The length of jail time for domestic violence in Oklahoma can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case and the severity of the offense. The maximum sentence for domestic abuse in Oklahoma is one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The maximum range of punishment for felony domestic violence cases can be three years, five years, or even more, depending on what type of domestic violence charges you are facing. 

The length of you sentence on a domestic violence case, if convicted, is impacted by factors such as prior convictions, the use of a weapon, the extent of the victim’s injuries, and the criminal defense attorney you hire to fight for you.

It’s important to note that the specific sentence for a domestic violence conviction can only be determined by a judge or a jury and can depend on the facts and evidence presented in court. If you have been charged with domestic violence in Oklahoma, it’s best to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can advise you on your specific case and the possible consequences you may face. 

Resources when facing Domestic Violence Charges

Our team of Your Fierce Advocates® at Cannon & Associates is led by out founder, John Cannon. He is a former domestic violence prosecutor and has handled over 1,000 domestic violence cases from both the prosecution and the defense perspective. You can find resources on our YouTube page. This article is intended to answer your questions about consequences of domestic violence in Oklahoma, how to avoid going to jail on domestic violence charges, and other common questions our clients face regarding being charged with domestic violence. 

You are welcome to call us at (405) 689-8218 any day or night to schedule a FREE confidential case planning session. Until we can speak with you, we hope the following information is helpful. 


There is no guaranteed way to avoid jail time for domestic violence charges, as the outcome of a domestic violence case can depend on a variety of factors, including the specific circumstances of the case, the severity of the abuse, and the court where the case is being prosecuted. However, there are several steps that you can take that may help reduce the likelihood of jail time:

Seek Legal Counsel: If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is vital to seek the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand the charges against you and the possible consequences you may face. Cannon and Associates is dedicated being Your Fierce Advocates® and we are ready to answer your questions and help you find a way forward.

Get Your Case Dismissed: when you work with an experienced criminal defense attorney, they can fight for your case to be dismissed through speaking to the victim and other witnesses, presenting a basis for dismissal to the prosecutor, and fighting your case in court. 

You are under no obligation to enter a guilty plea or “work out your case.” The prosecution has the burden of proof to show that you committed the charged crimes beyond a reasonable doubt. We are Fierce Advocates® and will fight for every client that hires us. 

However, sometimes the evidence and facts support our clients entering a plea agreement. The following steps are mitigating and will help you and your Oklahoma criminal defense attorney work out a deal to avoid jail time or reduce your sentence.

Complete Anger Management or Domestic Violence Classes: Completing anger management or domestic violence classes, such as the Statutory Batterer’s Intervention Program, you can demonstrate to the prosecutor and the court that you are taking steps to address what causes the case to come before the Court. Prosecutors appreciate the positive effort this step shows and they often will make a better plea offer, if you take this step before Court.

Present Evidence of Rehabilitation: If you are facing domestic violence charges, you can present evidence of rehabilitation, such as letters of support, proof of attendance at counseling or support group meetings, or certificates of completion of anger management, domestic violence classes, or drug treatment to demonstrate to the court that you have taken steps to address your behavior.

These steps may be terms of probation if you decide to resolve your case by plea agreement. Completing the right courses of action before resolving your case will improve your sentence. Our team of domestic violence defense attorneys will help you build the best plan for your situation. 

Take Responsibility: If you are guilty of domestic violence, it is important to accept responsibility for your actions and show remorse. This can help demonstrate to the prosecutor that you are taking the charges seriously and it will lead to your criminal defense attorney obtaining a more lenient sentence; hopefully avoiding any jail time.

It is important to note that these steps are not guaranteed to avoid jail time, as the outcome of a domestic violence case can depend on the specific facts and circumstances of the case. If you have been charged with domestic violence, it is best to consult with an experienced domestic violence defense attorney who can advise you on the specific steps you can take to protect your rights and minimize the chance of serving time in jail or prison.


A criminal defense attorney can assist you in several ways if you have been charged with domestic violence and are facing the possibility of jail time. Some of the ways an attorney can help include:

Investigation: Your criminal defense attorney should thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your case, including reviewing any police reports and talking to witnesses. This information can be used to build a strong defense and to negotiate with prosecutors for a more favorable plea bargain. Our on staff investigator works with every client facing domestic violence charges to ensure we obtain the information necessary to defend the case and hopefully obtain a dismissal or reduction of charges.

