Walter Karabian, 71, a former majority leader of the state assembly, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after an incident at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Karabian was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly ran over a parking lot attendant before the USC football game.
Karabian posted $30,000 bail and was released on Saturday evening, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The condition of the parking lot attendant is unknown, and public safety officers at Exposition Park did not release further details on the incident.
A USC graduate, Karabian was elected to several state Legislature terms in the 1960s and early 1970s. California law defines assault with a deadly weapon as an assault that is committed with any type of deadly weapon (including a car) or by means of force that is likely to cause great bodily injury to another. An assault with a deadly weapon charge can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the type of weapon or instrument used, whether the victim sustained an injury (and if so, the severity of that injury), and the nature of the victim (whether it be an office, firefighter, or other “protected" person).
In California, there are plenty of instances where people are wrongfully accused of assault with a deadly weapon for various reasons. Often times people exaggerate their claims or downright lie to police officers and that results in a assault with a deadly weapon charge that is one sided, leaving you facing charges you might have not committed.
With the professional team of Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP you can make sure that a fair trial is given to you when you are accused of assault with a deadly weapon. Acting in self-defense or without the intent to hurt anybody are two defenses that can prove to be successful with a knowledgeable team of Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers.
Like in the case of Karabian, the other side must be heard in order for a judge to make a fair decision. Los Angeles laws regarding assault with a deadly weapon charges are ambiguous and include some clauses that are beyond the scope of one would regard a ‘deadly weapon’. For example, a deadly weapon can include, but is not limited to, a beer bottle, a pencil, a dog, a cigarette lighter, a car, and even your hands and feet in certain instances.
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