Ponca City Legal Blog

How a minor distraction can cause a major truck accident

Most residents of Ponca City, Stillwater and the surrounding areas probably have heard about how dangerous distracted driving is and may have even experienced the dangers of distracted driving firsthand after getting cut off on the highway by an inattentive driver who was texting and driving or simply talking on the cell phone.

What is important for people to realize, though, is that even a split second of distraction can spell the difference between a major motor vehicle accident and just an ordinary day on the road. The reason is a matter of science.

What are the penalties for marijuana possession in Oklahoma?

More states are taking steps to reform or totally change their laws about marijuana. While marijuana is still federally considered a Schedule I substance, meaning the government does not recognize any medical uses of the substance and believes it has a strong potential for abuse, many states are looking at it in a different manner. Oklahoma simply isn't one of those states.

While there may be other states with harsher penalties than Oklahoma, that doesn't mean you shouldn't take the potential for marijuana drug charges very seriously. Both law enforcement and criminal courts will consider a possession offense a serious crime. If you plead guilty or end up convicted of a marijuana possession charge, the penalties could include jail time and a fine.

OSU student in legal hot water after night on town

A man who just reached legal drinking age and who is a student at Oklahoma State in Stillwater is facing a serious felony assault charge after what probably started as a fun night on the town. The man also is accused of public intoxication.

According to reports, the man had been removed from a local bar and was trying to get back in. An employee of the bar, a bouncer, denied the man entry in to the bar. The bouncer called police after the man allegedly wielded a knife and threatened the bouncer, saying that the bouncer was "going to die."

I'm an airline pilot and I got arrested for DUI

A drunk driving conviction can create problems for airline pilots. In fact, an accusation or arrest relating to drunk driving could lead to the derailment of a pilot's career.

You might, for example, suffer an immediate suspension following a DUI arrest, and this could eventually lead to your termination. However, even if you were convicted of DUI, it doesn't mean that you'll never fly as a commercial pilot again.

What is the legal effect of my consenting to a search?

Because of the federal and state constitutions, the police in Oklahoma are not allowed to search homes, vehicles and other private property and belongings just because they want to check and see if anything is amiss. Instead, they must either have a search warrant or some legal authority that provide they do not a warrant under the circumstances.

However, police are quite adept at getting those they confront to agree to let them search their vehicles and other belongings. Residents of Ponca City, like most other people, are generally willing to do what police ask, in part because they want to stay out of trouble or because they think they will get a better deal at the end of the day.

Man facing felony charges after deadly car accident

An Oklahoma man is facing serious charges after he was involved in a fatal accident that happened just north of the Stillwater area.

Police who investigated the accident arrested the man at the scene of the head-on collision, accusing him of being drunk at the time of the wreck. Police say they smelled alcohol on the man's breath when they arrived at the scene of the accident and that he was also exhibiting other behavior indicating drunkenness, such as bloodshot eyes and the appearance of being drowsy and not all with it. The man agreed to take a blood test, and the results of that test are pending.

Getting legal help after a slip-and-fall

A previous post on this blog discussed the most common causes of slip-and-fall accidents that might take a person visiting the home or business of another by surprise.

While one hopes that the end result of one of these accidents is simply a bruise and some feelings of embarrassment, in many cases, these types of accidents are quite serious and lead to a person needing ongoing treatment for broken bones or other significant injuries.

Top causes of indoor slip-and-fall accidents

When walking indoors, you never expect to run into trouble. Instead, you assume that there won't be anything on the floor that can lead you to fall. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

Indoor slip-and-fall accidents are more common than many people believe. From office buildings to supermarkets to shopping malls, you never know if you could find yourself lying on the ground and wondering what the heck just happened!

Constructive possession doctrine might trap the unwary

Many people in Stillwater and Ponca City probably have friends or even relatives who do drugs from time to time. Even though this behavior may be illegal, it's understandable why people may still choose to hang around the people they like, even if they choose to get high.

However, those who choose to be around drugs, even if they don't intend to use them, take a significant legal risk about which they should be aware. Specifically, police Oklahoma are allowed to arrest people, and prosecutors are allowed to charge people, based on a theory of what is called constructive possession.

Any Oklahoman can be charged with a crime

Some people in Ponca City and Stillwater who have had the blessings of living a prosperous life with a lot of opportunities may have the stereotypical image of a criminal as someone who is usually penniless, jobless, without education and strung out on drugs.

In reality, though, anyone can find himself or herself facing criminal charges, no matter what their background is. The truth of the matter is that state can and does file charges against people whom society thinks of as well-educated and having it together, and previous posts on this blog allude to this fact.