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Assault with a deadly weapon, (not a firearm) is a felony under California law.
It is defined as an assault in which you use any “deadly weapon” other than a firearm in a manner likely to produce great bodily harm.
Deadly weapon is deliberately not defined, and can be interpreted as broadly as possible. A deadly weapon could be a blunt instrument like a bat or a tire iron, a blade instrument like a knife, or even a moving vehicle if it is alleged you deliberately attempt to hit a person with your car.
If you are convicted of assault with a deadly weapon, you could face up to $10,000 in fines and 4 months in prison, under California Law.
If you have been charged or are under investigation for assault with a deadly weapon, it is imperative that you contact a competent attorney immediately. This is a serious charge, but lawyers at Jones Law are experienced in its defense.
The help of a good lawyer is critical in limiting the damage that a criminal or DUI case can have on your family, your life and your livelihood. Of course a good lawyer can minimize the penalties such as jail, fines and license suspension or revocation.
David E. Jones is a former Deputy District Attorney and a highly skilled DUI/DWI and criminal defense lawyer with more than 20 years of experience helping clients who are facing State and Federal criminal charges.