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Tips on Going to Criminal Court in Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow, Glenpool, Others

Tips on Going to Criminal Court in Tulsa, Bixby, Broken Arrow,
Glenpool, and Others.
By Glen R. Graham, Criminal Defense Attorney, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Phone: 918-583-4621

Here are the things you can do to help yourself in any criminal court case or traffic case or drunk driving, dui, dwi, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, or drug charges in any court:
You are going to need a criminal defense attorney so go ahead and contact a good criminal defense attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  My information is listed above.  A good criminal defense attorney can provide you with solid legal advice and obtain copies of the police report in your case and investigate your case for any flaws or mistakes  and file appropriate motions to suppress evidence and request for discovery.  Also, an attorney can help you obtain a temporary drivers license.  Some judges may require you to submit to a urine test for drugs at the court house if you are on probation and have an application to revoke or accelerate your probation to see if you violated probation.   This might be a good reason not to post bond on an application to revoke or accelerate probation because the judge will not do a drug test on you if you are in custody.  Some judges may require you to pass a urine test for drugs before they will consider allowing you to have probation and some judges will require you to have a drug and alcohol assessment before granting probation.

Bring the proper documentation

During your court trial, you or your attorney will have the opportunity to explain the facts of your case to the judge.   If you have proof of insurance or any relevant documentation, then you should provide it to your attorney.  You may want to obtain a drug and alcohol assessment.  In some cases, you may have medical or mental reports which might lessen the severity of the punishment and you should provide your attorney with copies of these reports.

Do not be late to court and do not miss a court date
Be on time to court. Leave early. There is limited parking space around the court house. Also, there is a lot of road construction going on right now which can cause you to be delayed. If you are reading this blog, then you should be able to use either mapquest or the google maps function to pull up the directions to the court house in Tulsa, Oklahoma, or other court houses. The address to the Tulsa County Court House is 500 S. Denver Ave., Tulsa, Oklahoma. Next door is the court for the municipal court of the city of Tulsa. The address of the Municipal Court - City of Tulsa is 600 Civic Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Do not miss a court date.  In a criminal case, not appearing for court may result in the court issuing a bench warrant for your arrest and may result in the suspension of your drivers license. You may also be held in contempt of court and/or prosecuted for jumping bond.

Go to the correct courtroom

Make sure you know which court you must appear in.  You can ask the information desk or the guard at the metal detector for directions.  You should find out the location and directions to the court house ahead of time so that you will not be late to court.

Dress appropriately

You should try to dress like you are innocent or at least show proper respect to the court.  You may not be allowed to enter certain court rooms if you are in SHORTS or TANK TOPS or SWIMSUITS or inappropriate attire.  Non-prescription dark glasses and hats must be removed once you enter the courtrooms.

Proper conduct is important

Please turn off your cellular phones and other electronic devices while inside the court room.  Your cell phone may be confiscated if it goes off inside the court room.  Smoking is not allowed in any public area of the court buildings. When court is in session, you should refrain from reading, talking, chewing gum, listening to personal radios, making distracting noises or any other inappropriate conduct.   The walls have ears and your voice may echo in the hallways which have no carpeting and your conversations may be over-heard by other people who you may not want to hear your conversation.

Several of the court buildings have metal detectors at their entrances

The purpose of the metal detectors is to provide protection for the public and court personnel. Any object which could be classified as illegal contraband such as illegal drugs or paraphernalia or  weapons, including pocketknives, cannot be brought into the building and will be confiscated by the Sheriff's Office until you leave the building.  Illegal weapons and/or drugs will be confiscated.

Phone calls may be recorded and you should always lock your cell phone

It is common practice now for all of the jails to record all conversations between the inmate and anyone else and this evidence may be used in court.  Your cell phone contains your personal information and you should have it locked with a secret password and never divulge this password to any law enforcement officer.  It is very common now to have the victim to call the suspect and to secretly record the conversation with the suspect.  Never admit to anything over the telephone with anyone.  Assume the telephone call is being secretly recorded.

How to Win Your Criminal Case?

How to Win Your Criminal Case

By Glen R., Graham, Attorney at Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Criminal Defense Attorney Tulsa, OK  Phone:  918-583-4621

      Each criminal case is different but you normally start by hiring an attorney.  How you choose the right attorney says alot about you.  To properly research the attorney you are going to hire, you will want to know certain information.  People assume that the lawyer with a nice advertisement is experienced and has been practicing law for many years  able to go to jury trial on their case if they need the lawyer to go to trial.  This is not true.  Some lawyers will openly tell you that they do not go to trial on cases and some lawyers will withdraw in your case if you request a jury trial.  You need to ask the lawyer before you hire them if they are willing and able to try your case, if you need a jury trial.  Some lawyers have certain disabilities that may prevent them from doing a jury trial.  You should meet the lawyer in person in their office before you hire them so that you can determine for yourself if that is the right lawyer for your case.  Some lawyers want to meet you on the spare of the moment at the court house and then you may feel pressure to hire them because you did not take the time to shop around for the best lawyer for your case. When hiring a lawyer you are hiring someone to represent you in court and this is a very personal and extremely important matter and your freedom may depend upon the quality of the attorney that you employ.

