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Penalties When Children Witness Domestic Violence vs. Animal Cruelty Law
Penalties When Children Witness Domestic Violence
OKLAHOMA STATE TITLE 21 SECTION 644
First Offense is considered a Criminal Misdemeanor.
A. Assault shall be punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding thirty (30) days, or by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.
B. Assault and battery shall be punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding ninety (90) days, or by a fine of not more than One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment.
C. Any person who commits any assault and battery against a current or former spouse, a present spouse of a former spouse, parents, a foster parent, a child, a person otherwise related by blood or marriage, a person with whom the defendant is in a dating relationship as defined by Section 60.1 of Title 22 of the Oklahoma Statutes, an individual with whom the defendant has had a child, a person who formerly lived in the same household as the defendant, or a person living in the same household as the defendant shall be guilty of domestic abuse. Upon conviction, the defendant shall be punished by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year, or by a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment. Upon conviction for a second or subsequent offense, the person shall be punished by imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for not more than four (4) years, or by a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), or by both such fine and imprisonment. The provisions of Section 51.1 of this title shall not apply to any second or subsequent offense.
Penalties When You Kick A dog or commit animal cruelty
OKLAHOMA STATE TITLE 21 SECTION 1685
First Offense automatically charged with Criminal Felony.
Any person who shall willfully or maliciously torture, destroy or kill, or cruelly beat or injure, maim or mutilate any animal in subjugation or captivity, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to the person or to another, or deprive any such animal of necessary food, drink, shelter, or veterinary care to prevent suffering; or who shall cause, procure or permit any such animal to be so tortured, destroyed or killed, or cruelly beaten or injured, maimed or mutilated, or deprived of necessary food, drink, shelter, or veterinary care to prevent suffering; or who shall willfully set on foot, instigate, engage in, or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal, or any act tending to produce such cruelty, shall be guilty of a felony and shall be punished by imprisonment in the State Penitentiary not exceeding five (5) years, or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding one (1) year, or by a fine not exceeding Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00). Any animal so maltreated or abused shall be considered an abused or neglected animal.
A woman in fear of her life is being victimized again because a simple assault is only a misdemeanor. That gives the abuser power over the victim. This does not show the abuser that there are consequences for his actions. In Creek County, most Domestic Abuse Assault and Battery in the presence of a minor child is given a monetary fine, suspended or deferred sentences and probation. In most cases, the abuser is also sentenced to a Domestic Violence Program and other necessary psychological treatment. Does treatment actually work for most abusers?
In some cases treatment through a Domestic Violence program or psychological treatment can work. Usually those who have a habitual record of domestic violence or a violent nature, treatment is not effective.
This law needs to be changed. Kick a dog, your charged with a felony. Abuse a woman, you’re given a misdemeanor. Is that right? This is telling abusers that dogs are worth more than a woman is. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!
WE MUST CHANGE OKLAHOMA LAW NOW!!