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What makes aggravated assault different from assault?

There are certain assault crimes that meet more strenuous guidelines that are necessary for a charge of aggravated assault. Being charged with aggravated assault means that you are more likely to face harsher penalties than what you would be facing if you were facing assault charges. It is crucial that you understand the meaning of aggravated assault if you are facing these charges.

What factors might lead to an aggravated assault charge?

There are several factors that can lead to an aggravated assault charge. The use of a weapon, the identity of the victim and the intent of the person who commits the assault can all lead to an aggravated assault charge. The degree of the injury to the victim can also play a part in the option to charge the person with aggravated assault.

What makes a weapon a deadly weapon?

One of the characteristics of an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is that the weapon has to be able to lead to severe injury or death. In order to determine this factor, the type of weapon and the manner in which it is used are considered when it comes to deciding if a weapon is deadly.

When it comes to the identity of the victim, factors like a person's occupation can have an impact on the charge. Other factors might also come into the picture. It is imperative that you understand all the aspects of the charge you face. This means understanding the points that are being used in the case against you. This gives you a good starting point to decide what to do about your defense.

Source: FindLaw, "Aggravated Assault," accessed March 18, 2016

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