If you are alleged to have carried out the assault with the use of a deadly weapon (or ADW), you can be charged with aggravated assault, which is a much more serious charge than simple assault. Depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime, a prosecutor can charge assault with a deadly weapon as either a felony or a misdemeanor. There are several different factors which a prosecutor takes into account when making a decision about this wobbler crime.
The above factors can not only contribute to how the crime is charged, but the potential consequences you could face as well. At Coimbra Law Firm, our West Covina criminal defense attorneys and legal team work hard to minimize the consequences of the charges you are facing.
It is not uncommon for law enforcement officials or prosecutors to make mistakes now and then, including charging persons who have been falsely or wrongfully accused. Many times, a deceitful person will launch a false or exaggerated claim against the defendant. Other times, the defendant acted in good faith, using physical force to thwart off an attacker such as in a case of self-defense or defense of others. It’s very important that you have powerful, experienced, and skillful criminal defense to stand with you regardless of the circumstances which led to the arrest.
A few examples of defense strategies we may employ to avoid a conviction or three strikes charge include: