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I have worked with numerous attorneys over the past 20 years and John is one if the best! He’s very dedicated to his clients and pays great attention to every detail. If you are in need of an attorney definitely give John Cannon a call. You’ll be glad you did! - Angelia Clark

CANNON & ASSOCIATES is dedicated to Fierce Advocacy for clients facing criminal charges in Oklahoma, including domestic violence. John Cannon is a former domestic violence prosecutor with experiences defending and prosecuting hundreds of domestic violence cases.

Often, the mere accusation of domestic violence is all that is required for a person to be arrested and charged with domestic violence in Oklahoma. That alone is a scary fact; however, when paired with the issue that many people believe a person would not make a false accusation of being the victim on domestic abuse or domestic violence increases the seriousness of defending domestic violence crimes is Oklahoma.

Your career, your freedom and your reputation depend on the outcome of your domestic violence case in Oklahoma.  Your interests demand you contact an experienced domestic violence criminal defense attorney upon become a suspect of domestic violence or being arrested for domestic violence.  Contact CANNON & ASSOCIATES, PLLC now to receive a free confidential consultation on your case.

What is Domestic Violence in Oklahoma?

Domestic violence is behavior used to exert power and control over another person by means of fear and intimidation. Many people wrongly assume that domestic violence only refers to physical violence. Domestic violence is not exclusive to physical harm and can also occur in the form of emotional abuse, sexual abuse, threats, intimidation, and other behaviors designed to frighten and control.

Domestic abuse is defined at OKLA. STAT. tit. 21 § 60.1 as any act of physical harm, or the threat of imminent physical harm which is committed by an adult, emancipated minor, or minor child 13 years of age or older against another adult, emancipated minor or minor child who are family or household members or who are or were in a dating relationship.

Criminal Assault is defined at OKLA. STAT. tit. 21 § 641 as the willful and unlawful attempt or offer with force, coercion, or violence to do corporal harm to another. Criminal Assault does not require actual physical contact.

Criminal Battery is defined at OKLA. STAT. tit. 21 § 642 as any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another. Criminal Battery requires actual physical contact.

Types of Domestic Violence

There are five categories of domestic violence recognized in the United States and adopted in Oklahoma:

  1. Psychological violence: verbal abuse such as threats and name calling; unreasonable possessiveness; isolating the victim from his or her support system such as family and friends; destroying physical property
  2. Physical violence: domestic abuse assault, domestic abuse assault and battery, domestic abuse strangulation, and domestic abuse with a dangerous weapon
  3. Sexual abuse: forced sexual advances or attempts at forcing sexual advances
  4. Emotional: an attack on an individual’s mental state
  5. Economic: coercion through forced financial co-dependency

Who Qualifies as a Domestic Violence Victim?

The specific relationships that are protected from domestic violence are listed out in OKLA. STAT. tit. 21 §644(C), (D), (E), and (H). The relationships that qualify for domestic violence are the following:

  • A spouse or former spouse
  • A present spouse of a former spouse
  • A former spouse of a present spouse
  • Parents and foster parents
  • A child
  • A person related by blood or marriage
  • A current or former dating relationship
  • The parent of a mutual child
  • A person currently or previously living in the same house

Domestic Violence Crimes in Oklahoma

Domestic violence crimes come in as many varieties as the relationships that constitute domestic violence. Each of the following alleged crimes require a different approach, attention to details, and Fierce Advocacy to obtain the best possible outcome for clients. It is important the domestic violence defense attorney you hire has a track record of success in defending the specific offense you are facing:

  • Domestic Abuse: Assault and Battery
  • Domestic Abuse: Assault and Battery with Great Bodily Injury
  • Domestic Abuse: Assault and Battery in the presence of a child
  • Domestic Abuse: Assault and Battery upon a pregnant woman
  • Domestic Abuse: Assault and Battery by Strangulation
  • Domestic Abuse: Assault and Battery by Attempted Strangulation
  • Domestic Abuse: Assault and Battery with a Dangerous Weapon

Domestic Violence Penalties

In most cases, a first-time domestic violence or domestic abuse charge is a misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. This penalty far exceeds the potential punishment for a first-time offense of simple assault or simple assault and battery, which carries up to 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine. However, first-time domestic violence offenses in Oklahoma can have a much larger penalty, if an aggravating factor is present:

  • Domestic Abuse in the presence of a minor: minimum of six months in jail
  • Domestic Abuse, subsequent offense: felony, up to four years in prison
  • Domestic Abuse with a dangerous weapon: up to ten years in prison
  • Domestic Abuse with great bodily injury: up to ten years in prison
  • Domestic Abuse with a firearm or deadly weapon: up to life in prison


Experience matters when you are facing domestic abuse or domestic violence charges in Oklahoma. It is important to know the Oklahoma domestic violence defense attorney you hire is dedicated to your cause and versed in all aspects of domestic violence defense. John Cannon, owner of CANNON & ASSOCIATES, is a former domestic violence prosecutor and very experienced in the law and issues associated with domestic vilence charges in Oklahoma. He has faced these cases from both sides of the courtroom and has the experience to defend your case. He will personally represent you and work along-side you during the entire process. He will keep you informed. John has the experience you need and will bring it to bear in your case.

Additionally, John Cannon has an outstanding record of reaching the best possible outcome for hundreds of clients, evidenced by receiving the highest possible AVVO rating – 10 (superb). Contact CANNON & ASSOCIATES, PLLC to protect your rights and Fight your Oklahoma domestic violence case. You may send an email inquiry, complete the contact form on our website, or call at 1(405) 657-2323 for a free confidential consultation.

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