The severe restrictions placed upon convicted sex offenders in Oklahoma are evident in a recent case involving a convicted sex offender wanted by OK authorities for failing update contact information with authorities. According to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigator James Brown, the 46-year-old Oklahoma man who was wanted for failing to properly register as required by …
The severe restrictions placed upon convicted sex offenders in Oklahoma are evident in a recent case involving a convicted sex offender wanted by OK authorities for failing update contact information with authorities. According to Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigator James Brown, the 46-year-old Oklahoma man who was wanted for failing to properly register as required by Oklahoma sex offender laws turned himself in to authorities last week, and remains behind bars on $6,000 bail. If you are facing charges for a sex crime in Oklahoma, the last thing you want is to be convicted of the offense. To ensure that your legal rights are protected throughout the course of your case, contact our skilled criminal defense lawyers at Oklahoma Legal Center today. Our law firm is located in Oklahoma City, and our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience representing those charged with OK sex crimes.
Tiers of Oklahoma Sex Offenses
According to Oklahoma sex offender registration requirements, convicted level-three sex offenders like Robert Andrew Peal are required to register and update contact information with authorities every 90 days. In an effort to more adequately reflect the severity of an Oklahoma sex crime and the potential for recidivism, sex offenders in the state are assigned to a 3-tier system, with level three being the most serious. In June, Peal registered with a Tahlequah address, but when Brown went to that address recently to check on Peal, he learned that the Oklahoma man had moved to Tulsa earlier in the year. According to Brown, Peal failed to notify authorities of a change of location, and continued using his Tahlequah address in an attempt to avoid registration at his new home.
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An Oklahoma Department of Corrections report indicates that Peal was released from state prison in May 2007, after serving time for a 1997 conviction on four felony counts of Oklahoma sex crimes. In 2009, the OK man was charged in Delaware County with residing within 2,000 feet of a school as a registered sex offender, which is considered a felony offense in Oklahoma. The following year, Peal was charged with a misdemeanor for providing services to children – a violation of Oklahoma sex offender laws. As you can see in the Peal case, being convicted of a sex crime in Oklahoma typically results in the offender being subjected to severe restrictions for years afterward. If you have been charged with an Oklahoma sex crime, contact our reputable criminal defense attorneys at Oklahoma Legal Center to build a strong defense in your case.