Oklahoma City Municipal Court Defense Lawyer
Oklahoma City Municipal Court has jurisdiction over criminal misdemeanor violations of the Oklahoma City Municipal Code occurring within the corporate limits of the City of Oklahoma City. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in the Municipal Court of Oklahoma City, you will need an experienced attorney who is familiar with the municipal process.
The most common municipal offenses include, but are not limited to:
- DUI, DWI, MIP
- Public Drunkenness
- Disorderly Conduct
- Assault & Battery
- Possessing Marijuana
- Drug Paraphernalia Violations
- Public Indecency
Penalties for Municipal Violations
The severity of penalties for municipal violations depends on the classification of the misdemeanor offense. All violations of the Oklahoma City Municipal Code are classified as either Class “A” or Class “B” offenses:
- Fine not exceeding $500.00 and
- Courts costs/fees.
- Up to 6 months imprisonment in city jail and/or
- Fine not exceeding $1,200.00 and
- Court costs/fees.
Municipal Court Procedure: Jury Division
1. Arraignment: Scheduled approximately twenty-eight (28) days after arrest. If you are represented by an attorney, your attorney may file an Entry of Appearance before the arraignment date and obtain a disposition docket date, thus bypassing arraignment (which saves you time).
2. Disposition Call Docket: Scheduled approximately fourteen (14) days after arraignment. At this hearing, the defendant must either dispose of the case or set the case for the Non-Jury Trial Call Docket or the Jury Call Docket.
3. Non-Jury/Jury Call Docket: The purpose of the Non-Jury/Jury Call Docket is to formally announce readiness for trial or to enter a plea. This is the last chance for a defendant to enter a plea of guilty in a plea agreement with the City of Oklahoma City.
4. Trial: If your case proceeds to trial, you will need an experienced trial lawyer to litigate your cause. The City of Oklahoma City has the burden to prove each and every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
Oklahoma City Municipal Court Is Serious Business!
Most city attorneys throughout the State of Oklahoma are part-time prosecutors who are mainly concerned with disposing cases quickly and generating revenue for the city. The Oklahoma City Municipal Court, on the other hand, is a criminal court of record and the Oklahoma City Municipal Counselor and his assistants have the same authority as assistant district attorneys. As such, the worst thing you can do is underestimate Oklahoma City Municipal Court. If you have been charged with a municipal offense, contact my law office at (405) 519-3796 to schedule a consultation.