While assault and battery are typically charged together, they are two separate and distinct crimes.
Assault is defined as any willful and unlawful attempt or offer to do a bodily hurt to another with force or violence.
Battery is defined as any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another.
Being charged with either or both should not be taken lightly. Both crimes can be charged a number of ways, depending on the nature and circumstances surrounding the event, i.e. whether a weapon was used, relation of the victim, age of the victim, extent of the injuries, etc.
When the term aggravated is used with Assault & Battery, it means the victim suffered great bodily injury. Great bodily injury can be shown by the victim sustaining a bone fracture, protracted and obvious disfigurement, protracted loss/impairment of the function of a body part or organ, mental faculty, or the injury creates a substantial risk of death. (OUJI-CR 4-28).
Penalties for Assault and Battery in Oklahoma can range from 30 days in jail for misdemeanor assault to up to five years in prison for aggravated assault and battery.
As with any crime, the sooner you retain an attorney the better. You should not delay discussing your case with an experienced Tulsa lawyers immediately. At our firm, we defend against a wide range of assault and battery charges in Tulsa, OK. We strive to provide our clients with only the best service and representation throughout every stage of the criminal process. Our attorneys are thoroughly dedicated to representing our clients’ rights and interests. Contact our Tulsa criminal defense lawyers by phone at (918)592-1144 or online for a consultation.