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Assault - First Degree in Maryland, Answers to your Questions from a Baltimore, Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyer

Written by Assault Defense Attorney in Baltimore, MD - Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr. - 410-288-2900 on April 25, 2012

Assault – First Degree – Baltimore, Maryland First Degree Defense Attorney G. Randolph Rice, Jr., contact the office at 410-288-2900 for immediate help, we are available 24/7.

What is Assault – First Degree in Maryland?

To be convicted of Assault – First Degree, the State must prove that you did [assault/attempt to assault] (name of the victim) in the first degree in violation of CR 3-202, contrary to the form of the act of the assembly in such case made and provided and against the peace, government and dignity of the state.

In order to be convicted of first degree assault, the State must prove all of the elements of second degree assault and must also prove that:

(1) the defendant used a firearm to commit assault; or

(2) the defendant [intended to cause] serious physical injury in the commission of the assault.

Note: A firearm is a weapon that propels [a bullet] [shotgun pellets] [a missile] [a projectile] by gunpowder or a similar explosive.

Serious physical injury means injury that

(1) creates a substantial risk of death; or

(2) causes serious and permanent or serious and protracted [disfigurement] or [loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ].

What is the penalty for Assault – First Degree in Maryland?

The maximum penalty for Assault – First Degree is 25 years.

Is Assault – First Degree a Felony or Misdemeanor in Maryland?

In Maryland, First Degree Assault is classified as a Felony.

Should I hire a lawyer in Maryland for an Assault – First Degree?

Yes, you should always have a lawyer if you are charged with Assault – First Degree or any crime in Maryland.  A lawyer can be helpful in explaining the charges and maximum penalties, researching and arguing the best legal defenses, investigating the alleged crime, interviewing witness, subpoenaing records and documents, and negotiating with the State for a successful outcome in the case.

Who Should I call if I have been charged with Assault – First Degree?

You should contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, at 410-288-2900 or contact the office by email.  You can also visit the website or click here for a Google Places map to the office.

What does it cost to meet with a first degree assault lawyer with the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC?

When you contact the office at 410-288-2900, we will schedule a free, no obligation, consultation.  During that first meeting we will review your background and the facts of the case.  We will discuss the possible defenses and any type of legal actions that should be taken to defend the assault charges.  We will also discuss the legal fee to represent you in Court.

What kind of experience should I look for the attorney I should hire for my assault charges?

You want to hire a criminal defense attorney for assault charges.  A criminal lawyer is someone who practices in the area of criminal law in Maryland.  You want to make sure their primary area of practice is criminal law.  You also want to hire an attorney that practices in the jurisdiction where you are charged.  The benefit to having a lawyer that practices in the county or city where you are charged is he knows the State’s Attorneys and the Judges.  If the Judges or State’s Attorneys know the attorney and he appears before them on a regular basis, then he will be more successful in resolving your case.

If you have been charged with Assault – First Degree, contact the Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC, at 410-288-2900 for immediate help.

Baltimore County Assault Defense Lawyer

Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr., LLC
6914 Holabird Avenue, Suite A
Dundalk, Maryland 21222

 


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