Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Penal Code 245(a)(1) PC
California Penal Code Section 240 defines “simple assault” as an unlawful attempt to commit violence on another person. Penal Code Section 245(a)(1) defines assault with a deadly weapon, commonly referred to as AWD or aggravated assault, as committing an assault with a deadly weapon likely to cause great bodily injury. If charged with this crime, you will need an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles to defend such a charge.
Misdemeanor vs. Felony Charge
AWD is a wobbler offense, meaning that depending on the circumstances, the offense may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. This decision is based on the type of weapon/instrument used; whether the person assaulted sustained an injury; and the status of the victim.
As to these factors taken into consideration, a conviction for AWD may result in anywhere from 24 to 144 months in prison. Make sure you get help from a skilled lawyer if you are facing these charges. Our office can be reached at (213) 542-0979.
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Our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys are well seasoned and well experienced in the area of criminal defense. We have dealt with thousands of assault and assault with a deadly weapon cases and have seen great results. We are knowledgeable on all laws and courtroom procedures involving assault with a deadly weapon. .
We guarantee our dedication and persistence in doing everything we can to get you the best possible results. We will carefully analyze the charges and assert any and all defense applicable to the charge.
Common defenses to AWD are self defense, defense of others, consent, lack of intent, insufficient evidence, constitutional violations by police officers, and inability to carry out the assault such as threatening to shoot with an unloaded gun. We understand how to defend each of these charges.
If you are facing AWD charge, our goal is to keep you out of prison and to protect your legal rights. Contact our law firm and we will sit down with you and discuss your charges and lay out all your available options. You can contact our office by calling (213) 542-0979.