California Assault with a Deadly Weapon Lawyer
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Assault with a deadly weapon is a very serious charge, one that carries severe penalties that can threaten your freedom and your entire future. If you or your loved one has been accused of assaulting another individual with a deadly weapon, it is critical that you reach out to the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry as soon as possible. Our California assault with a deadly weapon lawyer, Virginia L. Landry, has more than 30 years of criminal defense experience. She, along with our entire team, is prepared to aggressively advocate for you and your rights.
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What Is Considered a “Deadly Weapon” under California Law?
Upon hearing the phrase, “assault with a deadly weapon,” most people think of assaults involving firearms. While this is not an uncommon scenario, it is not the only type of offense that can be charged as such. In fact, California law outlines “assault with a deadly weapon” as any intentional act of assault or threat of assault with a deadly weapon, instrument, object, or by force that will likely result in bodily harm, injury, and/or death.
Some examples of incidents that can be charged as assault with a deadly weapon include:
- Aiming a firearm at another individual
- Using a knife against someone
- Swinging an ax at another person
- Chasing after someone with a Billy club
- Driving a car into another person in a vehicle, on a bike, or on foot
- Attempting to use a household object, such as a fire poker, to harm someone
Generally speaking, just about any object can be considered a “deadly weapon” if it is likely to cause injury when it is used against another person. The circumstances surrounding the incident—such as whether or not the assault was against a police officer or firefighter, as well as whether the offense is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony—play a large role in the harshness of the penalties you may face. However, the consequences of a conviction are nearly always serious, and may include fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000, up to four years in state prison, a formal “strike,” and probation.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon Involving a Firearm
While an enormous array of objects can be used as “deadly weapons,” assault with a deadly weapon commonly involves the alleged use of a firearm. In these types of cases, the type of firearm, whether it was legal or illegal, and a number of other factors will determine the possible penalties. You could be looking at anything from five years of probation to up to 12 years in state prison, $10,000 in fines, and an official “strike” on your criminal record.
If you have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, it is absolutely imperative that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible. California assault with a deadly weapon lawyer Virginia L. Landry is widely regarded as an authority on state gun laws. With over three decades of criminal defense experience and an aggressive approach to trial, she is fully prepared to help you with your case.
Call the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry at (888) 272-6668 today for a free consultation.