Posted On: July 26, 2012 by Alpert Schreyer

Understanding Maryland Assault Laws

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.

Assault in the second degree involves assaults that are not serious enough to be included in the first degree, including any assault that causes mild or moderate injuries. Assaulting a police officer or parole or probation officer is included in this section, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison if a person is convicted.

Reckless endangerment, attempted poisoning, and other types of assault are also prohibited by Maryland law. These each carry their own penalties, some of which may be serious.

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