While the Second Amendment allows the right to possess firearms, that right is not without limitations. Usually, possession of a firearm by an adjudicated delinquent in Oklahoma is illegal. Here is what you need to know about this crime and how it is handled in Stillwater.
What Is An Adjudicated Delinquent In Oklahoma?
In Oklahoma, the age of majority for most purposes is 18. That means that a person under the age of 18 is considered a minor.
When a minor commits a crime in Oklahoma, the minor can be charged in a number of different ways: as a youthful offender, as a juvenile delinquent, or as an adult. Each of these processes and outcomes are different.
Often, these crimes are fairly minor. For more serious crimes committed by a minor, the ramifications are more serious.
Oklahoma law defines and provides the following limitations for an adjudicated delinquent.
- It is against the law for
- a person previously adjudicated as a delinquent child or a youthful offender for
- the commission of an offense
- which would have been a felony offense if committed by an adult
- to have in their possession or immediate control,
- within any vehicle in which they are driving or riding as a passenger, or
- at their residence
- any pistol, imitation or homemade pistol,
- altered air or toy pistol,
- machine gun, sawed-off shotgun, rifle, or
- any other dangerous or deadly firearm for
- a period of 10 years after that adjudication.
Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1283
In these circumstances, a person is prohibited from possessing a firearm. And no firearm may be within their immediate possession, custody, or control. An adjudicated delinquent must also be careful to ensure that the people in their environment are not carrying any firearms.
Thus, if you are riding with your friends in a car and one of them is carrying a gun, you may end up in trouble if the car is searched and the gun found. This is true even if that friend carried the gun lawfully and even if you had no knowledge of their possession of the firearm.
Penalty For Illegal Possession Of A Firearm
A conviction under this statute is a felony in Stillwater. This crime is punishable by a prison term of 1 to 10 years. Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 1284
If you or a loved one are facing charges for carrying a firearm as an adjudicated delinquent, get the help you need by consulting with an experienced Stillwater criminal defense attorney today.
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