If you are wrongfully accused of assault with a deadly weapon in Riverside under Penal Code section 245(a), you’re probably wondering how to make these charges go away. The first thing you need to do is speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away.
Understanding Assault with a Deadly Weapon Charges (PC 245)
Assault with a deadly weapon is a “wobbler” offense, meaning the prosecutor can charge it as a felony or misdemeanor. Under Penal Code section 245(a), the punishment for a felony conviction can be a state prison sentence of up to four years and a fine up to $10,000. A felony conviction can also be a “strike” under California Three Strikes Law. A misdemeanor conviction can carry the same fine and a one year county jail term. If there was a gun involved, then the misdemeanor conviction has a minimum six months in jail.