Felony Domestic Abuse in Oklahoma
When Is Domestic Abuse Considered a Felony in Oklahoma and What Are the Penalties?
Domestic abuse is a complex issue under Oklahoma law, and the penalties differ depending on the specific situation. While domestic abuse isn’t always considered a felony, there are scenarios in which domestic abuse can result in a felony conviction:
You Have Prior History
You could be looking at a felony domestic abuse conviction if you have what the law calls “prior history.” Prior history means that you committed an act of domestic abuse or assault and battery on at least three separate occasions within the past six months and there are documented testimonies from witnesses.
The Penalty: Up to ten years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
You Caused Great Bodily Injury
If the domestic abuse caused “great bodily injury” to the victim, you could be convicted of felony domestic abuse. Great bodily injury means broken bones, concussions, scars, or other serious physical wounds.
The Penalty: County jail for one year and/or up to ten years in prison.
You Caused Injury or Miscarriage of an Unborn Child
Oklahoma law mandates that if the domestic abuse harmed an unborn child or caused the mother to miscarry, you can be convicted of felony domestic abuse.
The Penalty: A minimum of twenty years in prison.
What Can I Do if I’m Charged with Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse is a serious charge than can result in a felony conviction. If you are facing a domestic abuse charge, it’s important to understand your rights and consult with an attorney who is experienced in defending these charges. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with one of the seasoned attorneys of the Edge Law Firm, call or submit our online form today.