Domestic violence is an extremely serious matter and what happens in the heat of the moment can have a lasting impact on the lives of those involved. Victims may desperately fear for their safety or lives, while those facing domestic abuse allegations stand to lose their reputation, career, family, friends, freedom, and even the right to own or possess a firearm. As a result, if you're embroiled in an Oklahoma domestic violence case, you're going to need high-quality legal representation and support. Thankfully, you've come to the right firm.
At the Law Office of Aaron D. Bundy, PLC, we understand what's at stake and fight hard to ensure you receive the justice you deserve. Need to petition the civil court to grant—or extend—a protective order against your abuser? We can help. Arrested for or charged with domestic assault and battery (or a related crime against a family or household member or dating partner)? Whether you've been falsely accused or made a grave mistake, our accomplished legal team can investigate the facts of your case and provide a robust criminal defense. Here's what you need to know.
Oklahoma Protective Orders
If you're a domestic violence victim, our compassionate and dedicated attorneys can help you petition for a civil order of protection in your local district court, or work with law enforcement to petition a judge directly if your emergent need for a Victim Protective Order (VPO) occurs outside of regular court hours. More commonly known as restraining orders, VPOs are legally enforceable documents that instruct a person to stay a certain distance away from—and avoid other forms of contact with—someone they're accused of having abused, harassed, raped, or stalked.
As a victim, you can petition for a protective order even if the person harassing you hasn't been charged with a crime, or you've already been granted a Temporary Protective Order as part of a criminal court proceeding. The law allows you to seek protection from a wide range of family or household members or dating partners, including:
- A spouse or former spouse
- A former spouse's current spouse
- Parents, grandparents, stepparents, foster parents, or adoptive parents
- Children, grandchildren, stepchildren, foster children, or adopted children
- Anyone related to you by blood or marriage
- Anyone with whom you share a child, even if you were never married to that person
- Anyone you live with or with whom you used to live
- Someone you're dating or used to date
While a VPO doesn't provide physical protection for victims of domestic violence, it does offer legal recourse in the event that an abuser violates such an order.
Criminal Defense for Domestic Violence Accusations and Charges
If someone is seeking a protective order against you, or you've been accused of or charged with a domestic violence-related crime, the magnitude of what you're facing simply can't be overstated. Don't make the mistake of thinking this will all just go away if you talk to the victim and try to smooth things over. You need the representation of a highly-skilled criminal defense attorney.
Whether a judge has granted your accuser a protective order, or you've been charged with a misdemeanor or felony, serious consequences can loom on the horizon. For example, violating a VPO is itself a criminal misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or a year in jail (or both) and may be upgraded to a felony charge in some circumstances. Violating an order of protection a second time is automatically charged as a felony, regardless of whether the victim was physically harmed.
If you're convicted of domestic abuse, you could face fines of up to $20,000 or up to 20 years in prison, depending on the severity of the offense. Due to federal law, even a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence could force you to give up your right to bear arms. There's far too much at stake to go it alone. Let us help. We provide criminal defense for cases involving domestic abuse, intimate partner rape, and related issues.
High-Quality, Results-Focused Legal Support for Oklahoma Domestic Violence Matters
Don't let domestic violence derail your plans for the future. Whether you're the victim or the accused, you need a consummate legal professional to help you navigate thorny these domestic abuse issues. Fortunately, that's exactly what you'll find at the Law Office of Aaron D. Bundy. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a private consultation.