When we hear the phrase assault with a deadly weapon, we often think of an attack with a gun or knife. However, Texas law defines deadly weapons as, “anything that in the manner of its use or intended use is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.” Here are three surprising items that can be considered deadly weapons in criminal court cases.
3 Surprising Things That Could Be Deadly Weapons
Although seemingly harmless, pillows can be deadly in certain circumstances. When a pillow is placed (and held) over someone’s airways, it cuts off the oxygen supply, leading to death by asphyxiation. Therefore, pillows can be dangerous weapons when in the wrong hands.
2. Everyday Blunt Objects
Hammers, baseball bats, and clubs can all be deadly weapons under the right circumstances. In fact, blunt objects stand as the fifth most commonly used murder weapons in the United States. Therefore, any blunt object that can cause serious bodily injury could be a deadly weapon.
Cars are typically used to get us from point A to point B, but when a car is used to strike someone down intentionally, it can be a deadly weapon. Does this mean that accidentally hitting someone with a car turns it into a deadly weapon?
The answer is no because your car wasn’t made to injure people, and an accident lacks the motive required to turn a common item into a deadly weapon.
An assault charge is a serious offense regardless of the circumstances. If you or a loved one is accused of assault or assault with a deadly weapon, our firm can help! Our assault charges attorney will make sure your rights are protected at every step of your case.
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