What exactly is this charge? It's a felony. It is what you've listed. Did you read what you typed? An assault with a deadly weapon (not a firearm) OR an assault by means of force likely to cause GBI. It means you were either using a weapon (not a gun) or your hands and fists to seriously assault someone. You need an attorney and you need one now.
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Attorney Finnecy has told you all you need to know. What the 2012 notation means is beyond me. It doesn't in any way change the nature of the charge or your exposure.
You explained the charge very well. Assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, with great bodily harm.
You need an attorney or take advantage of appointed counsel at your first court appearance if you financially qualify.
Penal Code 2545(a)(1) is an aggravated assault charge. It can be a felonynor a misdemeanor. There are two forms:
Assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm. If charged as a felony, this IS a strike offense and carries up to 4 years in prison. As a misdemeanor, it carries up to a year in county jail.
The other form is assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. Unless great bodily injury was actually inflicted, this is NOT a strike. It too can be a felony (up to 4 years prison) or a misdemeanor (up to a year in county jail).
The specific language and conduct would be necessary to know which way this was charged/convicted.
The above answer is for general information only and is based on the information you posted. Every case is fact dependent, so to get a thorough analysis of your situation, you will need to consult face to face with an attorney licensed to practice in the jurisdiction where the incident took place. Do not conclusively rely on any information posted online when deciding what to do about your case.
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