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Name: People v. Rivera
Case #: H023879
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 6 DCA
Opinion Date: 03/25/2003

It was not error for the trial court to have admitted for the purposes of impeachment at trial, appellant’s prior juvenile adjudication for misdemeanor possession of a deadly weapon with the intent to assault. Appellant had argued that the offense, like the offense of simple assault, was not one of moral turpitude. The appellate court here disagreed, finding that the combination of elements of the offense of possessing a dangerous weapon with the intent to commit assault “generates a synergy that represents a degree of public harm significantly greater than simple assault.”