Assault and battery are actually two different charges, but they are frequently charged as one crime.
Assault is the willful and unlawful attempt to do harm to another. In other words, assault involves threatening to do physical violence to someone else.
Battery is the unlawful use of force or violence against another. In other words, battery involves actually physically touching someone else with the intent to cause physical injury, harm, or pain.
Assault and battery can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor under Oklahoma criminal law.
Aggravated assault and battery is when great bodily injury is inflicted upon the person assaulted. Aggravated assault and battery can also be charged if a person of robust health or strength assaults a person who is elderly, weak, or incapacitated.
Great bodily injury means more damage than cuts or bruises and graver, more serious injuries such as broken bones, disfigurement, impaired use of a body part, or a substantial risk of death.
Assault and battery charges are serious charges that can have lasting consequences and they are not taken lightly. A conviction may stay on your record for life–affecting your ability to find a job or hold a professional license.
Penalties for Assault and Battery in Oklahoma
- Aggravated assault and battery is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, and a $500 fine.
- Felony assault and battery is punishable by up to four years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.
- Misdemeanor assault and battery 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 Oklahoma
Defending assault and battery charges requires investigation into the facts and circumstances that surround the case as well as an aggressive legal strategy.
Hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney in Oklahoma can make the difference in your case. If you or someone you know has been charged with an assault and battery crime and you need representation, contact us today.
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