Assault With A Deadly Weapon: How To Fight The Criminal Charges
Felonious assault is a major crime, but often the charges stem from a fight or altercation in which events escalated quickly and got out of hand. If you are accused of assault with a weapon or attacking someone and causing serious injury, you will need skilled representation to challenge the prosecution’s version of events and avoid a long prison sentence.
Our legal team at David G. Moore, Attorney at Law, has the skills you need to protect your rights and assert your viable defenses if you are accused of felony assault. As a former prosecutor and as a criminal defense lawyer, David Moore, our lead attorney, has handled serious felony cases in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and throughout southwest Michigan. Contact our firm today for a free consultation.
Skilled Defense Against Felony Assault Charges
Simple assault refers to pushing, shoving and threatening gestures. Aggravated assault refers to lasting injury such as a black eye or worse. These are misdemeanor offenses.
- Assault with a dangerous weapon (also known as felonious assault) is a serious felony crime punishable by up to four years in prison. This includes any objects that might put someone in fear for his or her life, such as guns, knives, baseball bats or broken bottles.
- Assault with intent to do great bodily harm (with or without a weapon) is another tier of felonious assault, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
- Assault with intent to rob is a high felony that carries a prison term of 15 years (unarmed) to life in prison (armed assault).
For any charge of felonious assault, our team thoroughly examines the police reports, witness accounts and any other evidence to explore possible defenses. Was it self-defense? Provocation? Mutual combat? Was the weapon actually brandished, or was it merely in the accused’s possession? Was there really intent to cause harm?
As your advocates, we look at the charges against you from all angles to try to spare you from a felony conviction and time behind bars. We also explore negotiations for lesser charges or alternative punishments to prevent an isolated event or heat-of-the-moment choice from ruining a young person’s life.
Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation
You can count on us for skilled, aggressive and knowledgeable criminal defense that protects your rights. Call today at 269-216-4573 to arrange for a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation about fighting these charges and protecting your future, or contact us online.