Domestic Abuse vs. Domestic Assault

Oklahoma’s statutes outline several different acts that constitute domestic violence. However, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish certain charges—such as domestic abuse and domestic assault—from one another. These laws are nuanced, and it is usually best to consult an attorney if you are facing one of these charges.

How Is Domestic Abuse Distinguished from Domestic Assault?

Domestic abuse is generally defined as any assault and battery committed against a person with whom you have a relationship or share a household. Domestic assault, on the other hand, is an act of domestic abuse carried out with a weapon and with intent to cause bodily harm. Domestic assault is considered a felony, which means you could face increased jail time and fines if found guilty.

It should also be noted that Oklahoma law distinguishes between “dangerous” and “deadly” weapons, and the potential penalties will vary depending on which type of weapon was used during the assault.

Domestic Assault Penalties

If you are found guilty of domestic assault, the penalties will depend on the circumstances of your particular case. In some instances, you may face up to 10 years in prison; in other cases, you may be sentenced to up to one year in a county jail.

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