Loss of Gun Rights

If you are convicted of domestic assault and battery, you will forfeit your right to own or use a gun for protection, hunting, target shooting, or employment. Even though individuals with felony domestic violence convictions have not been able to legally own or possess guns since the passage of the 1968 Gun Control Act, misdemeanor offenses will also result in the loss of gun rights due to the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban (Lautenberg Amendment) passed by Congress in 1996.Oklahoma Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer Lee Berlin

Any violation of the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban is considered a felony, including shipping, transporting, possessing, or receiving firearms or ammunition. The law has been criticized by many as being overly restrictive, but its provisions have been upheld repeatedly by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Possible Limitations Placed on Custody and Visitation

If you are convicted of domestic assault and battery, you can expect that you will not receive custody of your child in a pending divorce. Under Oklahoma law, joint or sole custody should not be awarded to a parent who has been convicted of domestic violence in the past five years. You may still receive visitation, but there will be strict limits in place to protect your child as well as the child’s parent.

In the most extreme cases, domestic violence convictions can lead to the termination of parental rights. Once your parental rights have been terminated, this change can’t be undone regardless of any efforts you later make to cooperate with the court.

To Avoid Consequences, You Need a Skilled Attorney

For more information on why it’s vital that you take domestic violence charges seriously, request a copy of our free guide, Domestic Violence Charges in Oklahoma: What You Need to Know. Here, you’ll learn about the penalties for offenses as well as how charges are prosecuted.

The best way to avoid the consequences of a domestic assault and battery conviction is to consult an experienced attorney immediately. Even if the alleged victim doesn’t want to press charges, the state does not need permission to proceed with the case against you. Lee Berlin is the only private attorney in Oklahoma to focus his law practice on defending individuals accused of domestic abuse and other special victim crimes, which makes him well-equipped to help you avoid the potential negative consequences of a conviction.

Have You Been Charged With a Domestic Assault and Battery Crime in the Tulsa, OK Area?

If you or a loved one has been charged with domestic assault & battery in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call 918.384.0850 for your initial strategy session. We are proud to serve Tulsa and all surrounding areas.


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