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What Constitutes a Deadly Weapon?

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What Constitutes a Deadly Weapon?

A deadly weapon is a firearm or anything made, adapted, or designed for the purpose of causing death or serious physical injuries. In some jurisdictions, it is any object that can cause bodily harm or can be wielded with the intent to kill or injure.

What Types of Weapons Are Considered to Be Deadly Weapons?

The types of weapons include:

  • Rifle
  • Pistol
  • Shotgun
  • Switch-blade knife
  • Black jack
  • Gravity knife
  • Dagger
  • Metal knuckles
  • Bludgeon
  • Explosive device
  • Sticks
  • Swords

Can a Person’s Hands, Feet, or Teeth Be Used as Deadly Weapons?

Yes. It depends on how they are used during a crime. For instance, a person’s hands may be considered a deadly weapon if used to strangle someone.

Can a Vehicle Constitute a Deadly Weapon?

Yes, if it is used with the intent to kill or harm someone, such as purposefully running over a person with a car.

Is Carrying a Deadly Weapon Illegal?

The right to carry a deadly weapon depends on state and federal laws. In most jurisdiction, a person can legally carry a concealed weapon that constitutes a deadly weapon if he has a permit.

What Is Assault with a Deadly Weapon?

Assault occurs when someone threatens to cause immediate physical harm to another person without their consent. The threat must cause an apprehension of immediate, imminent harm even though there is no touching involved.

Assault with a deadly weapon is a threat of immediate physical harm created with the use of a deadly weapon.

Are Deadly Weapons the Same as Illegal Weapons?

Illegal weapons can constitute deadly weapons. A weapon is illegal if a person is not allowed by law to own it within a jurisdiction. These illegal weapons can be used to kill or injure someone. Examples of illegal weapons include:

  • Cane swords
  • Ballistic knives
  • Billy clubs
  • Belt buckle knives
  • Firearms made to look unrecognizable

Should I Contact an Attorney If I Am Facing a Deadly Weapon Charge?

Having a deadly weapon in commission of a crime is a serious offense. It is highly recommended that you consult a criminal defense attorney about the possible charges you face and any available defenses.

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Last Modified: 05-20-2015 03:14 PM PDT

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