Understanding Assault And Battery Charges

Assault and battery are two of the most commonly misunderstood charges in Oklahoma. They are often charged together, but can also be charged separately.

Many people are surprised by being charged with assault even though they did not hurt anyone. However, assault is defined as threatening or attempting to cause physical harm. No actual physical harm needs to be caused to be charged with assault.

Battery is charged when there is physical contact. Punching and kicking can lead to a battery charge. Even spitting on someone can result in a battery charge. The severity of the charge depends on the amount of harm caused to the alleged victim. Even a minor battery charge in which there was no serious bodily injury can result in up to 90 days in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. When there is serious bodily harm, the penalties can be devastating.

Defense Strategies In Assault And Battery Cases

At Smalley Law Firm in Norman, our attorneys are well-versed in defense strategies available in these cases, thanks to our 25-plus years of criminal defense experience. Every case is different, and we recognize that when police are called to the scene of these crimes, they may not take the time to listen to everyone's side of the story. We will listen to your side, and we will gather the necessary evidence to defend you.

It is not uncommon for these charges to stem from bar fights or from a person's attempt to defend himself or herself against a physical attack. Whether you were simply engaged in self-defense, there was mutual combat or there was a misunderstanding, we will stand up for your rights and represent you through negotiation and trial, if appropriate.

We are also skilled in handling domestic violence assault and battery cases, as well as other special classifications of assault and battery.

Get Aggressive Defense Against Assault And Battery Charges

Call 405-322-5653 or send an email to enlist an experienced lawyer who will make certain your side of the story is heard in your assault or battery case.