Trusted & Effective Criminal Defense Attorneys in Ada, OK

If you have been charged with a crime, it is vital you have legal representation you can count on. A criminal conviction can have significant negative consequences on your future. Whether this is your first offense or you have a prior arrest record, you will be facing the prospect of hefty fines, restrictions on your rights, probation, and even jail or prison time.

To help guide you through these penalties, you need a knowledgeable attorney on your side who will fight on your behalf. Our legal team has handled hundreds of criminal cases. We focus on keeping our clients out of jail. We will make sure your rights aren’t violated and provide the best possible defense for your case.

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Felony Procedure

When a person is charged with a felony in the state of Oklahoma, they can expect the following procedure which may vary somewhat from court to court:

  • Arrest – The defendant is arrested and taken to jail. Usually within 48 hours of arrest, the person will appear in front of a judge for informal arraignment.
  • Informal Arraignment – At this stage, the judge tells the defendant the charges the state has alleged. Usually bond is set, although for serious felonies, there may be a special bond hearing.
  • Bond Hearing – The Court will determine whether the defendant is eligible to be released on bail and what amount bond should be set.
  • Preliminary Hearing Conference – This conference is scheduled to allow the defendant's attorney and the State's attorney to discuss the case. The State will reveal its recommendation for sentencing if the defendant chooses to enter a plea of guilty.
  • Preliminary Hearing – This is usually the first major hearing in a felony case. The State must prove there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed a crime. This hearing is conducted in front of a judge only; there is no jury. If the Court finds there is probable cause to continue the case, then the defendant is "bound over for trial."
  • Evidentiary Hearings – The defendant's attorney may specially set hearings to suppress certain evidence or to dismiss certain charges. These hearings are presented to a judge who determines whether the evidence should be admitted into the case against the defendant.
  • Formal Arraignment – For the majority of defendants, this marks the final hearing in their case.  Most cases are either dismissed or settled at formal arraignment. The cases that proceed past this point generally go on to trial.
  • Trial – In a felony case a defendant has the right to a trial by jury. The defendant can choose to waive this right and try the case to the judge.

Proven Results in Criminal Defense Cases from the Law Offices of James R. Neal, PLLC

We're Here to Fight for You and Your Rights

The criminal process can be very complicated and stressful. At the Law Offices of James R. Neal, PLLC, we take pride in keeping our clients informed during the entire process, and letting them know their options and what would be best for their situation.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, including anything related to alcohol, drugs, or crime of violence, reach out to our Oklahoma attorneys at the Law Offices of James R. Neal, PLLC for aggressive and experienced legal representation.

We understand that bad things happen to good people. We'll be with you every step of the way. You won't face this hard time alone.

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters, and electronic mail.