A Malicious Wounding charge in Virginia is a serious offense. A Virginia Malicious Wounding under Va. Code §18.2-51 is committed by maliciously shooting, stabbing, cutting or wounding another person with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill.
Proof of Malicious Wounding Charge in Virginia
To convict an offender of a Malicious Wounding charge in Virginia under Va. Code §18.2-51, the Commonwealth must prove that the offender maliciously shot, stabbed, cut, or wounded another person intending to maim, disable, disfigure or kill.
Maliciously: Maliciously means acting intentionally and without provocation. Malice can be inferred by use of a deadly weapon.
Shooting, Stabbing, Cutting, Wounding: An offender commits a Malicious Wounding in Virginia by either shooting, stabbing, cutting, or wounding (causing a breaking of the skin by a weapon).
Intent to Maim, Disable, Disfigure, or Kill: Malicious Wounding under Va. Code §18.2-51 can be violated by maliciously committing the above acts intending to cause a permanent condition by maiming, disabling, disfiguring or killing. A permanent condition does not need to be produced to convict an offender of a Malicious Wounding charge in Virginia.
Another Person: An offender can be convicted of a Virginia Malicious Wounding charge if any person is injured as a result of his actions, as long as the offender intended to maim, disable, disfigure or kill a person.
Penalty for Malicious Wounding Charge in Virginia
A Malicious Wounding charge in Virginia is a Class 3 felony, punished with 5-20 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000.
Virginia Malicious Wounding Statute
§18.2-51. Shooting, stabbing, etc., with intent to maim, kill, etc.
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