deadly weapon | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Criminal Law

A deadly weapon is any object that is capable of causing death or serious bodily injury.

In the criminal law context, the term “deadly weapon” is often used to describe weapons specifically designed or intended to kill or seriously injure people, such as guns, knives, or explosives. However, any object that is used in a way that is likely to cause death or serious injury can be considered a deadly weapon, even if it was not specifically designed for that purpose. For example, a car could be considered a deadly weapon if it is used to run over someone with the intent to kill or seriously injure them. Using or possessing a deadly weapon can be an element of various criminal offenses, such as assault, robbery, or murder.

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Last Modified: 01/09/2023


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