House of Representatives

Rep. Dustin Roberts Comments on Bills that Strengthen Punishment for Domestic Violence and Assault

3/3/2020 2:53:00 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Dustin Roberts (R-Durant) today commented on the passage in committee of two bills that will better protect domestic violence and other assault victims by strengthening bail bond procedures and sentencing laws.


House Bill 1931 specifies that persons arrested for violations of an ex parte or final protective order, an act of domestic abuse, or stalking or harassment would not be eligible for a personal recognizance bond and would be prohibited from having a cash bond posted on his or her behalf by any charitable bail organization.


House Bill 1299 adds the crime of assault, battery, or assault and battery with a dangerous weapon to the list of crimes for which a person convicted of such crime is required to serve a minimum of 85% of the sentence imposed.


“I’m all for criminal justice reform that makes sense and lowers are incarceration rate but not at the expense of the safety of domestic violence or assault victims.” Roberts said. “Those who perpetrate such crimes should not easily or quickly be released from our criminal justice system.”


The two bills passed the House Rules committee recently, HB1931 by unanimous consent and HB 1299 with a vote of 7-1. The bills are now eligible to be considered by the entire House.