Lateral Criminal Defense Attorney
Still She Rises, Tulsa (SSRT) began as a project of The Bronx Defenders seeking to address the epidemic of criminalization and incarceration of women in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Women are the fastest-growing incarcerated population in the United States, and Oklahoma incarcerates a higher percentage of its women than any other state. For many women, incarceration does not just mean the loss of liberty; it also means the loss of their children and the total destabilization of their family’s lives.
The project, which launched in January 2017 in North Tulsa, Oklahoma, seeks to build upon The Bronx Defenders’ innovative, holistic model of public defense and is the first pro bono law office in the country specifically dedicated to the representation of mothers with children who are involved in the criminal justice system. In 2019, Still She Rises, Tulsa became an independent 501(c)(3). SSRT works to provide indigent women and their families with access to client-centered criminal defense, family defense, civil legal services, and social work support. Looking beyond the immediate case, interdisciplinary teams of attorneys, advocates, and investigators work with each family to understand the factors driving them into the criminal justice system and to mitigate the collateral consequences that may uniquely affect them. Still She Rises, Tulsa pioneers an approach that is highly tailored to the representation of women, with the aim of breaking the devastating cycle of poverty and instability that so often correlates with incarceration of a mother.
Criminal Defense Attorneys zealously advocate for individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses in the Tulsa Criminal Courts. They appear in various proceedings including but not limited to arraignments, hearings and trials in criminal courts. Criminal Defense Attorneys provide comprehensive representation in collaboration with attorneys and advocates in other practice areas to avoid or mitigate any enmeshed consequences that may arise out of our clients’ contact with the criminal court system. To that end, Criminal Defense Attorneys must consistently be prepared to litigate and confidently engage in skillful negotiations with judges, prosecutors, and other actors within the systems our clients navigate. Though primarily appearing in criminal courts, Criminal Defense Attorneys have the opportunity to co-counsel cases in other venues (ie. Juvenile Court, Civil Court, etc.) as necessary to provide the most effective client-focused representation.