In Maryland, first degree assault occurs when someone intentionally causes or attempts to cause serious physical injury. An injury is deemed serious if a substantial risk of death or permanent disfigurement is created. The use of a firearm to commit the assault also qualifies it as first degree assault. Firearms include handguns, antique firearms, rifles, shotguns, assault pistols, machine guns and other regulated firearms. If convicted of first degree assault, a felony, the maximum penalty is 25 years in prison. If you are charged with a serious crime, such as first degree assault, call Azari Law at 301.362.3300 to discuss your case today.