In many jurisdictions, there are varying degrees of assault. Often, jurisdictions will distinguish between attempting to injure someone with and without a deadly weapon. When an individual tries to injure another with a deadly weapon, the crime may be referred to as aggravated assault.
If you or someone you know has been accused of aggravated assault, contact the San Jose criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. at (408) 296-4100.
Assault vs. Aggravated Assault
Aggravated assault may refer to assault with a deadly weapon as opposed to assault without the use of a weapon. You may be accused of aggravated assault if you try to injure someone with a:
- Blunt object
Any of these weapons may cause serious harm to an individual, which is usually why the assaulter uses them. Even if an individual fails to injure their potential victim with the deadly weapon, he or she may still face charges for the intent to injure another.
Aggravated assault is a felony if you are found guilty. In most cases, an individual convicted of aggravated assault will face jail time in a state prison. There are exceptions to this rule, as there are with any criminal case. For instance, an individual found to be legally insane may spend time in an asylum rather than in prison.
When you have been accused of assault, aggravated or otherwise, it is important to consult with an experience criminal defense attorney so that you can receive proper legal counsel.
Aggravated assault may carry a heavy sentence. If you or someone you love has been accused of aggravated assault, the San Jose criminal lawyer, Daniel Jensen may be able to help you. Contact us at (408) 296-4100 for more information.