Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

Assault with a Dangerous Weapon

What Is Assault with a Dangerous Weapon?

In Washington, D.C, assault with a dangerous weapon occurs when the accused commits or threatens to commit violence or force with a dangerous weapon. A person can be charged with this offense even if no physical harm occurred – merely the presence of a weapon is sufficient. In this instance, the act of assault refers to the threat of violence or force and not the physical harm itself. Assault with a dangerous weapon is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. Other related charges that we can defend against include simple assault and aggravated assault.

To secure a conviction for assault with a dangerous weapon, the prosecution will attempt to prove that the defendant:

  • Injured or threatened force or violence against another individual.
  • Created a reasonable fear of immediate injury.
  • The accused acted intentionally and voluntarily.
  • The ability to commit violence or threat of violence existed.
  • Threatened violence or force with a “dangerous weapon.”

If you or someone you know is facing assault charges of any kind, it is imperative that you call the Washington, D.C. assault lawyers at Hunter & Johnson, PLLC. Though the legal system can be overwhelming, our firm is ready to provide you with straightforward legal advice to help you fight charges every step of the way.


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What Is a Dangerous Weapon?

The prosecution’s case depends on their ability to prove that the alleged assault involved the use of a dangerous weapon. Unfortunately, there is no comprehensive list of dangerous objects or weapons. Generally speaking, an object is considered “dangerous” if it can be used or threatens to inflict serious bodily injury. A metal chair or a car may constitute a dangerous weapons if used to purposely inflict harm. In some instances, a person’s actions alone are enough to classify a weapon as dangerous.

Defining Serious Bodily Injury

Serious bodily injury refers to injury leading to risk of death, unconsciousness, extreme physical pain, disfigurement, or impairment of bodily function. Under this definition, a severe blow to the head or the loss of a finger may constitute serious bodily harm. The prosecution will want to prove that the object in question could have been capable of this type of injury. This area can be critical for the defense to minimize or eliminate possible charges.

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