Assault with Weapon
No matter what County you are being prosecuted in, assault with a deadly weapon is usually considered to be an especially vicious crime and can result in incarceration and costly fines. If convicted, your entire life may be affected. Future jobs, relationships, educational opportunities, and housing advantages can be put in jeopardy by an assault with a deadly weapon charge, but they do not have to be. With experienced criminal defense counsel you can avoid costly mistakes that too many defendants make, giving you a better chance of having your charges reduced or your case dismissed.
At MacGregor & Collins, LLP, you can count on our defense attorneys to provide you and yours with aggressive and experienced representation. Firm partner, Randy Collins, was the previous District Attorney for the county of Riverside. He uses his experience as a prosecutor to give clients his best criminal defense representation. His relationship with courtroom staff, police officers, and the prosecution can be priceless. If you are serious about defending your assault charge, obtaining top-notch legal counsel will increase your odds of success.
Penalties for Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Assault with a deadly weapon (ADW) can be a misdemeanor or a felony offense. Whether or not a person is charged with a misdemeanor or felony is heavily influenced by whether or not there were any injuries sustained, the person accused had special provisions (like a peace officer), and the type of weapon used during the assault.
Legal Defense for Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Those charged with ADW may have the ability to use a number of different defenses depending on their specific circumstances. If the defendant was physically unable to perform the assault, such as threatening to stab someone while holding a rubber knife, this may be used in their favor. If an act of self-defense were established, the victim gave consent (examples include underground boxing matches), or if a lack of intent by the defendant could be established, these could all be used to defend against misdemeanor or felony ADW charges.