He was booked into the jail and released Tuesday on $10,000 bail.
Whetsel said the sheriff’s office will consider tighter restrictions on attorney-inmate meetings at the jail.
As of now, there is no process for verifying whether an attorney is representing the inmate they are visiting, Whetsel said. He said not all attorneys who visit inmates are attorneys of record. Often, attorneys visit with inmates before they are officially hired.
“We’re looking at how we can establish some bar to verify that either the inmate is considering (the attorney) for representation or they are the attorney of record,” Whetsel said.
Attorneys’ belongings are not checked before entering visitation rooms.
“We expect attorneys, as officers of the court, to obey the rules of the court and the rules of visitation,” Whetsel said. “This attorney opted not to.”
Whetsel said that in addition to criminal charges, the sheriff’s office plans to file a complaint against Kirk with the Oklahoma Bar Association.
Kirk did not return multiple calls to his office.