In Oklahoma, assault and battery charges are very serious and may result in hefty fines and/or jail time. There are several different types of charges that fall under ‘assault and battery’, all of which come with varying levels of punishment.
On the most basic level, it is important to note that assault differentiates from battery because battery involves actual physical harm, whereas assault can occur with a simple verbal or written threat of harm.
Beyond this, there are still varying assault and battery charges that a person can be faced with, all of which come with severe legal consequences. Below we will briefly go over some of the most common types of assault and battery charges.
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault and Battery
- Sexual Assault
- Domestic Violence
- Aggravated Assault
Understanding Assault and Battery Charges
The state of Oklahoma implements penalties of varying severity for the above listed crimes. While assault can occur when one person simply threatens another, the offender may be charged with assault and battery if physical contact has been made. A crime is characterized as ‘aggravated assault and battery’ when the attack results in great bodily injury to the victim, or if the crime occurs against an elderly, disabled, or incapacitated person.
If convicted, your penalties could range from a restraining order to large fines to jail time. It is important that you understand the exact charges you are faced with prior to moving forward with the legal process.
To learn more about Oklahoma’s different assault and battery charges, please contact Atkins & Markoff today. Our lawyers will meet with you individually and go over your case in detail in order to ensure you understand the allegations against you. We strongly believe in educating all of our clients so that they are able to have the best defense possible when faced with one of the varying charges of assault and battery.