2014 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 22. Criminal Procedure
§22-305.1. Deferred prosecution programs - Guidelines - Factors considered.

22 OK Stat § 22-305.1 (2014) What's This?

Before the filing of an information against a person accused of committing a crime, the State of Oklahoma, through its district attorney, may agree with an accused to defer the filing of a criminal information for a period not to exceed three (3) years.

The State of Oklahoma may include any person in a deferred prosecution program if it is in the best interests of the accused and not contrary to the public interest. Each district attorney shall adopt and promulgate guidelines which shall indicate what factors shall be considered in including an accused in the deferred prosecution program. The guidelines shall insure that the State of Oklahoma considers in each case at least the following factors:

1. Whether the State of Oklahoma has sufficient evidence to achieve conviction;

2. The nature of the offense with priority given to first offenders and nonviolent crimes;

3. Any special characteristics of the accused;

4. Whether the accused will cooperate and benefit from a deferred prosecution program;

5. Whether available programs are appropriate to the accused person's needs;

6. Whether the services for the accused are more readily available from the community or from the corrections system;

7. Whether the accused constitutes a substantial danger to others;

8. The impact of the deferred prosecution on the community;

9. The recommendations of the law enforcement agency involved in the case;

10. The opinions of the victim; and

11. Any mitigating or aggravating circumstances.

Laws 1979, c. 226, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 1979; Laws 2007, c. 358, § 5, eff. July 1, 2007.

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