      There are many new lawyers who have only been practicing law a few months or a year or so and some have never gone to jury trial on a case.  Some lawyers will not tell you this information unless you specifically ask:  When were you admitted to practice law?  How many jury trials have you done?  If you are good at using a search engine like or then you could research the criminal defense attorney to see what the date of admission to practice law and information concerning jury trials or other information about the lawyer.   Some former prosecutors seem to secretly want to go back to being prosecutors and do not join any of the criminal defense organizations dedicated to defending people such as the Tulsa Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, the Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, or the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.  Some lawyers are not members of the better business bureau and do not respond to criticism or do not properly respond to client needs.  Some lawyers will not help you obtain a drivers license when you have a dui case and do not advise you regarding license matters on dui cases.  I will do my best to advise and assist you in regard to your license matter on dui cases.

I have practiced law for over 25 years, I am a member of criminal defense organizations, and I have never been a prosecutor, and I am a member of the better business bureau, although I would prefer clients communicate directly with me at (918) 583-4621 or email:  or otherwise and my website is

Funny Lawyer Ads

Funny Lawyer Ads

by Glen R. Graham, Attorney at Law, Tulsa, OK  (918) 583-4621

     As an attorney with over 25 years experience practicing law, I have seen some funny advertisements for lawyers or by lawyers.  I have laughed at the humor and sometimes shook my head in disbelief!  Lawyers are like cats and very independent and sometimes playful, funny, and/or serious.  Their ads are amusing and funny and full of marketing pitches.

     Some advertisements by lawyers say the lawyer is "honest and aggressive."  Don't most people assume that the lawyer is "honest?" Have the reputations of lawyers sunk so low that now lawyers have to advertise that they are "honest?"  Is it really a selling point or good marketing strategy to claim to be more "honest" than other lawyers?  Indirectly, is the lawyer thereby indicating that other lawyers are not honest?  Does such advertising indirectly perpetuate negative stereo-types and diminish the image of the profession?

     Aggressiveness in a lawyer is not necessarily a good quality either.  I think intelligence and firmness  or strength of spirit might be more important qualities than "aggressiveness."  Yet, some lawyers advertise that they are "aggressive" as if to imply that other lawyers are wishy-washy unprincipled fools who do not have the strength of their convictions to stand up for what they believe.  Lawyers advertising "aggressiveness" often do not define by what they mean by aggression.  Does aggressiveness imply that they are disrespectful to Judges and other attorneys and to their own clients?  It makes you wonder, doesn't it?

     What qualities should people seek in a good lawyer?  Intelligence, friendliness, ability to communicate effectively, experience, knowledge of the law, compassion, technical and professional competence, reputation, trial experience, negotiation skills, eye contact, personal and professional qualities that produce good results, other factors?  Shouldn't a person have a right to expect that their lawyer is "honest" without the lawyer advertising that he or she is "honest?"  

     What does the advertisement by the lawyer indirectly say about that lawyer's own attitudes?

Buyer Beware - Lawyer Advertising and Letters by Criminal Defense Attorneys in Tulsa, Oklahoma

by Glen R. Graham - Criminal Defense Attorney, Tulsa, OK
Phone (918) 583-4621  or (918) 260-8184          
        It is now common practice for some lawyers to mail advertisements to people who have been arrested.  Some of the letters proclaim how much the lawyer CARES!!! Does the lawyer imply that other lawyers don’t care and that they are the only ones who care?  That is not true.  Why does anyone need to say they care if they really care?   Some letters are from lawyers that are relatively new to the practice of criminal law, but they have decided to switch from a civil practice to a criminal practice even though they have never tried a criminal case.  Some of the letters are from lawyers who will not state that they have only been practicing law a few months or a year or two. 
        If the letter fails to state length of practice – BUYER BEWARE!!!  Some letters are from lawyers who are not in the phone book and not on the Internet – BUYER BEWARE!!! Too many letters are from lawyers who do not have a real personal office and use conference rooms to meet people or try to meet you in the hallway at the court house or at a restaurant.  Super cheap lawyers making outrageous extreme promises  cannot  deliver.  A long time ago, some lawyers told stories about people sharing a phone booth for a telephone and now the modern equivalent would be five to twenty lawyers sharing a small office space and conference room or not even having an office and just meeting people in court.  There is a movie called the "Lincoln Lawyer" about a lawyer who meets his clients in his lincoln automobile and has a chaufer.  An office may not be a necessity but it is more professional and most people expect a good lawyer to have an office.
        In response to mail out letters, some lawyers have chosen to respond with their own mail-out advertisement advising the potential client of the questionable practice of hiring someone based on an advertisement without doing any kind of research on that person.  Hiring an attorney with no phone in the phone book who has never tried a case or has only tried one case could be a costly mistake!  You should always do some kind of research before hiring anyone!  Buyer beware!!!
        I have practiced law for over 25 years and I have handled  numerous Misdemeanor – Felony cases.  If you are charged with a criminal offense, you should hire an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights.    I  offer  some  Payment  Plans   or  Visa / Master Charge.   I am an honest attorney and a member of the Tulsa Better Business Bureau (BBB)  and  I will work hard to keep you out of jail and to win your case or get the best deal available.  I have the experience to aggressively fight your case all the way through trial or to obtain the best plea bargain.

