Oklahoma Domestic Abuse Crimes are common and carry steep punishments for convictions. Former NBA Timberwolves player, Dante Cunningham, was accused of domestic abuse in 2014 by his then-girlfriend. The charges included kicking in doors, then pushing and choking her. As a result of these charges, he was not re-signed to the Timberwolves the following year. Further, other teams have been reluctant to sign him due to the charges and his career is basically over. The noteworthy part though, is that the allegations were false and no conviction resulted. It was a form of revenge and posturing by Cunningham’s then-girlfriend in an attempt to gain from his lucrative career. False allegations of domestic abuse can be common in custody and divorce situations. Read on to understand the charges and how we can help.
Defining Oklahoma Domestic Abuse Crimes:
Okla. Stat. tit. 21 § 644(c) defines domestic abuse as assault and battery against any of the following people:
– former spouse
– current spouse of your ex-spouse
– ex- spouse of your current spouse
– a child or parent (esp. eldlerly)
– a family member
– a romantic partner
– a co-parent
– a roommate (current or former)
In reality, anyone who is a family member, is or was a romantic partner, and/or a roommate is a person who could be considered a victim of domestic abuse. Depending on the severity of the abuse, the penalties may differ.
Penalties for Domestic Abuse:
A first offense of domestic violence is a misdemeanor. It is punishable up to one year in prison and/or by fines up to $5,000. However, a second offense is a felony. This carries more severe penalties. If convicted, a person may serve up to 4 years in prison and/or pay a fine of $5,000. Further, even after completing all steps of the punishment, a felony will remain on your permanent record. Thus, you could have trouble finding employment, housing, or gaining custody of children.
Our Lawyers Help With Oklahoma Domestic Abuse Crimes
If you find yourself in a situation like Dante Cunningham’s where false allegations of domestic violence are ruining your life, call our Oklahoma Domestic Abuse Crimes attorneys in Tulsa County. We want to help defend you against unfair and unjust charges. Our team of Tulsa County Criminal attorneys will ensure you receive the best defense possible.