Assault with a dangerous weapon takes place a physical object with a strong ability to inflict painful or fatal injuries on the victim is used during an attack.
An object can be considered deadly as a result of its design or shape. The term "dangerous weapon" can be applied to many unrelated objects. Cases in the past have deemed the likes of golf clubs and household lamps as dangerous weapons because of the intent of usage. Some dangerous weapons can be less obvious to identify such as human body parts or HIV+ patients attempting to harm another person with their virus. The heightened level of tragic results in these cases has caused all states to classify assault with dangerous weapons as felonies.
Penalties for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon in RI
The state of Rhode Island imposes serious penalties for assault with a dangerous weapon. These assaults can carry imprisonment terms for up to twenty years. There are also specific fines that can be applied to the sentencing.
There are several factors to be considered before sentencing the alleged attacker. Having an experienced assault defense attorney representing your case could make all the difference in the success of your results.
If you or a loved one has been charged with assault with a dangerous object contact the Law Office of Attorney Chad Bank immediately at 401-229-5088 or fill out our Contact Form.
§ 11-5-2 Felony assault. – (a) Every person who shall make an assault or battery, or both, with a dangerous weapon, or with acid or other dangerous substance, or by fire, or an assault or battery which results in serious bodily injury, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) years.
-State of RI General Assembly