Felony Domestic Assault in Oklahoma
In Oklahoma, felony domestic assault is an act of domestic abuse with intent to harm someone with a weapon. Examples of a weapon include a knife, gun, rock, or other sharp object. The type of domestic assault and the potential penalties depend upon the type of weapon used.
Types of Domestic Assault:
- Felony Domestic Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
If you use a dangerous weapon during an act of domestic abuse, you could be charged with felony domestic assault. Oklahoma law defines a dangerous weapon as any object that could seriously hurt or even kill the victim, such as a baseball bat or a rock. This offense is punishable by a year in county jail or up to ten years in prison.
- Felony Domestic Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Felony domestic assault with a deadly weapon occurs when a person uses a weapon to shoot or harm someone with whom they are domestically involved. A gun or any other object likely to kill the victim is considered a deadly weapon under Oklahoma law. The maximum penalty for this offense is life in prison.
Felony Domestic Assault vs. Domestic Abuse
Many people confuse felony domestic assault with domestic abuse. While felony domestic assault and domestic abuse charges both can involve a spouse, ex-spouse, child, or other person with whom you have a relationship as defined by Oklahoma law, the main difference between the two is how the abuse is inflicted.
- If no weapon is used against the victim, Oklahoma law classifies it as domestic abuse.
- If a weapon is used against the victim, Oklahoma law classifies it as felony domestic assault.
Felony Domestic Assault and Your Future
If you have been charged with felony domestic assault, you are likely worried about the potential impact on your future. The attorneys of the Edge Law Firm are here to help you and ensure that your rights are upheld every step of the way. To schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation, call or fill out our online submission form today.