Like other states, Maryland makes various kinds of assault illegal, and being convicted of assault can carry serious penalties. Maryland law divides assault into two main categories, but many other activities fall under miscellaneous categories of “assault” as well.
Assault in the first degree in Maryland involves “intentionally caus[ing] or attempt[ing] to cause serious physical injury to another.” This includes committing assault with a firearm. A “serious physical injury” is one that causes “a substantial risk of death” or causes permanent or long-term serious disfigurement, loss of function of a body part or organ, or body part/organ impairment. The penalty for conviction of this type of assault includes up to 25 years in prison.