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Probation and Parole

by admin on March 28, 2012 in Criminal Defense

Probation is a crucial aspect of criminal sentencing in Oklahoma.

Regardless of the reason for a probation, if you violate the terms of the probation or parole it will generally result in spending the duration of the sentence behind bars.

Deferred sentencing and suspended sentencing are the two common types of probation in Oklahoma.

Deferred Sentence
A conviction is postponed pending the successful completion of probation.

If you follow the rules of the probation, the case will be dismissed and no criminal conviction will appear.

Suspended Sentence
All or part of the jail sentence for a conviction is suspended. This means you will spend the time on probation rather than in jail.

If you break the rules in either a deferred sentence or a suspended sentence, you will spend the remainder of your sentence in jail.

Common conditions of Oklahoma parole or probation include:

  • Reporting to a parole officer (for parole or supervised probation)
  • Obeying all laws
  • Inability to leave the state of Oklahoma without prior written permission
  • Not allowed to use or possess drugs or alcohol
  • Not allowed to associate or communicate with others convicted of crimes, serving probation or parole, or with criminal records (excluding immediate family)
  • Pay monthly parole fees
  • Subject to random search and/or urinalysis testing

If you’ve been convicted of sex crimes in Oklahoma, you will face extra restrictions as part of the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration Act.

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