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Assault with a Deadly Weapon

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In California, assault with a deadly weapon (ADW) can occur when an individual utilizes an item capable of inflicting great bodily harm during the course of an assault. ADW can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony and if convicted, you may be facing multiple years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. Due to the nature of AWD, you may incur charges even if no physical contact or injuries occurred. Threatening an individual with a weapon may be enough to warrant charges. It is also important to note that when physical harm does occur, it can be considered battery.

If you are under investigation for assault with a deadly weapon, it is vital to contact Wapner Jones, P.C. as soon as possible. Our Fresno criminal defense attorneys are highly knowledgeable of the laws and charges associated with assault and can draw from their knowledge as former prosecutors to construct a hard-hitting defense. If you want to know where you stand in your case or have questions about how we can help, do not hesitate to contact our firm.


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What is a Deadly Weapon?

Many people are unaware of the breadth of items that can be considered to be “deadly”, assuming only weapons such as guns and knives qualify. Legally, the classification of a deadly weapon can depend on how an item is able to be used in addition to that item’s intended purpose. The key factor that a judge will consider is the situational use of an object to cause great bodily harm. For example, a court may rule that a broken bottle, if used with the intent to stab another person, can legally constitute a deadly weapon.

The following items may constitute deadly weapons when used to cause great bodily harm:

  • Shovels
  • Large rocks
  • Firearms
  • Knives
  • Motor vehicles
  • Steel toe boots

California gives individual attention to assault crimes involving firearms, and the severity of charges and penalties can depend on the type of firearm in question. Assault with weapons such as a handgun can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony depending on the circumstance of the incident. Weapons such as semi-automatic firearms are charged as felonies and can be punishable by nearly a decade in prison. Only a qualified attorney can advise you regarding the nature of your charges and what you may expect in your case.

Facing Assault Charges? Contact Wapner Jones Today!

Being arrested and charged with a violent crime such as assault with a deadly weapon can be tremendously stressful and the actions you take next can greatly influence the outcome of your case. Make no mistake, you have the right to an attorney and you do not have to speak to the police without your lawyer present. At Wapner Jones, P.C., our Fresno criminal defense attorneys possess more than 55 years of combined experience and know how to defend your rights and minimize the risk to your future.

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