If you or a loved one are facing charges for breaking tribal law, you need representation. In the state of Oklahoma, Native American law is unique, and it is essential that you have guidance from an attorney who understands.
At Palmer Law, we are highly knowledgeable and experienced in national tribal law. We have helped defend numerous clients, and have even overturned convictions for those already convicted for breaking tribal law in Oklahoma, and we are prepared to do the same for you.
No two Native American tribes are the same. We know the difference. Our attorneys at Palmer Law can help you achieve the justice you deserve.
Native American Law in Oklahoma
Native American tribes will pass their laws on their land. These laws can also apply to the people that reside on that land. All tribes’ laws are different depending on the reservation.
Under a court ruling, McGirt V. Oklahoma, a criminal conviction was overturned for a prisoner who was facing the death sentence. The court ruled that Oklahoma State does not have the jurisdiction to prosecute Indians who commit crimes on their land. The state court also does not have jurisdiction to prosecute other people facing charges for breaking tribal law.
As a result, many criminal convictions are being overturned and criminal charges are being dismissed across Oklahoma, OK.
Every attorney at our practice is highly experienced and qualified in tribal law. We are prepared to navigate state, federal, and tribal law to give you the best chance of protecting your future.
What Are Tribal Law Courts?
Tribal law courts are courts that exist on Native American land. These courts can hear both civil and criminal cases in violation of tribal codes. Native American tribes that have not established tribal courts can use a regional Court for Indian Offenses.
Our attorneys can represent you in the following tribal courts:
- Chickasaw Nation.
- Choctaw Nation.
- Seminole Nation of Oklahoma.
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
- Many others.
Oklahoma Native American Law FAQs
Q: Are there tribal courts in Oklahoma?
In the state of Oklahoma, there are 22 tribal courts and 38 tribal nations.
Q: What do Native American Tribal attorneys in Oklahoma do?
Native American tribal lawyers represent clients in litigation matters in tribal courts, federal courts, and more. A Native American law attorney at our firm can help you win the justice you deserve. At Palmer Law, we will undertake independent research into your case to build you a strong defense strategy.
Our practice areas include Native American law, family law, personal injury criminal law, and more.
Q: What is the McGirt law?
McGirt v. Oklahoma (2020) was a landmark case in the Supreme Court. The ruling stated that Oklahoma State courts cannot prosecute tribal members for a crime committed on a Native American reservation. These tribal lands are referred to as “Indian Country” in federal statutory language.
The decision was made that prosecution of crimes on Native American land falls under tribal jurisdiction and the federal court system under the Major Crimes Act. In this case, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation tribal court and a federal court had jurisdiction.
Q: Can I get a court-appointed attorney in Oklahoma?
People with low income may be able to seek help from The Legal Services Corporation. However, court-appointed attorneys usually have very large caseloads which means very little time and resources to dedicate to your case. If you are facing a potential criminal conviction then you should do everything possible to protect your future. That means securing representation from an attorney who understands the complexities of your case and has the time to dedicate themselves to fighting for your rights.
Our Proud Heritage
Lloyd Brent Palmer is honored to be enrolled as a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. On both sides of his family, he has a high degree of Choctaw heritage.
Furthermore, he is part of the Chickasaw Warrior Society as a charter member. Our practice has a solid understanding of Native American law and cultures. If you or a loved one has been convicted or are facing charges under tribal law, you should speak to our Oklahoma Indian Nation Tribal lawyers.
Contact Our Oklahoma Tribal Law Attorneys at Palmer Law Today!
If you have failed to abide by tribal laws in Oklahoma, do not worry. We have a Native American law attorney for you. Our lawyers have a vast amount of tribal court experience. At Palmer Law, we want to help you for life. We are available to offer legal assistance and answer all of your questions.
Our other practice areas include criminal defense, divorce and custody, personal injury, domestic violence, and more.