What Is Felony Assault?
Several types of assaults may constitute a felony assault, including the following:
- Aggravated assault
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Assault with a firearm
You may be charged with deadly weapons or firearm assault charges if you use a weapon that can cause serious bodily injury, harm, or death to the victim, as part of the assault. This includes hitting someone with a weapon and firing a gun at someone.
It is also important to note that you may be charged with felony assault even if you possessed a firearm during an assault but never used the firearm or physically harmed anyone.
California law can punish felony assault charges very severely. A conviction for felony assault can lead to years of prison and hefty fines. These potential penalties are likely to increase significantly if the accused assaults a peace officer, fireman, EMT, paramedic, lifeguard, process server, traffic officer, code enforcement officer, animal control officer, or search and rescue member.