Assault with a Deadly Weapon

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What is Assault With a Deadly Weapon?

Assault with a deadly weapon is when a person attacks or inflicts physical harm on another person with the use of a deadly weapon (whether it be a firearm, a knife, or another form of deadly weapon).

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Deadly Weapons Under North Carolina Law

Under North Carolina law, a deadly weapon is anything that one would typically use to commit murder, such as a gun, knife or blunt object. However, it may be possible for the state to file charges regardless of the weapon in question if the elements of assault with a deadly weapon are present.

What is Considered “Intent to Kill”?

Intent to kill is established based on the totality of circumstances; that is, the prosecution will look at:

  • events leading up to the assault, 
  • the way the assault was allegedly conducted 
  • and any threats that may have been levied before, during or after.

What are the Penalties for Assault in  North Carolina?

Assault can be charged as a felony in North Carolina. However, if an assault involves a deadly weapon and the intent to kill, the charge is even more serious.

  • If the offense involved either serious injury or intent to kill, it will be charged as a Class E felony, punishable by 15 to 31 months in prison. A longer sentence may be imposed if the defendant has any prior convictions.
  • If the offense involved both serious injury and intent to kill, it will be charged as a Class C felony. This is a more serious felony, punishable by 44 to 98 months. Prior convictions could result in a prison sentence of up to 182 months.

In addition, a suspect may also be charged with attempted first-degree murder, depending on the circumstances of the case.

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