The felony offense of Felonious Assault is also known as Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. Felonious Assault is committed when a person assaults/batters another individual with a dangerous weapon. A weapon is “dangerous” when its very nature is to inflict injury upon another, such as a firearm or a knife. Other items can be “dangerous weapons” when they are used in such a manner as to actually inflict injury, such as a booted foot or a beer bottle. Proof of an actual intent to injure or an intent to cause another to fear an imminent battery is necessary for conviction.
Felonious Assault is punishable by up to 4 years in prison. The minimum prison sentence for a person convicted of this crime can be in the range of a few months in jail to 2 years in prison and can be shorter or longer depending on the circumstances of the offense or the defendant’s criminal history. The final sentence often depends on the quality of the legal representation the defendant has throughout the case.