All Assault Convictions Have Consequences
Whether you face domestic violence or assault charges, you don’t want a conviction on your record. These are violent crimes that can affect your future for many years. Even if your existing charge is a misdemeanor, subsequent offenses are felonies with more serious consequences.
Rather than take chances with the police, we recommend discussing your case with a lawyer. Attorney Elton Jenkins has 17 years of criminal law experience and is well-known for his reputation as an aggressive negotiator and trial lawyer. Call him today at the firm’s office in Norman: 405-928-8708.
A simple assault charge may not be a simple matter. Employers, colleges and landlords do not want to see an assault conviction on your record. Even if you were arrested and charged, you don’t have to plead guilty. You may have a valid defense that will result in reduced or dismissed charges. To fully understand your rights, however, you should speak with an attorney.
Domestic Violence And No-Contact Orders
Attorney Jenkins has worked on hundreds of domestic violence cases. As a licensed intern with the Cleveland County District Attorney’s office, he won 12 consecutive domestic violence trials, so he also knows how the state prosecutes these cases.
In domestic violence cases, police often arrest the person who appears to have caused the injury, but this does not necessarily mean that person will be charged or convicted. If you were arrested, don’t assume your case is over. You may have an affirmative defense such as mutual combat, self-defense or the defense of others or property. If you have an alibi witness, you must give notice to the state that you plan to use the witness. Don’t wait and miss the deadline.
In Oklahoma, judges place no-contact orders on all alleged domestic abuse cases. If you violate a no-contact order, your bond will be greatly increased, which will likely mean you will remain in jail until the next hearing. You can have the alleged victim speak with our lawyer to ask the judge to remove the no-contact order, however.