Violent crimes in Oklahoma can include assault and battery, domestic abuse, domestic violence, hate crimes, murder, homicide, and manslaughter.
These crimes carry heavy penalties both locally and federally. You can be facing several months in jail, several thousands of dollars in fines, or both.
You need a top notch attorney by your side who can help you through the legal process and paperwork and who knows the people in the legal system and how the legal system works so that you can have your penalties reduced. Some of the violent crimes you may be facing in Oklahoma may fall under these categories:
Assault & Battery – These may be used together, but they generally refer to two separate crimes. Assault does not require actual physical contact between the offender and the victim. Assault may only in be forms of intimidation, indirect action, fear based threats, or actions that put the victim fear or in harm’s way. Battery doesn’t to always include actual physical harm. A typical battery charge may only include touching another individual in a rude, angry, insolent, or unwelcomed manner. Many forms of touch, depending on circumstances, may be called battery.
Aggravated Assault –This is an upgraded version of the two former charges and carries much heavier fines and penalties. Aggravated assault may be considered a felony and may have involved a weapon of some sort. Battery may be aggravated if it resulted in injury to the victim.
Domestic Violence – This charge may be field separately or in conjunction with other charges such as assault or battery. The major difference between this charge and other charges is the relationship status between the perpetrator and the victim. The seriousness of this crime depends on all the factors involved such as the degree of injury, if children were involved, property damage, if children were present, and other pertinent factors. In some states a second incidence of domestic is automatically a felony even if no other factors are involved. In recent years it is increasingly common for prosecutors to press charges with or without the cooperation or consent of the victim(s) involved.
Hate Crimes – This can refer to a wide range of crimes, misdemeanors, and felonies. The main factor is the bias of the perpetrator to a specific group of people, especially if they are considered protected or a minority. All that needs to be proven is that the defendant (you) committed the crime and were motivated by hate or bias toward the group which the victim belongs.
Murder, Homicide, & Manslaughter – Any crime that ends in death of another human. The associated penalties depend on the responsibility and free will of the one causing the death and include the surrounding circumstances. The unique aspect of each individual crime under this definition means that each individual case varies widely from one to another and the punishments can vary in each state and even federally from life in prison, to the death penalty, and any other charges. Accidental murder and planed murder both a fall into this category as well as outlaying circumstances and if other crimes were involve or committed at the same time.
Due to their impact on society and the victims, violent crimes are treated mere seriously than most other crimes in the court system. Most violent crimes are also sub classified by degree and culpability, much of what your case depends on are the unique circumstances. You may not know what to expect in your violent crime prosecution or trial. Therefore, it is extremely important that you have my experience and wisdom by your side to aid you through this difficult time. You may be able to have your charges reduced, if you have the right person for the job.
With the unique federal and state laws here in Oklahoma you need a wise defense lawyer to represent you. You need your questions answered and your rights explained to you by someone who is experienced in the defense of such criminal charges, before you make mistakes that might jeopardize your freedom. However, whether you are charged by the state of Oklahoma or federally, by the US Attorney’s office you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer to represent you so it’s important that you learn how to choose the right Oklahoma criminal attorney for your violent crime charge. You can also go to my testimonial and example cases page to read about some actual cases.