Sometimes when people are charged with domestic violence, the person who accused them also files for a victim protective order, commonly known as a restraining order.
In Oklahoma, an emergency victim protective order may be assigned at the scene of the arrest. However, this protective order would only be temporary, but a first offense for violating a protective order is still charged as a misdemeanor. A second or subsequent VPO violation is a felony charge that carries a punishment range of 1 to 3 years in prison and a max fine of up to $10,000.00.
Additionally, many defendants facing domestic violence charges in Oklahoma are encouraged to go through a Batterer’s Intervention Program, often referred to as BIP.
Some defendants enroll in this program early on in their case in an attempt to secure a more favorable plea deal, but sometimes the program is mandated by the court. It’s important that attendees show up to the course in order for the program to help with your case or probation agreement. If you violate the terms mandated by the court, you may have to start the course again or face other consequences, as well.