Oakland County Felonious Assault Defense

Assault is normally prosecuted as a misdemeanor, unless the case involves the presence of a deadly weapon. At this point, the case turns into a felonious assault situation. Assault is not the same as battery, which actually involves inflicting harm on another. Instead, assault is the mere "attempt" to harm someone.

Long Law PLLC can provide the solid and tireless defense that you need when facing a felony charge for assault. Attorney Emily Long only practices criminal defense and, as a former assistant prosecutor, she knows the criminal process from both sides and can use her insight to your advantage. Call now at (888) 510-8182 to set up your FREE initial case evaluation.

Penalties for Assault

In Michigan, felonious assault can result in a sentence of up to four years in prison and $2,000 in fines. A basic assault charge, which is considered a misdemeanor, can result in a maximum 93 days in prison. The only difference between this relatively meager sentence and a maximum four years in prison is the presence of a dangerous weapon.

Does felonious assault include actually firing the weapon?

While assault can include firing the weapon or wielding a weapon, it does not require that the weapon is used to inflict harm. It is enough to simply brandish a knife or reveal a gun in order to motivate victims to act as desired out of fear.

What is a "deadly weapon"?

Many assume that deadly weapons are the typical dangerous items that you see on television or movies. Guns and knives would be the most common types of weapons. While these weapons are definitely included in the description of a deadly weapon, the Michigan law does not restrict deadly weapons to simply these items.

Some other items that can be considered deadly weapons include:

  • Hammers
  • Rope
  • Pillows
  • Rocks
  • Kitchen knives
  • Scissors
  • Appliances
  • Broken glass

Essentially, any item that could be used to inflict harm and could potentially cause death is considered a deadly weapon.

Fight Felonious Assault Charges with Long Law PLLC

Our team at Long Law PLLC is devoted to defending clients arrested for felonious assault. We understand that many assault cases are simply miscommunications from over-sensitive victims that may have misconstrued the nature of an encounter.

Some of the defenses that we can utilize in your case are:

  • Acting out of self-defense
  • Acting out of defense of property
  • Acting out of defense of others
  • Absence of a weapon
  • No intention to harm

If you want more information about felonious assault cases, call Long Law PLLC today to talk with our Oakland County criminal defense attorney!