First-Degree (Felony) Assault

misdemeanor or felony?

There are two basic types of assault in Maryland-First Degree (Felony) and Second Degree (Misdemeanor). However, both carry substantial prison terms and fines, and are taken very seriously by prosecutors. Call or email today, your future may depend on it!

WHAT's the first step?

If you were arrested or issued a summons for assault, you want to act quickly to gather evidence and prepare a defense. Call Mr. Cleckner for a free consultation over the telephone or to set up an in-person appointment, and he will answer any questions you have.


An assault conviction can cause serious problems with your ability to get a job. We'd be happy to discuss your options with you. We handle all facets of criminal and jailable traffic defense, and if we can't answer your questions, we'll do some research or find someone who can answer them.


First-Degree Assault Law


ASSAULT-1st Degree (felony)

CRIMINAL LAW TITLE 3. OTHER CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON SUBTITLE 2. ASSAULT, RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT, AND RELATED CRIMES Md. CRIMINAL LAW Code Ann. § 3-202 (2014) § 3-202. Assault in the first degree (a) Prohibited. -- (1) A person may not intentionally cause or attempt to cause serious physical injury to another. (2) A person may not commit an assault with a firearm, including: (i) a handgun, antique firearm, rifle, shotgun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle, as those terms are defined in § 4-201 of this article; (ii) an assault pistol, as defined in § 4-301 of this article; (iii) a machine gun, as defined in § 4-401 of this article; and (iv) a regulated firearm, as defined in § 5-101 of the Public Safety Article. (b) Penalty. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of the felony of assault in the first degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 25 years. HISTORY: An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 12A-1; 2002, ch. 26, § 2; 2003, ch. 17; 2005, ch. 283.