Bill Signed into Law Will Increase Penalties for Assault on Off-Duty Officer

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation signed into law will increase the penalty for assaulting an off-duty law enforcement officer.

Currently, the assailant would face a felony charge for an assault on a uniformed officer, but only a misdemeanor if off-duty.

House Bill 1318 would make an assault on an off-duty officer a felony.

“Under current law, a criminal could pursue a law enforcement officer in their private lives and face a lower penalty,” said Sanders, R-Kingfisher. “The legislation does not create a felony in all situations, but it does make it possible to charge the assailant with a felony if they are coming after members of law enforcement, regardless of whether he or she is on- or off-duty.”

The new law will take effect on Nov. 1.

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