OUR PRIORITY IS TO PROTECT
YOUR FUTURE AND YOUR FREEDOM
WE CARE ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF YOUR CASE
You do not have to handle your criminal offense accusation alone. Shelton Law Firm recognizes that each client and their case is unique, and we will do everything in our power to vigorously protect our defendants from criminal prosecution.
Our team focuses on criminal defense and leading our clients through the Oklahoma justice system. From day one, we are invested in the outcome of your case, and our client-first approach allows us to explore all options to reach a resolution or tailor a defense that fits each case’s unique circumstances. This process has led to success with case dismissals, sentence reductions, and record expungement.
We understand that facing a criminal accusation can significantly impact your life – but it doesn’t have to define your future.
Domestic abuse accusations can impact your criminal record, livelihood, and reputation. Our firm’s legal resources, insight, and experience will lead you through this stressful and emotional time while providing a solid defense to achieve the best possible outcome.
Serious legal matters from drug-related accusations can complicate your life in many ways. In Oklahoma, a first offense can result in jail or prison time, as well as hefty fines. The most important concern is avoiding a criminal drug conviction on your record. With our team on your side, there is a greater chance of decreasing the severity of the penalty. It is in your best interest to retain proper counsel and work to get charges dismissed or reduced.
DUI / DWI / APC
You must act quickly if you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) in Oklahoma. Even if you’re found in a parked car with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, you can still be charged with Actual Physical Control (APC). To prevent losing driving privileges, our team can investigate and help you understand what to expect before, during, and after the hearing.
Under Oklahoma state law, first-degree and second-degree robbery is classified as a felony with the possibility of ten years in prison. Our team knows all too well how these charges can come about and, in some cases, can be reduced to theft or burglary. With the right defense strategy, the impact of these charges can be lessened.
Having worked at the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office, Shelby Shelton is uniquely qualified to advise clients under investigation or charged with negligent homicide, manslaughter, or murder. With distinct elements within each charge, like criminal intent and burden of proof requirements, you can count on our team to represent you in front of judges, juries, and prosecutors in pursuit of a positive outcome.
Probation violations are significant and can lead to canceling a suspended or postponed sentence. Consequently, instead of completing probation while residing at home and maintaining a relatively normal lifestyle, individuals may be incarcerated to fulfill the remaining duration of their sentence. Our goal is to be proactive and quickly prove that no probation violation has occurred or even offer an alternative solution to keep you out of jail.
CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT
Criminal record expungement offers the possibility of sealing your criminal record from public access, providing a fresh start, and removing barriers that may hold you back. In Oklahoma, obtaining an expungement order from a district court seals your arrest and criminal records, making them unavailable to the public.
JUDICIAL / SENTENCE MODIFICATION
The Uniform Post-Conviction Procedure Act, established under Oklahoma state law, allows defendants and their attorneys to challenge a conviction or sentence under certain circumstances.
If any of the below can be demonstrated, there may be a basis for attacking your criminal conviction:
- The court lacked the jurisdiction to impose the sentence.
- The sentence exceeded the maximum allowed by law.
- New evidence has emerged that was not previously presented.
- The conviction or sentence was in violation of the Constitution of the United States.
- The sentence has expired, or the suspended sentence, probation, parole, or conditional release was unlawfully revoked, or the individual was unlawfully held in custody or other restraint.
- The conviction or sentence is subject to collateral attack based on any previously available ground of alleged error under common law, statutory provisions, or other legal means.
PARDONS / PAROLES / COMMUTATIONS
Pardons, paroles, and commutations in Oklahoma refer to different legal actions through which individuals may receive relief from their court-decided sentences.
A pardon is an official act of forgiveness granted by either the governor or the Pardon and Parole Board. It releases an individual from the results of their conviction. This can happen either before or after time served.
Parole is a form of conditional release granted to those still serving a portion of their sentence. It allows individuals to serve the remainder of their sentence under supervision and specific terms and conditions. This course of action is up to the discretion of the Pardon and Parole Board.
Lastly, commutation refers to reducing or altering an individual’s sentence or changing the type of sentencing imposed. The power to commute sentences in Oklahoma lies solely to the governor after receiving a positive recommendation from the Pardon and Parole Board.
Each situation is unique, and Oklahoma’s criteria for pardon, parole, and commutation eligibility can vary. For that reason, navigating these options with the advice of an experienced attorney at Shelton Law Firm is beneficial.
Traffic violations can be more than costly fines and increased insurance rates. Suppose you’ve racked up too many violations. In that case, it can mean the suspension of your license, which affects your ability to travel independently. Having the assistance of legal help can prove valuable, regardless of whether your ticket pertains to a minor infraction like speeding or not wearing a seat belt or a more serious offense like a car accident.
Moreover, we don’t just focus on defending. If you’ve been the victim of someone else’s negligence behind the wheel, resulting in a personal injury, our team can assist you. We have the expertise to handle vehicular negligence so that you receive the justice and compensation you deserve.