Assault, in basic terms, is an attempt to commit a violent injury on another person. Assault with a deadly weapon is an assault (attempt to commit an injury) on another person using some weapon OR by any means of force likely to cause great bodily injury.
Assault with a deadly weapon does not necessarily require the use of a gun or knife or any other type of object that often comes to mind when thinking of a deadly weapon – extreme force is enough. It also does not require physical contact with the victim.
Assault with a deadly weapon is “wobbler” and can be charged as a misdemeanor or as a felony depending on the severity of the alleged assault and any injuries suffered by the victim.
If you or someone you care about is facing an assault charge of any kind, the criminal defense attorneys at the Weinrieb Law Firm can help explain the charges and properly defend against them. We can be reached twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week at (818) 933-6555.