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Assault with a deadly weapon charges in California

The legal definition of assault with a deadly weapon is relatively straightforward. The elements required for a conviction are the most important to know. If you've been accused of assault with a deadly weapon in California, you may want to familiarize yourself with the law and what this criminal charge means.

The factual circumstances that must be present for you to be convicted of assault with a deadly weapon are as follows:

-- You committed an act that involved the use -- or would result in the use -- of force against another individual.

-- You either committed the act while using a deadly weapon or the act in and of itself would likely result in significant bodily injury.

-- You purposefully committed the act.

-- While committing the act, any reasonable person would have known that the action would likely result in the use of force against another person.

-- When acting, you were capable of using a deadly weapon or the force you applied was likely to cause significant bodily injury.

The above five facts must be true for an assault with a deadly weapons conviction to occur. The burden will, therefore, be on the prosecution to prove that each of these elements was true beyond a reasonable doubt. Until the prosecution can prove this, the accused person will remain innocent of the alleged crime.

At the Law Offices of Jess C. Bedore, III, we help those charged with weapons crimes by defending them in court. In some cases, we can get our clients' charges dropped or dismissed, or achieve a verdict of not guilty. In other situations, it may be recommended to try and negotiate a plea bargain in exchange for a reduction in the severity of punishment.

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