A Prince George's County woman was charged with first-degree assault after she allegedly pointed a gun at another woman in Ft. Washington, Maryland. According to reports, the accused was driving near an intersection when she spotted another female who she was allegedly feuding with.
The suspect apparently tried to bait the woman into a fight. When the other woman refused, the suspect allegedly pointed a black handgun in her direction and then left the scene. Police arrested her shortly thereafter and charged her with first and second-degree assault along with firearm use and having a handgun in a vehicle. There is no word yet on whether the woman's criminal defense will deny any of the allegations.
Despite the absence of any injuries or a physical altercation, the presence of a firearm exposes the accused to significant penalties, including jail time. While it may be a constitutional right to own a gun, crimes involving guns are viewed as much more severe in the eyes of the law.
As a result, it is often necessary for those charged with a crime to fight the additional gun relates charges. For instance, someone may be charged with nothing more than a minor traffic infraction. If a gun regulation is not followed during the commission of this offense, however, the accused may face significant charges related to the firearm when the other infractions were relatively minor. All of a sudden, the prosecution turns the case into one involving a violent criminal brandishing a gun with no concern for public safety.
No matter how far off this characterization is from reality, the accused faces an uphill battle. Therefore, those charged with crimes involving guns are may want make sure they fully understand all the charges they face. It is important evaluate the charges and determine whether the gun related add-ons are merited. This analysis is vital to engaging in plea negotiations which reduce or dismiss criminal charges.
Source: CBS Baltimore, "Woman Charged With Assault After Pointing A Gun In An Ongoing Feud," July 31, 2014