Measure 805… The Talk of the Town
This month’s newsletter will involve some research, and we think you’ll find the answer interesting!
On November 3rd, Oklahomans vote “Yes” or “No” on Oklahoma State Measure 805, the Criminal History in Sentencing and Sentence Modification Initiative. The measure is important because it directly affects people who are charged with a non-violent felony. Under current Oklahoma state law, individuals who have been previously convicted of a felony, violent or not, and are facing current charges, can receive enhanced sentences because of their previous felony conviction/s.
Measure 805, if passed, would prohibit an individual’s former non-violent felony convictions from being used to make a sentence they’re facing longer or harsher.
Measure 805 would also provide sentence modifications, also known as sentence reductions, for those who have received sentence enhancements as a result of their previous non-violent felony convictions. It’s also important to note that this measure only applies to previous non-violent felony convictions; laws toward violent felony convictions, for the time being, remain unchanged.
Depending on when you are reading this, the vote may have already occurred. If so, here is the homework portion:
Did the measure pass? If so, does this affect you or someone you know? If you think you might be eligible for a sentence modification, contact the Law Offices of Marcy Fassio and see what can be done for you!
There’s Still Hope for Legalizing Marijuana
In September of 2020, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer made a public commitment to holding a full vote for the Marijuana Opportunity, Reinvestment, and Expungement (MORE) Act before the close of the year.
If passed, the MORE Act would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act, which would give individual states the authority to control their own cannabis policy. The MORE Act will also make other changes at the federal level, in turn, providing opportunities for states to move forward with expungement policies to end the stigma of low-level cannabis-related convictions.
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“Sing the Anthem…and Sing it Right”…
Love the National Anthem? Well, you better not misuse it in public, or you could be facing a fine in New Hampshire. Yep, you heard that right. Any misuse of the National or State Anthem could lead you directly toward a fine. This means the next time you hit up a karaoke bar and want to sing the National Anthem, make sure you don’t mess up.
Which of the following is NOT one of the three main objectives of criminal law?
Check out our newsletter next month for the answer!
Last month’s answer was: C! While you are afforded the right to a trial by jury, that is not a part of the first amendment.
Question of the Month
Are you for or against legalizing marijuana in the state of Oklahoma?
Why or why not?