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What Is a Deadly Weapon?

Some of the most common examples of deadly weapons include assault rifles, brass knuckles, and handguns; but other deadly weapons exist. According to Arizona law, a deadly weapon is anything designed to be lethal or capable of causing death.

However, Arizona additionally defines “dangerous instruments,” and puts them on par with deadly weapons. Dangerous instruments are objects that could cause death or serious injury in specific scenarios. Therefore, many ordinary objects may be defined as dangerous instruments under the right circumstances.

What Is Considered Assualt With A Weapon

Assault with a deadly weapon is when someone uses a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument to:

1) Knowingly cause injury to another party; or
2) Knowingly place another party in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.

Therefore, the intent of the accused is essential in determining if an object is a deadly weapon.

What Are the Penalties for Using Deadly Weapons?

Regardless of the offense, using a deadly weapon during the commission of a crime can lead to criminal penalties, but the penalties are dependant on the act in question. For example, those who commit an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Arizona will be charged with a Class 3 felony. However, other acts with a deadly weapon can lead to worse penalties for the convicted.

Charged with a Deadly Weapon?

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