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Is Aggravated Assault a Felony?

aggravated-assault-battery_180x120A West Palm Beach woman was arrested Monday after shooting her husband multiple times with a BB gun at a friends home. She called the police herself after an argument with her husband following the shooting.

Spousal Aggravated Assault

According to the Palm Beach Post, Darlene M. Garcia, 37 was arrested by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies for allegedly shooting her husband in the face and body with a CO2 BB gun and stealing his clothes.

She was charged with aggravated assault, burglary, and resisting an officer.

Around 7 a.m. Monday, while her husband was at a friend’s house, Garcia entered the home and opened fire on her husband, according to the post.

Her husband returned home and he and Garcia began arguing. She then called the police to their West Palm Beach home. Deputies arrived and Garcia continuously interrupted, shouting obscenities. The BB gun was never found, but the couple’s 11-year-old son turned over a gun cartridge and confirmed that they do own a gun. Garcia was warned five times that she may be arrested for interrupting the investigation before being taken into custody by deputies.

Aggravated Assault and the Law

A person is found guilty of aggravated assault if it is proven that he or she attempted to cause serious bodily injury to another. It is considered aggravated assault if he or she attempts to knowingly cause bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon. Aggravated assault is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison and a steep $5,000 fine.

Aggravated Assault Criminal Defense

Being charged with aggravated assault can really hinder your life. While an experienced criminal defense lawyer can have your sentence toned down, having a felony charge on your criminal record will follow you around for the rest of your life. A felony charge for aggravated assault can keep you from getting a job, renting a place to live, and just having a normal life. Speak to a criminal defense lawyer about your charges and give yourself a chance at a future.

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