Assault and Battery Against Law Enforcement
Assault and battery crimes are taken very seriously in Oklahoma, and our state has laws against many different assault and battery scenarios. For instance, assault and battery against someone with whom you have a relationship or share a household may be considered domestic abuse.
Another instance of assault and battery that is specifically defined is that against a law enforcement officer. You can be charged with this crime if you commit assault and battery against:
- A police officer
- A sheriff
- A deputy sheriff
- A highway patrol officer
- A corrections officer
- Any other state peace officer
What Constitutes Assault and Battery Against Law Enforcement?
According to section 21-649 of the Oklahoma Statutes, this crime may be charged if a person knowingly commits assault and battery against a law enforcement officer who is in the performance of his or her duties. In other words, the officer must either be in uniform or have otherwise revealed to you that he or she is, in fact, an officer of the law.
If found guilty of assault and battery against a law enforcement officer, you could face one or both of the following:
- Up to five years in prison
- A fine of up to $500