An incident of assault, especially one with weapons involved, can result in life-threatening injuries and even death. Fortunately, four victims of a recent stabbing in Maryland have survived their injuries.
The stabbing occurred on the morning of May 28 on 130th Street in Ocean City. A fight at a house party led to the stabbings. Police found four victims in front of a local fire department. Two victims were airlifted to Tidal Health, while another was airlifted to Christiana Hospital. The fourth victim did not require medical attention. None suffered life-threatening injuries and are expected to be OK.
Two men were arrested and charged with the stabbings. One is from Ocean City, while the other is from Frankford, Delaware. Both are 18 years old. Both men have been charged with reckless endangerment, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and openly carrying a dangerous weapon. They have not appeared in court yet. Police spent several hours investigating the crime scene and the stabbings are still under investigation.
Stabbing in Maryland falls under assault. So what kind of punishment can the men face in this case?
There are two main forms of assault: first-degree and second-degree. The suspects in this case are facing both charges. Second-degree assault primarily involves threats to cause harm to someone. First-degree assault is when a person commits battery. Battery is referred to as physical injury and is considered a felony. A person could face 25 years in prison if convicted.
The men in this case were also charged with reckless endangerment. This is when a person engages in reckless conduct that can cause serious injury or death to another person. In Maryland, this crime is a misdemeanor.
Assault must be proven, though, and requires intent. This means that it’s not enough to prove a suspect injured someone; it must also be shown that they intended to cause the injury. However, the law does not require prosecutors to prove malice. They do want to know whether it was premeditated or in the heat of the moment, as this can affect the severity of the criminal charges.
Because of the first-degree assault charges, the two men could face felony charges, which are huge. A felony has many implications. It can impact a person’s life, affecting employment and social opportunities. A person with a felony on their criminal record will be dealing with the consequences for many years.
Sometimes assaults are planned, but in some cases, they are done randomly or after an altercation with someone. The victim could be a family member, close friend, or even a complete stranger.
An assault case involving a knife or other weapon can result in decades in prison. If you have been accused of such a crime, seek legal help right away. The Columbia assault lawyers at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. can provide you with experienced representation. Fill out the online form or call (410) 774-5987 to schedule a consultation. We have two offices to serve you.
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