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Alright I really need help with this. I did some minor googling and found that my two friends who are facing second degree assault charges could go to jail for a bit. What is the average sentence that this charge carries? I am in Maryland if that helps.
Now heres the story in case it helps anybody out. Monday I was alone at my house cooking dinner and I step out onto my back porch. My house is the second one on the block and my neighbor has a barrier of about chest high hedges around his yard. Looking over I see a car stopped and some guy getting out, I don't think much of it and continue texting whoever I was texting. When I look again I see the guy holding a gun (Looked like a rifle or a shotgun) pointing it at me a little bit above the hedges. It was dusk at the time so I couldn't see real well, however I value my life so I ran inside the house, locked both doors, ran upstairs, and called 911.
I call 911 tell them someone was aiming a rifle at me and within a minute or two the police arrive. I walk out into the front yard to talk to them when we see the car I described going by, cops race after them and pull them over up near where my father is living. He call's me and tells me the cops pulled over a car and have their guns drawn on two guys. At this point I have started thinking that my friend drives the same type of car, color and everything, and I had received a text from a friend who was hanging out with him that night.
I figure it's my friends and I run down the street freaking out that they are getting in deep shit because of me. I get up there and the cops have my friends handcuffed on the ground pulling out a shitload of airsoft guns from his trunk. They ask me if I want to press charges I say no that I know the guys and it was a stupid prank. They take the handcuffs off and confiscate the airsoft rifles saying that the owner can pick them up tomorrow.
Well my friend goes down to pick up the guns and the cops tell him that he is being charged with second degree assault and possession of an airsoft weapon within city limits. Now I am wondering if I will be asked to testify, if I made the correct call in even calling 911 as I feel terrible about the whole thing now, and if there is anything I can do to help my friends.