Criminal Justice

No-knock warrants: a primer

It seems to me that no-knock warrants are a policy directly contradicting the policy behind self-defense laws like the Castle Doctrine and “stand your ground laws.”

Ryan Haynie
September 29, 2020
Criminal Justice

COVID-19 rate up in prisons, but few get sick

In recent weeks, COVID-19 rates have surged in Oklahoma prisons, contributing significantly to higher overall rates in many counties across the state. But even as infection rates surged in prisons, resulting sickness from the virus has been minimal.

Ray Carter
September 22, 2020
Criminal Justice

Does SQ 805 allow criminals to break into your home with impunity?

“Property crime” is an umbrella term that encompasses everything from destruction of property to robbery to embezzlement. Because SQ 805 would apply to many property crimes, it’s not uncommon for people to get confused about what that means.

Ryan Haynie
September 10, 2020
Criminal Justice

Myth vs. Fact: SQ 805 and sexual crimes

As it turns out, child prostitution and human trafficking are included on the list of violent offenses. They remain untouched by SQ 805.

Ryan Haynie
September 4, 2020
Criminal Justice

Myth vs. Fact: SQ 805 and domestic violence

Each criminal law typically provides a sentencing range. In Oklahoma, a separate law allows “sentence enhancements” that can result in sentences much longer than the original range for many crimes—sometimes up to life in prison—if a person has prior convictions.

Ryan Haynie
August 31, 2020