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By Means Likely To Produce Great Bodily Injury Pc § 245a4


As assault that is “likely to produce great bodily injury” is a felony offense in California which can come with a 4 year state prison sentence. Great bodily injury is defined as physical injury suffered by the victim of a violent crime that causes a substantial risk of death, extended loss or impairment of a body part or function, permanent disfigurement or a physical injury that is more serious than that ordinarily suffered in a battery.”  An assault “by means likely” in this context requires only proof that the assault committed was likely to produce great bodily injury, not that it actually did cause great bodily injury.  As with many assault crimes in California, this is a matter of degree and changes on a case by case basis.

Penalties for an Assault by Means of Likely Producing Great Bodily Injury

This particular crime can result in a range of punishments from one year in county jail and/or a fine of $10,00, to imprisonment in the state prison for up to 4 years. 

Retaining a criminal defense attorney such as Pat Carey, can enable you to get the least amount of punishment for your case. Doing so can also save you a great deal of money when working against a criminal fine. 

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