AARON K. GLOVER

PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF OKLAHOMANS

FELONIES

"He got back to me right away when I had any questions, and appeared early or on time for all my court appearances."

- Jim G.

Aaron Glover

Generally speaking, crimes are divided into two categories which are felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are the more serious category of crime and are generally defined as those crimes which are punishable by death or imprisonment within the state penitentiary. Unlike some states, Oklahoma does not have different classes of felonies. Being convicted of a felony has serious and life altering consequences. Felons cannot vote during the time of their sentence. They also lose their 2nd Amendment right to keep and bear arms and cannot run for public office for 15 years.

Also, a "felon" may never become an executor or administrator of an estate, liquor dealer, funeral director, surveyor, physical therapist, chiropractor, corporate director, bank officer, realtor or bondsman. A "felon" also may just as well forget the professions of law, architecture, accounting, engineering, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, psychology, veterinary science, and nursing, along with a number of other professions.

Plainly speaking, a felony conviction can have negative implications not only during one's sentence, but for the rest of their life. For that reason, you need an attorney with Mr. Glover's experience to make sure your future is protected. Call today to find out how he can help you.

Things to remember if arrested or charged with a felony

  • BE POLITE
    • No one ever helps their case by being rude or aggressive with the police.
  • REMAIN SILENT
    • Rarely does one talk their way out of being arrested. Don't make admissions or respond to accusations.
  • INVOKE YOUR RIGHT TO COUNSEL
    • If arrested, the only statement you should make to the police is that you wish to speak to an attorney.

When you are charged with a Felony, your first court appearance will be an arraignment. This is where you are formally charged by the court and given a copy of the charges against you. With a lawyer present, this takes about 10 minutes. Without a lawyer it can take hours. Following arraignment, your next court appearance will be a preliminary hearing conference. This is when defense attorneys and prosecutors negotiate to determine if they can reach a plea agreement. If not, the next step is a Preliminary Hearing. This hearing is to determine if the state can establish probable cause that a crime was committed and if probable cause exists that the accused is the one who committed the crime. If this is established, the defendant is bound over for trial before a District Judge. At this point, there may be some additional negotiation and a decision is made whether to enter into a plea agreement with the prosecutor, enter a blind plea to a judge, or have a jury trial where the government must prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Ultimately it is the clients decision whether to enter a plea or go to trial. However, Mr Glover will be right by your side advising you and fighting for you every step of the way.