SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1CR22-236 09/16/05
SIMPLE ASSAULT ON A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER,
NEGLIGENTLY CAUSING BODILY INJURY, WITH A DEADLY WEAPON
(13 V.S.A. § 1023(a)(2) and § 1028)
The State has charged (Def)_______________ with simple assault on a law enforcement officer, by negligent use of a deadly weapon, as follows:
[Read the charge.]
Every crime is made up of essential elements. Before (Def)_______________ can be found guilty of the charge, the State must have proven each of the essential elements beyond a reasonable doubt. In this case, the essential elements are that on the date and at the place alleged,
(2) caused bodily injury to (victim)_______________, by (specific acts)_______________;
(3) [he] [she] did so negligently;
(4) [he] [she] did so by the use of a deadly weapon;
(5) (Def)_______________ knew or should have known that (victim)_______________ was a law enforcement officer; and
(6) that, at the time of the alleged acts, (victim)_______________ was a law enforcement officer performing a lawful duty.
The first essential element is that (Def)_______________ is the person who committed the alleged acts.
The second essential element is that (Def)_______________ caused bodily injury to (victim)_______________. The term bodily injury means any physical pain, illness or any impairment of physical condition.
The third essential element is that (Def)_______________ acted with criminal negligence. The State must have proven that [he] [she] disregarded a risk of causing bodily injury to (victim)_______________ to such a degree that [his] [her] failure to perceive it, given the circumstances, involved a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would have exercised in the same situation.
The fourth essential element is that (Def)_______________ caused the injury by the use of a deadly weapon. The term deadly weapon means any firearm, or other weapon, device, instrument, material or substance, which in the manner it is used or is intended to be used is known to be capable of producing death or serious bodily injury. Serious bodily injury means bodily injury which creates a substantial risk of death or which causes substantial loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ or substantial impairment of health, or substantial disfigurement. The State must have proven that the weapon was capable of causing serious bodily injury, not that (Def)_______________ actually caused serious bodily injury.
Here the State alleges that (Def)_______________ negligently caused bodily injury to (victim)_______________, by (specific acts)_______________.
The fifth essential element is that (Def)_______________ knew or should have known that (victim)_______________ was a law enforcement officer. The term law enforcement officer means any state police officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, special deputy sheriff, municipal police officer, constable, or game warden.
The last essential element is that, at the time, (victim)_______________ was performing a lawful duty as a law enforcement officer. The lawfulness of an officer’s actions are defined by the scope of the officer’s duty and authority. A law enforcement officer was not performing a lawful duty if [he] [she] was pursuing [his] [her] own interests.
All of the elements of the offense must have been present at the same time. If the State has not proven each of the essential elements of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, then you must find (Def)_______________ not guilty. However, if the State has proven all of the essential elements beyond a reasonable doubt, you must return a verdict of guilty.