While any charge of assault is a serious matter, assaults which involve inflicting physical injury to another person with a dangerous weapon are particularly severe and can expose a defendant to extreme criminal consequences upon conviction. If you have been charged with assault with a deadly weapon, our Birmingham criminal defense lawyer at the Law Office of Jeffrey G. Hester can provide the aggressive representation you need to protect your rights and future during this frightening time. Backed by more than 15 years of proven trial experience and invaluable experience as a former prosecutor, Attorney Hester has what it takes to counter the evidence against you and deliver the high-powered and results driven advocacy you deserve.
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Under Alabama law, a “deadly weapon” can be considered anything designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious physical injury or death to another person, such as a firearm, knife, sword, stiletto, black-jack, bludgeon, baseball bat, or brass knuckles. Likewise, even some everyday objects such as pens, bottles, tools, or pieces of wood can be considered weapons if used in a context where their purpose is to harm another person. An assault with a deadly weapon can be considered to be a Class B felony, Class C felony, or a Class A misdemeanor depending on the level of harm inflicted to a victim, with increased penalties reserved for habitual offenders.
If convicted, you could face the following penalties:
In addition, any assaults that are motivated by the victim’s ethnicity, race, religion, national origin, or physical or mental disability are considered hate crimes and will bring enhanced penalties. For assaults in the first degree, this can result in an additional 10 years in prison.
When considering the severity of the associated penalties, charges of this nature must be treated with extreme caution and require the trained expertise of a powerful attorney to be successfully defended against. When the stakes are high, our Birmingham criminal defense lawyer can provide the support you need to level the playing field and give you a fighting chance against the prosecution’s claims. Having guarded the rights of countless individuals accused of violent crimes throughout our firm’s lengthy practice, we understand the various strategies and arguments necessary to undermine the opposition’s arguments and maximize your chances of acquittal.
Do not make the mistake of leaving your future to chance. Schedule your complimentary and confidential case review today to discover your defense options.