Domestic Violence Doesn’t Always Look Like What You’re Picturing

If you’re like most people, you imagine a man abusing his wife or girlfriend when you hear the words “domestic violence.” While that description certainly does apply to some cases, domestic violence charges in Oklahoma can involve any family member you have a domestic relationship with. This includes parents, siblings, and in-laws, as well as present or former roommates.

It does not matter if both parties were of equal size and strength. It does not matter if things just got out of control because you were both drinking. It doesn’t even matter if the alleged victim has decided they aren’t interested in seeing you legally punished. If there was a great bodily injury under Oklahoma law, you’re looking at a felony charge with up to 10 years in prison, regardless of the exact circumstances.

Don’t Rush to “Clear the Air”

If you feel as though the criminal charges you are facing are the result of a simple misunderstanding, it can be tempting to try to take action to tell your side of the story. This is a mistake. Here are three key pieces of advice to keep in mind:

  • Don’t provide information to the police without a lawyer present, even if the officer seems to be on your side.
  • Don’t post about the incident on social media.
  • Don’t violate a protective order to attempt to speak to the alleged victim.

We encourage you to request our free guide, Domestic Violence Charges in Oklahoma: What You Need to Know to learn more about what to expect after you’ve been arrested and how to avoid common mistakes that limit your ability to mount an effective defense.

We’re Here to Help, Not Judge

At Berlin Defense, we understand that good people make mistakes. Our focus is on helping our clients navigate complicated legal situations without judgment. We will work to ensure you have an opportunity to tell your side of the story and that unfair charges don’t negatively impact your future.


Lee Berlin
Dedicated to defending clients accused of domestic violence, sex & violent crimes throughout eastern Oklahoma.