Oklahoma Felony Assault and Battery Crimes
While assault is commonly used to describe the attack of another person, legally it is only the threat of harm to another person. This means that simply threatening another person can be assault, if the threat is credible and overt.
Battery is the term that is used when another person is physically harmed.
Understanding Assault and Battery
In Oklahoma, simple assault and battery are typically misdemeanor offenses, but it is important to understand when they are not. They can become felonies if any of the following apply:
- If a weapon is involved, the charge can become assault with a dangerous weapon, or assault with a deadly weapon depending on both the weapon and the way it was used.
- Aggravated assault and battery is the felony charge when the victim suffers great bodily injury, or the victim is someone who could not adequately defend himself or herself.
- Previous assault and battery convictions can make subsequent charges felonies if they were domestic assault and battery.
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Assault and battery charges are serious, whether they are misdemeanors or felonies. Regardless of the details of the case, a conviction can have serious impacts on a person’s life.