Negotiating a Plea Bargain: If the evidence against you is strong, your domestic violence defense attorney may be able to negotiate a plea bargain that reduces the charges or sentence you may face. A plea bargain may allow you to avoid jail time and instead receive a sentence such as probation, community service, or counseling. 

Representation in Court: Your attorney should fight for you in court and provide a strong defense against the charges. This may include challenging the evidence against you, cross-examining witnesses, and presenting evidence in your favor.

Advising on the Consequences of a Conviction: Your criminal defense attorney should advise you on the consequences of a conviction, including the impact on your freedom, your employment, and your reputation. This information can be used to make informed decisions about your case. We do everything possible to help clients avoid a conviction and jail time as both have long term consequences for clients.

Protecting Your Rights: Your domestic violence defense attorney should ensure that your rights are protected throughout the legal process, including the right to a fair trial, the right to remain silent, and the right to an attorney.

It’s important to keep in mind that the outcome of a domestic violence case can depend on a variety of factors, including the specific facts and circumstances of the case, the county where the case is being prosecuted, and the evidence that is presented. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the complex legal process and work to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. We fight to try and help every client avoid a conviction and avoid going to jail.


Deciding on which criminal defense lawyer or criminal defense firm is right for you is not an easy choice. There are many skilled defense attorneys in Oklahoma, but not every criminal defense attorney is skilled or experienced in defending domestic violence cases. The following are important factors to consider in choosing the right domestic violence defense attorney for you:

Track record: research the attorney’s track record, including the types of cases they have handled and their success rate. Consider working with an attorney who has successfully handled cases like yours in the past. We have successfully defended hundreds of clients facing domestic violence charges and we use our experience to craft the best strategy for every client.

Reputation: look for an attorney with a good reputation in the legal community. Ask for references from other lawyers, former clients, or check online reviews. We are proud to have more 5-star online reviews than 99.9% of law firms in Oklahoma.

Specialization: consider working with an attorney who specializes in criminal defense, and specifically, domestic violence cases. An attorney who specializes in these types of cases will have a deeper understanding of the legal issues involved and the best strategies for defense. Yes, Cannon and Associates practices criminal defense and family law. However, family law is a different side of our firm. The investigator, attorneys, and staff that handle criminal defense in our office do not practice family law. They are Fierce Advocates® for your criminal defense.

Communication skills: choose an attorney who is clear and direct in their communication with you. A good criminal defense attorney will keep you informed of the status of your case, explain the legal process, and answer your questions. We hold weekly team meetings to review every case in the firm and work as a team to build the best strategy to win your case. We use digital files that are accessible 24-hours a day to our clients. 

Availability: consider an attorney who is easily accessible and responsive to your calls and emails. A good criminal defense attorney will make themselves available to you, especially when you need them the most. Our criminal defense team appears in court regularly to fight for our clients. However, you are always welcome to reach out to the team and expect an answer to your questions in a short period of time. You may contact the investigator and paralegals as well for answers to any question. 

Remember, the right attorney for you may depend on your individual needs and the specific facts of your case. It may be helpful to meet with several criminal defense attorneys before making a decision to ensure that you find one who is experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated to your case.


If you are facing domestic violence charges or are under investigation for domestic violence in Oklahoma, it is important to work with an experienced Oklahoma City domestic violence defense attorney. When you take a strategic approach to your Oklahoma domestic violence case, you increase your chances of obtaining a dismissal or the best outcome in your domestic violence case.

Your Fierce Advocates® at Cannon & Associates are dedicated to answering your questions and preparing you for whatever lies ahead in your Oklahoma domestic violence defense case. Our owner is a Judge Advocate and former domestic violence prosecutor, and we take pride in assisting clients through the difficult times of facing the criminal justice system.

We cannot guarantee that you will avoid jail by hiring us, but we promise to maximize your chances of avoiding jail. CALL NOW 405-591-3935 for your free confidential case strategy session to help you understand your options in your Oklahoma domestic violence defense