Tag Archives: Assault


A Butter Knife Was Not a Deadly Weapon Because the Defendant Did Not Use It in a Manner “Capable of” And “Likely to Produce” Death or Great Bodily Injury
April 19th, 2020

In order “for an object to qualify as a deadly weapon based on how it was used, [and demonstrate the commission of an assault with a deadly weapon,] the defendant must have used the object in a manner not only capable of producing but also likely to produce death or great bodily injury.”  (Original emphasis.)  […]


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Multiplicity: Threats, Assault And Other Specific Examples
March 26th, 2020

Multiplicity deals with the fragmentation of what is legally a single offense into separate multiple offenses. This doctrine is legislatively set forth in pc 954, which “‘authorizes multiple convictions for different or distinct offenses, but does not permit multiple convictions for a different statement of the same offense when it is based on the same […]


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Is A Butter Knife An Inherently Deadly Weapon?
September 17th, 2019

In re B.M. (2018) 6 Cal.5th 528, 531-39 the CSC held that there was no substantial evidence that B.M. use of a butter knife was likely to cause great bodily injury within the meaning of PC 245(a). The Court reaffirmed its rule that an object alleged to be a deadly weapon must be used in […]


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Definition of Deadly Weapon Corrected
July 3rd, 2015

  People v. Brown (2012) 210 Cal. App. 4th 1, 4, considered weapons such as BB guns, and noted that CC 375’s definition of a “deadly weapon,” “which includes objects that are inherently ‘dangerous’ as well as inherently ‘deadly,’ is, at best, ambiguous and, at worst, overbroad.” “[CC 875] may impermissibly allow a jury to […]


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Assault Instruction May Confuse Jurors in Multiple Victim Situations
June 30th, 2015

“Element No. 1 of [CC 875] requires that the prosecution prove that ‘The defendant did an act with a deadly weapon that by its nature would directly and probably result in the application of force to a person.’ But Element 2 merely requires that ‘When the defendant acted, he was aware of facts that would […]


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