Child Witnesses to Domestic Violence - Oklahoma

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Circumstances That Constitute Witnessing

Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 21, § 644(H)

In criminal law: 'In the presence of a child' means in the physical presence of a child or having knowledge that a child is present and may see or hear an act of domestic violence. For the purposes of this section, a 'child' may be any child whether or not related to the victim or the defendant.

Consequences

Citation: Ann. Stat. Tit. 21, § 644(G)

Any person convicted of domestic abuse that was committed in the presence of a child shall be punished as follows:

  • Imprisonment in the county jail for no less than 6 months or more than 1 year, a fine not exceeding $5,000, or by both
  • For second or subsequent convictions, imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections for no less than 1 year or more than 5 years, a fine not exceeding $7,000, or by both