedom. There are defenses you can use to fight the charge.

One of the most common methods used in defending against a DUI charge is challenging the validity of the initial traffic stop. The officer must have a reasonable amount of suspicion that a crime occurred, even the most minor violation of a traffic law, in order to initiate a traffic stop. This can include erratic driving, weaving, speeding, failure to yield, failure to use a turn signal and much more. If you can prove the officer did not have a valid reason to initiate the traffic stop, any evidence found during it can be suppressed using the Fourth Amendment.

A DUI can derail your college plans

With the new semester starting up, you are probably already feeling the pressure of reading requirements, research papers and other projects. However, you may also be feeling pressure from another source. Although it may seem acceptable to relieve your stress with a few beers, the consequences of those good times may haunt you.

If you had a run-in with local or campus law enforcement that resulted in a DUI or other alcohol-related offense, you are likely concerned about how those charges — and potential convictions — may affect your future. Regardless of your course of study or your plans for the future, you have every right to be worried.

Oklahoma man faces murder charge in friend's drug death

The two men were apparently friends with a common interest: heroin. This past summer, they got together a few miles northwest of Norman to get high. The next day, Yukon police officers got a call about an unresponsive man on a porch.

One of the two friends was dead. Now the other friend has been charged with second-degree murder.

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