2nd Degree Assault Maryland Definition Anne Arundel

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Block v. State

Facts:

A jury convicted defendant of second-degree assault and violating a peace order, and acquitted him of first-degree assault, arson, threat of arson and two other arson-related offenses. The Circuit Court (Maryland) imposed consecutive sentences of 10 years for the assault and 90 days for the peace order violation. Defendant appealed.  Defendant argued that the Jury misconstrued the definition of second degree assault and moreover the trial court erred in imposing separate sentences for assault and violation of a peace order, as both convictions arose from the same conduct.

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2nd Degree Assault Maryland Definition Anne Arundel
2nd Degree Assault Maryland Definition Anne Arundel

Holdings:

The Maryland Court made the following holding:
  • Second-degree assault is a statutory crime that encompasses the common law crimes of assault, battery, and assault and battery. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 3-203(a) (2002, 2012 Repl. Vol.) provides that a person may not commit an assault. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 3-201(b) defines “assault” to mean the crimes of assault, battery, and assault and battery, which retain their judicially determined meanings. A battery is a touching that is either harmful, unlawful or offensive. An assault of the battery variety is committed by causing offensive physical contact with another person. Second-degree assault is a misdemeanor that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years. Md. Code Ann., Crim. Law § 3-203(b).

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