Myths of Arrest and Criminal Defense Attorneys

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Myth 1: Hiring an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney makes you look guilty Many myths exist concerning being arrested for an alleged crime and hiring a criminal defense attorney. The most common myth about criminal defense attorneys is hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney makes you look guilty. This could not be farther from the truth. Police, prosecutors, and judge assume …

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Court-Martial Process & Procedure: Know your rights when facing criminal charges in the military

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Court-Martial Process & Procedure: Know your rights when facing criminal charges John Cannon, owner of Cannon Law Firm, PLLC, is a JAG attorney. He has experience defending and prosecuting a multitude of military criminal cases, including Court-Martial. COURT-MARTIAL BASICS Court-Martial proceedings are governed by military specific law. The Uniform Code of Military Justice (“UCMJ”); the Military Rules of Evidence (“MRE”); …

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Understanding State Court Probation

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Over ninety-five percent of criminal cases in Oklahoma state courts are resolved without a trial.  Seasoned criminal defense counsel can help you seek a dismissal or the best possible resolution of your case. The vast majority of cases are resolved by plea agreement by the prosecution and the Defendant, with the assistance of defense counsel. Not only is it critical …

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Criminal Defense: Steps to Defend your Case

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Being charged with a criminal offense is a very stressful and confusing experience for any person and their loved ones. The variety of issues you face at one time can seem daunting: your liberty, your rights, and your future; only part of the equation. You are faced with potentially life changing penalties, including a conviction whether it is a misdemeanor …

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The Spectrum of Military Justice from Verbal Counseling to Prison

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As a Judge Advocate, I am tasked with defending Service members through a wide range of legal processes and procedures that make up our military justice system, including the spectrum of employment law, administrative law, and criminal law. On one end of the spectrum you have purely employment law issues, which consist of: counseling statements; evaluations, Officer Evaluation Reports or …

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Criminal Military Proceedings: Pleas and No Thank You

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In State Court proceedings a criminal defendant may enter a plea of no contest or an Alford Plea, in lieu of a guilty plea, and may be sentenced, while maintaining factual innocence. The Alford Plea originates from the 1970 United States Supreme Court case of North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25 (1970) in which the Court allowed the defendant, …

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The National Trial Lawyers Announces John P. Cannon as One of Its Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Oklahoma

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The National Trial Lawyers is pleased to announce that John P. Cannon of the Cannon Law Firm, PLLC in Oklahoma City has been selected for inclusion into its Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in Oklahoma, an honor given to only a select group of lawyers for their superior skills and qualifications in the field. Membership in this …

The Future of Criminal Jurisdiction on “Indian Land” & The 2018 Sovereignty Symposium

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Last week I joined U.S. Attorney Robert Troester, Federal Judge Erwin, Oklahoma Solicitor General, Mithun Mansinnghani, and other distinguished guests on the Sovereignty Symposium’s Panel discussion of criminal law. The discussed centered on criminal jurisdiction on “Indian Land” and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Murphy v. Royal[1]. In Murphy, the Tenth Circuit overturned an Oklahoma State Court …