Oklahoma City Domestic Violence Attorney
Domestic violence and domestic abuse are one of the secret dangers that many families face. When someone in your home is causing other’s harm, it can be painful to watch and even more complicated to handle.
Many victims of domestic abuse aren’t sure what to do about abuse, and may even struggle with defining whether or not domestic violence has occurred. We all know that it is not okay for a husband to hit his wife. However, when does punishment from a parent to a child constitute domestic violence? What do you do if the violence isn’t physical, but consists of berating comments or controlling behavior? What if they only act this way sometimes?
While domestic violence seems like it should be cut and dry, more households struggle with this issue than you may think. The domestic violence attorneys at The Law Office of Lisé L. Edwards are dedicated to assisting victims and their families by taking legal steps to stop the abuse.
Call The Law Office of Lisé L. Edwards at (405) 451-3346 for a Free Consultation!
Defining Domestic Violence
Domestic assault and abuse encompass more than just child abuse or spousal abuse.
In 21 O.S. 644, the same statute defining Oklahoma assault and battery offenses, domestic abuse is defined as “Any person who commits any assault and battery against a current or former intimate partner or a family or household member… shall be guilty of domestic abuse.” What this means is that you do not have to currently be in a relationship with someone in order for domestic violence to occur, and you do not even have to live in the same household as them at the time the abuse occurs.
Domestic violence can also include more than physical assault. Any type of physical violence or force, even emotional, verbal, or psychological abuse, can count as domestic violence. Controlling behavior, stalking, threatening, and provoking fear can also be covered by domestic violence laws.
If someone connected to your life is threatening you with violence, trying to control your behavior, or is performing violent actions against you or someone else in your household, reach out to us immediately. The dedicated Oklahoma City domestic violence attorneys at The Law Office of Lisé L. Edwards aggressively protect you with swift legal action.
Legal Protection from Violence
From assisting with filing divorce proceedings to separate yourself from the situation to supporting you with filing for victim protective orders, your safety is our top priority.
Beyond Victim Protective Orders (VPO), domestic violence is a legally punishable offense, meaning that there can be fines and jail time associated with perpetrating the abuse.
A first offense is punishable by a year in jail as well as a fine up to $5,000 as a misdemeanor offense, but other circumstances can cause it to be defined as a felony, leading to heftier sentencing. If the act of domestic violence was committed against a pregnant woman, in the presence of a child, with a deadly weapon, or if the perpetrator has a history of domestic abuse, the consequences can include multiple years of imprisonment.
We work hard to see to it that those who have harmed you are dealt the punishment that they deserve, and that you can rest easier without constant fear for your safety or the safety of your family.
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We are dedicated to effectively helping you protect yourself and your family from domestic violence and abuse. If someone in your household, someone who lived with you previously, or someone that you had an intimate relationship with is causing you harm or even just discomfort, we can help.
From assisting with divorce to filing protective orders and ensuring that those who have hurt you get the punishment that they deserve, the Oklahoma City domestic violence lawyers at The Law Office of Lisé L. Edwards are here to aggressively protect you.
Call The Law Office of Lisé L. Edwards today at (405) 451-3346 for your Free Consultation!