In the rundown of the Baltimore police blotter for March 10, 2009, the Baltimore Sun notes in an account that a 19-year-old northeastern Baltimore man is in critical condition after being shot in the face during the early morning hours of March 9, 2009. Currently, the Maryland assault with a firearm case is under investigation, and no charges have been filed.
Given the limited amount of information available, should an arrest be made, felony assault with a firearm charges seem likely. Felony assault in Maryland is the attempt to intentionally cause serious harm to another, successful or not. In this case, the victim received injuries severe enough to warrant hospitalization, so the possibility of the state tendering second-degree assault charges is very remote, especially since those injuries were inflicted using a firearm. In Maryland, felony first-degree assault carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.
However, should an investigation reveal sufficient evidence that the as-of-now unknown assailant deliberately tried to kill the victim, the charges could be increased to attempted first or second-degree murder. A conviction on an attempted murder charge carries increased prison sentences, from 30 years to life imprisonment.
Criminal charges of any kind are a serious matter, and the criminal defense attorneys and top Maryland firearms charges attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC remind readers that as of this time no charges or arrests have been made in this case.
If you have any questions or concerns about violent crime cases such as this one, please contact the skilled Maryland criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer for more information. Our criminal defense attorneys have significant experience as criminal prosecutors, giving them an insider’s knowledge of the tactics and approaches used by the prosecution. If you have been charged with a violent crime in Maryland, contact Alpert Schreyer for a free case evaluation at 866-444-6363.