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What is the Difference Between Assault and Battery?

Updated: Feb 2, 2023

Oftentimes, the criminal offenses of “assault” and “battery” are used interchangeably, however, each offense represents two different yet closely related violent crimes.

In the state of Oklahoma, assault is defined as an attempt to cause physical harm to another person, whereas battery is the actual intentional and unlawful touching or striking of another person without their consent.

So, are assault and battery felony or misdemeanor charges in Oklahoma? The answer largely depends on the severity of the injuries inflicted and the circumstances surrounding the incident.

For example, if an assault results in serious bodily injury, it would likely be charged as a felony offense. On the other hand, if an assault only results in minor injuries, it would likely be charged as a misdemeanor offense.

Likewise, battery charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the severity of the victim’s injuries. For example, if a battery results in great bodily harm, permanent disability, or disfigurement, it would likely be charged as a felony offense.

The punishment for assault and battery in Oklahoma can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case. However, generally speaking, the penalties for these crimes can include fines, jail time, and probation. In some cases, the court may also order the offender to attend anger management classes or undergo other forms of counseling. Repeat offenders may face more severe penalties, such as longer jail sentences.

If you have been charged with assault and battery in Oklahoma, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand the specific charges against you and what options may be available to you. An experienced attorney will also be able to advise you of the possible consequences of a conviction and help you build the strongest possible defense.


Meason & Ramsey Law provides a professional experience for all our clients, helping them navigate their legal rights. Our focus is criminal law (felony and misdemeanors). We specialize in Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law, Probate Law. We are currently accepting cases in Washington, Nowata and Osage counties. Meason & Ramsey Law has family lawyers, divorce lawyers, probate lawyers, criminal defense lawyers, DUI & DWI lawyers, co-counsel lawyers, family attorneys, divorce attorneys, probate attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, DUI & DWI attorneys and co-counsel attorneys. Marty Meason and Rodney D. Ramsey, Attorneys

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Bartlesville, OK 74003


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