Deserting A Wife Or Young Child - Is A Felony
Abandoning and not providing for the care of a wife and/or kids (15 & under) is still a criminal act, in Oklahoma.
Aside from civil court action and divorce court, the dependents can turn to the police and have the man arrested.
§21-853. Desertion of wife or child under 15 a felony.
Every person who shall without good cause abandon his wife in destitute or necessitous circumstances and neglect and refuse to maintain or provide for her, or who shall abandon his or her minor child or children under the age of fifteen (15) years and willfully neglect or refuse to maintain or provide for such child or children, shall be deemed guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for any period of time not less than one (1) year or more than ten (10) years.
Added by Laws 1915, c. 149, § 1. Amended by Laws 1923, c. 78, p. 144, § 2, emerg. eff. March 28, 1923; Laws 1997, c. 133, § 253, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 157, eff. July 1, 1999.NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 253 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.
§21-854. Proof of marriage - Wife as competent witness - Duty of County Attorney to prosecute.
No other evidence shall be required to prove marriage of such husband and wife, or that such person is the lawful father or mother of such child or children than is or shall be required to prove such fact in a civil action, and such wife shall be a competent witness to testify in any case brought under this act, and to any and all matters relevant thereto, including the fact of such marriage and the parentage of such child or children. It shall be the mandatory duty of each district attorney of this state to diligently prosecute all persons violating any of the provisions of this chapter (Chapter 31, Title 21 O.S.1951), and in all cases where the evidence is deemed sufficient to justify a prosecution for such violation, any district attorney who shall willfully fail, neglect or refuse to institute criminal proceedings to enforce such provisions, shall be subject to removal from office.Laws 1915, c. 149, § 2; Laws 1949, p. 203, § 1.
Adultery Is A Felony In OklahomaPerhaps the least prosecuted felony in Oklahoma’s history is Adultery. Yet the state has, since 1910, insisted that the crime needs to stay in the statutory code. they even amended it in 1999.§21-871. Adultery defined - Who may institute prosecution. Adultery is the unlawful voluntary sexual intercourse of a married person with one of the opposite sex; and when the crime is between persons, only one of whom is married, both are guilty of adultery. Prosecution for adultery can be commenced and carried on against either of the parties to the crime only by his or her own husband or wife as the case may be, or by the husband or wife of the other party to the crime: Provided, that any person may make complaint when persons are living together in open and notorious adultery.R.L.1910, § 2431.§21-872. Punishment for adultery. Any person guilty of the crime of adultery shall be guilty of a felony and punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding five (5) years or by a fine not exceeding Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment. R.L. 1910, § 2432. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 259, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 5, § 163, eff. July 1, 1999.NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex. Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 259 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.
In Wynona, OK, the bird baths are not allowed to be used in any way for cleaning garments or other textiles.
If your wash tub is left outside and a bird settles upon it, You may be in trouble when you come back out to resume your laundry chores.
In YUKON, OK; you’re supposed to always honk your horn when passing by any other vehicle, bicycle, or horse.
We’re still looking for the ordinance language on this one.
While passing another vehicle, you must honk your horn.
It is illegal for the owner of a bar to allow anyone inside to touch any of their ‘private parts’
No owner, operator, partner, manager, or person having supervisory control of any establishment licensed to sell or serve intoxicating beverages shall permit any of the following on or about any commercial premises where intoxicating beverages are dispensed or consumed:
If you’re caught in a death struggle with a bear, the Bear had better be the one who started the skirmish. That’s the law in Oklahoma.
And don’t you dare cause a horse to trip, or you’re going to jail. There’s no exception listed for equestrian competitions involving fences and other hurdles.
A. It is unlawful for any person to:
1. Promote, engage in, or be employed at a bear wrestling exhibition or horse tripping event;
2. Receive money for the admission of another person to any place where bear wrestling or horse tripping will occur;
3. Sell, purchase, possess, or offer a horse for any horse tripping event;
4. Sell, purchase, possess, or train a bear for any bear wrestling exhibition;
5. Subject a bear to alteration in any form for purposes of bear wrestling including, but not limited to, removal of claws or teeth, or severing tendons; or
6. Give any substance to a bear, inject any substance into a bear, or cause a bear to ingest or inhale any substance for the purposes of bear wrestling.
B. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by a fine of not more than Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment. In addition, the court may require the violator to make restitution and reimbursements to the state, any of its political subdivisions, or to any society which is incorporated for the prevention of cruelty to animals for housing, feeding, or providing medical treatment to any animals used or intended for use in violation of this section.
C. Upon the arrest of any person pursuant to any provision of this section, the arresting law enforcement agency or animal control office shall have authority to seize and take custody of all animals in the possession of the arrested person which are the basis of an arrest pursuant to the provisions of this section. Upon conviction, the court shall have authority to order the forfeiture of all animals seized which are the basis of the conviction pursuant to the provisions of this section. Any animals ordered forfeited may be placed in the custody of a society which is incorporated for the prevention of cruelty to animals.
D. As used in this section, “horse tripping” means to cause an animal of the equine species to fall or lose its balance with the use of a wire, pole, stick, rope or other object. The term does not include the lawful laying down of a horse for medical purposes or for the purposes of identification.
Laws 1996, SB 680, c. 197, § 1, emerg. eff. May 20, 1996.
It's Still the Law, In Oklahoma
A chronicle of laws you still have to obey, in the Sooner State.