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Rogers County Criminal Law Guide

My name is Kevin Adams I am an Oklahoma criminal defense lawyer. My office is in Tulsa, but I live in Rogers County and regularly represent clients charged in Rogers County criminal court on both misdeeanors and felonies. Most the people I represent just want to resolve their cases as quickly and easily as possible, however, I am also an experienced criminal trial lawyer. I have tried everything from a misdemeanor municipal shoplifting case to first degree murder cases in which the state was seeking the death penalty.

I have never been a prosecutor and I never will, I represent people not things. I have more experience and have gotten better results than most of the Oklahoma criminal lawyers practicing today. Learn more about Kevin Adams.

The basic criminal procedure for both felonies and misdemeanors in Oklahoma is the same in every county in the state. Oklahoma criminal procedure is codified in Title 22 of the Oklahoma statutes. However, each county does things a little differently, either by custom or court rule. I wrote this page to give people and other criminal defense attorneys information about how things are done in Rogers County

The Rogers County Courthouse

The Rogers County Courthouse is located at 200 S Lynn Riggs Blvd. in Claremore, OK 74017. Parking is generally not a problem with lots of free parking in front of the courthouse, especially if you get there early. However, if the parking lot in front of the courthouse is full there is overflow courthouse parking just north of the courthouse on the westside of S. Misssouri Ave.

Getting into the Rogers County Courthouse is easy and there is rarely much of a line at the front door. You will be required to go through metal detectors to get into the courthouse. The Rogers County District Attorney's Office, the Court Clerk and the Rogers County District Attorney's Supervision Office are all located on the Second (2nd) Floor of the courthouse. The courtrooms are located on the third (3rd) and fourth (4th) floor of the courthouse.

Overview of State Criminal Process in Rogers County

The Rogers County District Attorney's office has primary responsibility for prosecuting violations of Oklahoma criminal law in Rogers county. In 2016 the Rogers County District Attorney's office filed just over 1100 felony cases and almost exactly the same number of misdemeanor cases. Many of the felony and misdemeanor cases charged multiple defendants and alleged multiple counts.

Criminal Initial Appearances in Rogers County

Initial Appearances and/or Arraignments for both felonies and misdemeanors in Rogers County are handled on the third (3rd) floor of the courthouse at 1:30 pm. Defendants are expected to have a lawyer at the arraignment, if they do not have a lawyer they will be recognized back for another arraignment. Defendants who have been recognized back for another arraignmnet and directed to return with a lawyer need to return with a lawyer. The judges in Rogers County are not as lenient as judges in Tulsa County when it comes to passing a case for not having a lawyer. Rogers county judges are much quicker to re-commit a defendant for failing to hire an attorney.

At the Initial Appearance/Arraignment a status conference will be set for both both misdemeanor and felony cases, that status conference will occur on a Monday beginning at 9:00am. Most initial appearances/arraignments are handled by Judge Terrell.

Status Conferences in Rogers County Criminal Cases

Both felonies and msdemeanors are set down for status conferences on Monday mornings at 9:00 am after the initial appearance/arraignment in the same courtroom. (On OSCN the event code is listed as PRELIMINARY HEARING (NO ISSUE) (PLN) even for the misdemeanors.) Rogers County does things a bit differently on their status conferences. Most of the assistant district attorneys do not actually come to court on the status conferences, instead they stay in their offices and the defense attorneys meet with the district attorneys to discuss the cases and then the defense attorneys come into court and make announcements. Because of the way the cases are handled on the status conferences the judge does not call the docket right away because he just takes announcements from the attorneys when they are ready to proceed.

Rogers County uses written court minute forms at the status conferences. Defense attorneys fill out the forms even for basic continuances and the attorneys both sign. If cases are set for a preliminary hearing issue date the attorneys will pick out a date that works for everyone.

District Court Arraignments in Rogers County

District Court Arraignments in Rogers County are handled in front of Judge Dwayne Steidley on the 4th floor of the courthouse. (Judge Steidley is scheduled to retire at the end of 2017). District Court Arraignments occur on Thursdays at 9:30 am.

Criminal Trials in Rogers County

Like most of the smaller counties Rogers County has jury terms. Rogers County has jury terms three (3) to four (4) times a year. The jury terms typically last for a period of two (2) weeks.

Rogers County Criminal Rules

Each Judicial District has its own criminal rules that involve issues such as Criminal Bond Indexes, Initial Arraignmnet Court Dates, Pretrial Release Programs, Failure to Appear or Pay, and many other issues. Rogers County is in the Northeast Judicial Administrative Judicial District which includes Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Ottawa, Rogers and Washington Counties. Download a copy of the Rogers County Criminal Rules.

The flow of criminal cases at the Rogers County Courthouse

Every county has a different way that criminal cases flow through the courthouse. Learning the flow of a courthouse can make life much easier, Rogers County has a very easy flow of criminal cases. All criminal cases start on the 3rd floor at 1:30 and then they are set for 9:00 am on a Monday in the same courtroom. If cases are set for an issue preliminary hearing that will also occur on the third (3rd) floor in the same courtroom. All misdemeanor hearings generally occur in the same third (3rd) floor courtroom.

If a felony makes it past the third (3rd) floor they are handled in front of Judge Steidley on the fourth (4th) floor.

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