What Is Deferred Adjudication in Oklahoma?

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Oklahoma, it may be possible to obtain a deferred adjudication, which is more commonly referred to as a deferred sentence.

A deferred adjudication or deferred sentence is essentially a form of probation in which you agree to plead guilty or no contest to the charge or charges against you. In exchange for your plea, the judge agrees to refrain from—or defer—sentencing until a later date.

In the meantime, you must abide by the terms and conditions set forth by the court. These conditions may include:

  • Undergoing drug and/or alcohol education or treatment
  • Paying court costs and fines
  • Submitting to random and/or scheduled drug tests
  • Community service
  • Reporting to a probation officer

Additionally, you must stay out of legal trouble for the duration of the deferment. If you are arrested and charged with any other crime during this period, you will likely lose the deferment and could face the full penalty for the initial charge.

Successful Completion of Deferred Adjudication

If you successfully complete the full term of deferment, the judge will dismiss the case and you will be cleared of the charge. Afterwards, your case could be eligible for expungement.

Am I Eligible for Deferred Adjudication?

The answer depends on the details of your specific case as well as your previous criminal history.

As defense attorneys, it is our duty to obtain the best possible outcome for you in your criminal case. In many instances, we are able to obtain a dismissal of charges or acquittal at trial; other times, a deferred or reduced sentence may be the best available option.

To discuss the details of your case and learn more about potential defense strategies, call us to schedule a free consultation.

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