          Some  people  spend  more time shopping for groceries than they do     picking an attorney! Meeting a total stranger at the court house and   handing them money to represent you is not the best way to hire an       attorney.  A real lawyer should want to meet you in their  real private office. 

Super cheap lawyers that  make  outrageous extreme promises  cannot deliver on their false promises and extreme lies.

Some lawyers may not be able to try your case because of many issues and you need to carefully consider which lawyer you hire.  You want a lawyer to finish your case and not withdraw using some made up excuse or who has problems.

          Some lawyers have serious personal  problems and if you met them in person before the court date, you might not hire them, so they try to meet you in court so you are stuck with them!  You should  meet a REAL lawyer before the court date in their REAL OFFICE if they have one?  Blind dates seldom work out.

          Who has the right mind set to represent defendants  -  Defense Attorneys  or  Prosecutors?  A former prosecutor who has decided to do a 180 degree change in philosophy and to go from incarcerating people and putting people in jail to now attempting to defend people is making a giant leap in mental attitude.  You need a Defense Attorney to defend you and not a prosecutor!  Does the so called defense attorney belong to any of the major organizations committed to defending people such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL),  Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (OCDLA),  and the Tulsa Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA).   Some criminal attorneys or former prosecutors do not join criminal defense organizations or will not participate.  

          Is the lawyer a member of the Better Business Bureau? (BBB)    I  am.

          Some bondsman may refer people to specific attorneys for super quick guilty pleas  so they can write another bond and you should be careful about any referrals.

          My fee on any case is negotiable and it is based upon the amount of time and work and other factors.   You need  direct  honest  answers, give me a call so we can schedule an appointment for you to come to my office at  (918)  583-4621  or  (918) 260-8184
If you find anything in this communication to be inaccurate or misleading, you may report the same by writing to the General Counsel of the Oklahoma Bar Assoc., PO Box 53036, Oklahoma City, OK 73152 or by calling 1-800-522-8065.

New Oklahoma DUI and APC and Drunk Driving Implied Consent Law

By Glen R. Graham - Criminal Defense Attorney - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Phone: 918-260-8184 -

Choice: YOU ONLY HAVE - 15 days from date of arrest to request alternative either a hearing on your license or a modified driver’s license. It takes about 20 to 45 days for DPS to send a letter either agreeing to a modified license or setting it for a hearing. They will usually send a temporary license – piece of paper to drive on till the date of the hearing or for a short time for you to complete the paper-work for a modified license if you want it in place of a hearing.

NOTE:   New DPS policy is to treat all  ALTERNATIVE requests for hearing or work permit as a request for a hearing only.  So, you need to specify if you want a hearing or if you want the work permit - modified license in place of the hearing.

Choice: About 30-45 days after your request then DPS sends a letter and you can pay for a modified license for the whole period of revocation and not lose a license to drive by paying DPS a modified (work permit) license fee of $175 for a modified license and get an interlock installed – about $75 per month and not lose your license. OR IN THE ALTERNATIVE by paying additional attorney fees you can have a hearing on your license challenging the procedures – if you lose the hearing then the only way to get a license is by appealing which will require payment of additional court costs and appeal fees but if you win then you get your license back.

DRIVING PRIVILEGE REVOCATION: Effective November 1, 2011 or thereafter: Ignition Interlock Requirements

DUI or APC or Revocation:
1st Revocation – Any refusal or failure of the breath test with a BAC of .15 or higher - requires interlock for 6 months modified license (work permit) and then must have interlock for 18 months thereafter on the normal license with interlock. That is 6 months plus 18 months which is a total of 24 months - for a interlock device at $75 dollars per month.

1st Revocation - Any failure of the breath test with .08 to 15 BAC requires an interlock only during the 6 months of the modified license (work permit) and no interlock after that. Modified license only for 6 months BUT license suspended if fail to provide proof of completion of all requirements within 6 months + pay reinstatement fee.

2nd Revocation OR DUI or APC – Any refusal or failure of breath test of .08 BAC or higher requires an interlock for 1 year during (modified license) and then for 4 years an interlock device for a total of 1 years plus 4 years = 5 years with an interlock device.

If you accept the modified license (work permit) then it is 1 year interlock plus 4 years after that.

3rd Revocation is for 3 years or more - Any refusal or failure of the breath test .08 or higher then must have interlock for 3 years (modified license) and then for 5 years after that for a total of 3 years pluse 5 years = 8 years with an interlock device.