Well, without more details concerning the specific charge, I can tell you this:
If a serious injury was inflicted with intent to kill: Class C felony (4 years and 10 months to 17 years and 7 months in prison).
If a serious injury was inflicted without intent to kill: Class E felony (1 year and 8 months to 6 years and 8 months in prison).
If no was injury inflicted with intent to kill: Class E felony (1 year and 8 months to 6 years and 8 months in prison).
Either way, he needs to contact an attorney ASAP or get court-appointed counsel.
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AWDWIKISI (“Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury”) is a Class C felony punishable by roughly 5 years on the low end of the presumptive range for a Level 1 (no criminal history) and up to about 15 years for someone with significant criminal history.
I'd need to know how many prior record points he has to give a more specific answer. Note, however, that just because he's charged that way doesn't mean that he will necessarily be convicted of the charge - he could win at trial, or he could take a plea (if one is offered) to a lesser charge.
Unless extraordinary mitigation is found, the punishment is a mandatory active sentence – meaning prison time – and no probation is permitted.
He needs a good lawyer.
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I agree with both answers. He needs to find an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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