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Domestic Assault and Battery |Domestic Abuse
The Oklahoma statute in Tile 21 O.S. 644 also refers to domestic assault and battery as “domestic abuse.” The charge can be either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the method of abuse and whether it was a first-time offense, said Tulsa domestic violence lawyer Stephen Cale.
A first-time offense is a misdemeanor. A person convicted of this offense could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and/or fined up to $5,000.
A conviction for two or more charges of domestic abuse is a felony. A person convicted of this felony offense could be sentenced to prison for up to four (4) years in prison and/or fined up to $5,000.
Prior felony convictions, even if not for domestic abuse, will increase the punishment.
What Is The Crime Of Domestic Abuse (Assault and Battery)?
In the U.S. legal system, the prosecution must prove specific elements of a crime beyond a reasonable doubt in order to get a conviction.
So, in the case of simple domestic abuse (also referred to as domestic assault and battery) the prosecution must prove all of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- Attempting or offering the use of force or violence;
- The use or force or violence against a person listed in Oklahoma statute Title 21 O.S. 644(C).
A defendant must be found not guilty if the prosecution fails to prove any or all of the elements for domestic abuse.
Who Are the Persons In Tile 21 O.S. 644(C)?
The persons listed in Tile 21 O.S. 644(C) are:
- A current spouse;
- A former spouse;
- The spouse of a former spouse (for example, your ex-wife’s current husband);
- A former spouse of a present spouse (for example, your wife’s ex-husband);
- A foster parent;
- A child;
- Anyone else related by blood or marriage;
- A person with whom the defendant is in a dating relationship;
- A person with whom the defendant was in a dating relationship;
- A person with whom the defendant has a child;
- A person who used to live in the same household as the defendant; or
A person living in the same household as the defendant
How The Law Defines “Dating Relationship”
The Oklahoma domestic abuse statutes define “dating relationship” as “a courtship or engagement relationship.”
Defenses To Domestic Abuse Charges
Depending on the facts of the case, there could be any number of defenses to a domestic abuse charge. Some of them may include:
- Prosecution failed to prove all elements of the crime
- Insufficient evidence
- Self Defense
- Involuntary intoxication
The best Tulsa criminal lawyer will develop a strategy to fight domestic abuse charges or get you the best possible result for you under the circumstances. Whether you want to fight domestic abuse charges with a trial, battle for a dismissal, or get the best possible deal you can, like probation, call the Cale Law Office at 918-277-4800. Or, contact us through the web.
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