Introduction

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Sentencing in Oklahoma is a practical compendium of sentencing law and procedure intended for judges, attorneys, and others interested in Oklahoma criminal law. This work analyzes sentencing procedures and non-capital punishments for a large number of crimes regularly prosecuted in Oklahoma. The 4th print edition (2019-20) incorporates the important sentencing changes adopted by the Legislature in 2019, as well as a summary of recent case law.

The text uses certain informal math and citation conventions rather than legalese and Bluebook style. Standard math symbols for less than (<) or equal to (≤), and greater than (>) or equal to (≥), have been substituted for statutory language such as “not exceeding”, “not to exceed,” “within,” or “not more [or less, as the case may be] than” x.

Citations to US Supreme Court and Oklahoma cases will give the official US Reports (U.S.) and OSCN citations for easy location on oscn.net, Google Scholar for Oklahoma Criminal Cases, or other web services. In citations, the ever present “State” is shortened to “St.” The prosecution throughout is simply the “DA,” i.e., the district attorneys or their assistants. Guilty pleas include pleas of nolo contendere, or “no contest.”

This work was conceived as an ongoing effort to present and analyze current law. It conceives of the sentence as the legal penalty, and generally does not address matters outside the direct relation between sentencers and offenders, such as miscellaneous court costs, revolving funds for fees, specific rehabilitation or treatment programs, agency or corrections bureaucracies, and so forth.

Because of its practical objectives, this book offers little treatment of crimes for which no one has been prosecuted in several years, nor does it incorporate new criminal statutes unlikely to impact everyday criminal practice. A reliable synthesis of current, reasonably relevant criminal statutes and case law, providing the most useful information in the fewest pages, is the aim of this work. Imperfections and omissions are inevitable. Corrections are welcome and humbly appreciated.

Thanks for your support of this project! Please email me your comments, suggestions, and errata.

Bryan Lester Dupler Norman, OK, June, 2019