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Marna Franklin

Attorney at Law

Ms. Marna Franklin’s practice focuses on criminal defense, where a person’s liberty is at stake. Nothing is more important than one’s freedom. With over 20 years of experience in criminal defense, Franklin has persistently fought for the rights of defendants who face prosecution.
"Nothing is more important to me than fighting for your freedom."

In 2008, Ms. Franklin was recognized with the Opio Toure’ Courageous Advocate Award by the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. This award was for her participation in the fight for justice for a man who had spent 25 years incarcerated, 19 which were on Oklahoma’s Death Row. In May of 2007, the client walked out of the Oklahoma County Jail a free man after the court dismissed his Capital Murder charge from 1985.

In September of 2008, a client of Ms. Franklin was charged with Captial Murder, Rape by Instrumentation, and Kidnapping. After a two-week jury trial, in which two eyewitnesses testified as to Client’s participation, the jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on all charges.

Award-Winning Attorney that Will Get You Results

Ms. Franklin has successfully represented clients in a range of charges including:

  • Federal charges

  • Weapon offenses

  • Drug distribution/trafficking

  • Child pornography

  • Fraud

  • White-collar

State Charges:

  • Murder

  • Robbery

  • Rape

  • Assaults

  • Lewd molestation

  • Drug possession and distribution

Bar Admissions

  • Oklahoma, 1996

  • U.S. District Courts:

    • Western District of Oklahoma

    • Northern District of Oklahoma

    • Eastern District of Oklahoma


  • JD - University of Oklahoma

  • BS - University of Oklahoma

Professional Associations

  • Bench and Bar Committee, 2011- present

  • Oklahoma Women in Law Committee, 2007

  • Oklahoma County Fee Ethics Committee, 2008- present

  • Federal Bar Association

  • Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

  • Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association


  • Opio Toure Courageous Advocate Award by the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, 2008

Case Results

  • In 2014, Ms. Franklin obtained a DISMISSAL from the United States in the Western District; Ms. Franklin’s client was charged with Drug Conspiracy (facing minimum 10 years-life).   

  • In 2015,   Client was charged with Murder in the First Degree in Johnston County (facing Life or Life without Parole).      After Ms. Franklin was retained, she secured a remand of the previously waived preliminary hearing and filed a Motion to Suppress.      Charge was ultimately reduced to First Degree Burglary and sentence of ten years with credit for time served was secured for Client. 

  • In 2016, Ms. Franklin obtained a DISMISSAL in the Northern District of Oklahoma for her client Indicted for Drug Conspiracy (facing minimum 10 years-life).

  • In 2017, in the Northern District of Oklahoma, Ms. Franklin obtained a DISMISSAL of Client’s Indictment alleging Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering and Conspiracy to Possess and Distribute Marijuana.   

  • In 2009, Client was convicted in the Northern District of Oklahoma and sentenced to serve 292 months in the Bureau of Prisons for Conspiracy to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering.   On appeal, the 10th Circuit affirmed the convictions, but in 2017, client’s sentence was vacated and remanded for resentencing.      After being appointed by the Court for the resentencing, Ms. Franklin achieved for the client a sentence of 103 months, 23 days equaling  “time served”, to achieve immediate freedom for her client.    

  • In 2020, after client was charged with Murder in the First Degree and facing the death penalty in state court, McGirt landed the case in federal court and Ms. Franklin was appointed for representation.     Ms. Franklin was able to effectively negotiate a reduction in the charge to Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and client was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment with credit for time served.   

  • In 2021, Client’s charge of Possession of a Firearm AFCF in Pawnee County was DISMISSED after Ms. Franklin filed Motion to Suppress alleging multiple Fourth Amendment violations.

  • In 2023, after a three-year battle for justice, Ms. Franklin achieved the dismissal of all charges of a client charged in Woods County with multiple counts of Lewd or Indecent Proposal to a Child and Violation of Oklahoma Computer Statutes.   

  • In 2024, in McClain County, after a 7-day jury trial, Ms. Franklin’s client was ACQUITTED of Sexual Battery.