The Different Types of Criminal Assault in Maryland

What Must Prosecutors Show? What Are the Penalties?

The Different Types of Criminal Assault in MarylandIn Maryland, when you are charged with assault, it may be either a misdemeanor or a felony. In most instances, second-degree assault will be charged as a misdemeanor, with a maximum penalty of no more than a year in jail. However, second-degree assault can lead to 10 years of incarceration and a $2,500 fine. For first-degree criminal assault, the maximum potential sentence is 25 years in prison.

What Are the Elements of Each Offense?

To successfully convict a person on a count of second-degree assault, prosecutors in Maryland must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant engaged in threats, intimidation, violent acts or unwanted touching. The standard is an objective one, based on what a reasonable person would find in the same circumstances.

A first-degree assault charge has the same basic elements, but also requires that the prosecution show that the perpetrator used a weapon, committed serious bodily harm, or assaulted a law enforcement officer.

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