When in a relationship or living in the same household, it’s normal to have disagreements and arguments. However, if they become physical, it can pose serious consequences. Whether you made a grave mistake or are falsely accused of physical violence, if you’re facing domestic abuse charges, it’s important to understand what penalties you can expect. You must also know why it’s essential to contact an Oklahoma City felony defense lawyer as soon as possible. The following blog explores what you should know about these circumstances.

What Constitutes Domestic Abuse?

Though most commonly associated with those in intimate relationships, domestic violence can occur when spouses, partners, or family members physically assault or mentally and emotionally manipulate another person. Intimate partners tend to include anyone you have a child with, are dating, or have affectionate or sexual relations with. Family members include someone related by blood or marriage while living in the same home.

Most generally, those in abusive relationships experience physical violence, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Slapping
  • Punching
  • Shaking
  • Throwing
  • Sexually assaulting
  • Restraining
  • Drugging
  • Threatening violence

Generally, anytime commits assault or battery against an intimate partner or family member living in the same household, it is considered domestic violence.

When Is Domestic Violence Charged as a Felony?

Generally, if charged with domestic abuse for the first time, it will be a misdemeanor offense with intense penalties. However, a second time will warrant a felony charge. Similarly, any aggravating circumstances on a first-time offense can constitute a felony charge.

Aggravating circumstances that can increase the severity of a domestic violence charge include whether the act was committed in front of a child, if it was against a pregnant woman who suffered a miscarriage as a result, or if great bodily harm resulted from the assault.

Those convicted of felony domestic abuse can be incarcerated for up to four years and face a penalty of up to $10,000. Similarly, a felony conviction can impact child custody, employment, and housing opportunities.

What Should I Do if I’m Facing Charges?

If you’re facing a felony misdemeanor, it’s vital to understand how to proceed. Working with an attorney can help you craft a defense against the charges. Unfortunately, many domestic violence instances are “he said, she said” situations. As such, you may be able to prove that your accuser did not tell the truth about how they incurred their injuries. Similarly, you may be able to prove that you are actually the victim and that the injuries the plaintiff sustained were the result of self-defense.

When you’re in trouble, the Jones Firm, PLLC can help. We believe that everyone is entitled to competent legal representation when facing charges. As such, our dedicated firm will work tirelessly to explore all possible defenses to help you through the challenges you’re facing. Contact us today to learn more about how we will fight for you.