Violent crime increasing in Oklahoma?

Recently, the FBI released statistics on violent crime in the U.S. in 2016.

The report points to Oklahoma having seen an increase in violent crime that year. Specifically, it noted a 5.4 percent increase in such crime in the state as compared to the prior year.

The report also indicated that the size of the violent crime increase in Oklahoma in 2016 exceeded the regional average and the national average. Reportedly, the year-over-year increases for the South region (the region Oklahoma is in) and the U.S. as a whole were only 3.5 percent and 4 percent respectively.

Do you think 2017, once it is completed, will show similar trends in Oklahoma? What impacts do you think these trends are having on how law enforcement in the state acts?

Among the things that have the potential to greatly change an Oklahoman's life is being accused of a violent crime. There are many different types of violent crime charges that can be brought in the state. They vary greatly in their severity and the punishments a conviction on them would carry.

So, the precise stakes in violent crime cases can vary quite a bit. So too can the options those accused of such crimes have for fighting the charges in their case. What such options are available in a given case can be influenced by a lot of things, including: the specifics of the allegations, what evidence is being presented in the case and how the evidence the prosecution is presenting in the case was obtained.

Given this, getting a full picture of one's situation and options from a skilled defense attorney can be important when deciding how to respond to allegations of having committed a violent crime here in Oklahoma.

Source: News9, "FBI Report Shows Violent Crime Is Up In OK," Sept. 26, 2017

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