Under Oklahoma criminal law, assault and battery are actually two distinct charges, but they are frequently charged together. Assault is the willful and unlawful attempt to do harm to another, or in other words, threatening to do physical violence to someone else. Battery is the unlawful use of force or violence against another, or in other words, actually physically touching someone else with the intent to cause physical injury, harm, or pain. Under Oklahoma criminal law, assault and battery can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.
Aggravated assault and battery is when great bodily injury is inflicted upon the person assaulted or when a person of robust health or strength assaults a person who is elderly, weak, or incapacitated. Great bodily injury means more than bruises or cuts. Great bodily injury means graver and more serious injuries such as broken bones, disfigurement, impaired use of a body part, or a substantial risk of death.
The district attorney’s office does not take assault and battery charges lightly. They are serious charges that can have lasting consequences. A conviction may ruin your reputation and affect your ability to find a job or hold a professional license, and the conviction may stay on your record for life. If you or a loved one has been charged with assault and battery, you need to speak with a Tulsa Oklahoma Assault and Battery Lawyer at the Henson Law Firm right away.
Penalties for Assault & Battery in Oklahoma
Aggravated assault & battery is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and a $500 fine. Felony assault & battery (A&B) is punishable by up to four years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine. Misdemeanor A&B is punishable by up to 90 days in the county jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Simple assault, threatening to harm another person, is punishable by up to 30 days in the county jail and a $500 fine.
Assault and Battery Defense in Tulsa Oklahoma
An assault and battery defense requires a great deal of investigation into the facts and circumstances that surround the case as well as an aggressive legal strategy. There may be defenses that can be raised against the charges. The most obvious defense is self-defense. Other possible defenses could be accidental contact, defense of another, or even consent. When you come to the Henson Law Firm, you can feel confident that your rights will be defended by an Assault and Battery Defense Attorney in Tulsa who will aggressively fight your charges.