Property Crimes Defense


Property crimes occur every single day in Oklahoma City, at a substantially higher rate than the statewide average in Oklahoma and prosecutors come down hard on those accused of property crimes based in part of this fact. When charged with a felony or misdemeanor charge involving theft or damage to property, you are facing a wide variety of serious consequences, which are affected by the type of property crime you are facing and your criminal record. Property crimes in Oklahoma, as in other states, involve the destruction/damage to an object belonging to another person or the wrongful taking of an object/property belonging to someone else. The list of property crimes in Oklahoma, include, but is not limited to the following: Robbery, Burglary, Theft, Grand Theft Auto or Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Arson, and Vandalism. Robbery (Link to violent crime page) is generally characterized as a violent crime. Police make millions of arrests every year in the United States. In 2010 over 13 million people were arrested in the United States, only 500,000 of these arrests involved violent crime, which means the vast majority of arrests are property crime related, not violent.

Motor Vehicle Theft, there are multiple types of motor vehicle theft. Some are considered property crimes such as, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of a stolen vehicle, joyriding. However, there are also fraudulent forms of vehicle theft and violent crime vehicle theft, such as vehicle theft common referred to as “carjacking.” Each of these crimes require a specific set of elements and facts to constitute an offense, for which you can be convicted.

Theft crimes, there are a multitude of crimes involving theft. Some theft crimes are violent, such as robbery and first degree burglary; however, the majority are non-violent, such as: grand larceny, possession of stolen property, tax fraud (stealing from the government), embezzlement (federal and or state crime based on amount and involvement of banking system), business fraud, credit fraud, simply burglary, and petit larceny.

Know your Options, if Accused or Charged with a Property Crime in Oklahoma

It is important to know your rights and retain an Oklahoma criminal defense attorney with experience defending Property crimes as soon as possible. Your life and freedom are on the line and you need a defense. You are facing substantial penalties, if convicted of a property felony. In addition to your freedom and reputation being on the line, a felony conviction will deprive you of civil rights – owning or being in the presence of a firearm, voting, holding office, employment/housing difficulty, obtaining a loan or mortgage, and other penalties. Cannon Law Firm has reached successfully outcomes including the dismissal or reduction of charges and negotiated agreements, including: probation, reasonable restitution, and diversion programs. In white collar property cases Cannon Law Firm has successfully defended clients through zealous advocacy, detailed independent investigation, hold witness’ credibility under a microscope, and ensure client’s rights are protected under the law.

You need a fierce advocate to defend your life and freedom, if you have been accused of or believe you are about to be accused or charged with an property crime in Oklahoma. You will find experienced, specialized, and caring representation by calling the Cannon Law Firm. John will do everything possible to defend your freedom and your future. As a former prosecutor, he knows being charged with a crime does not mean you are guilty. You have the right to the presumption of innocence and representation by the best criminal defense attorney you can find. John will investigate the allegations; examine law enforcement conduct; interview all potential witnesses; examine credibility issues with your accusers; identify all potential defenses; and identify every weakness in the prosecution’s case.

In the end there are two main approaches to defending a property crime in Oklahoma: an innocence defense or admission of the act, but defense of the reason you did what you did. An innocence defense primarily consists of developing your story and identifying alibis to your location and conduct, if they exist and attacking the credibility of all eyewitness identification and law enforcement investigation. In a case where you cannot contest you committed the act, there are several legal and factual defenses available to you: protecting yourself by self-defense, defense of another, which removes your culpability; accident or mistake of fact, i.e. accidental discharge of a firearm shooting someone; mental capacity defenses, such as insanity, lack of the ability to distinguish between right and wrong, or lack of mental capacity; inability to form the requisite intent due to intoxication; and a number of other mitigating and extenuating circumstances.


John Cannon is a former prosecutor and assistant attorney general, he understands the elements and factors of law that dictate how these cases are handled in the criminal court system. John has been honored by being identified as a Top 40 under 40 in Criminal Defense by the National Trial Lawyers Association. John has the experience and will bring it to bear in your case. He can sometimes prevent charges from being filed, if he is involved in the case early enough and can explain your story to the prosecution. He is a fierce advocate in court, if you are preparing to go to trial to prove your innocent. Additionally, he has an outstanding record of reaching the best possible outcome for hundreds of clients accused of the wide variety of property crime and theft charges explained above, evidenced by receiving the highest possible AVVO rating – 10 (superb). Contact Cannon Law Firm to protect your freedom, your future, and your story.

Cannon Law Firm, PLLC is here to Help YOU

You are presumed innocent of your charges. You have rights, including competent counsel. I work with our clients and their families to assess the circumstances of your case and prepare the best defense available to you. Our firm independently examines all the evidence and investigates the facts and circumstances of your case to protect your rights. 

The Cannon Law Firm, PLLC, helps clients with their criminal records, including expungements and protective orders, as those processes become available. I will Fight for Your Rights. I can be reached by calling 405-888-7369 or through our Contact page. All initial consultations are free and confidential.

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