Virginia assault charges can be misdemeanors or felonies and depending on how serious the assault was, the offender can even be punished with up to life in prison. Assault charges in Virginia include not only assault and battery, but domestic assault, malicious wounding and malicious bodily injury, unlawful wounding and unlawful bodily injury, aggravated malicious wounding, and attempted murder. This post specifically focuses on Virginia Malicious Wounding charges.
Virginia Malicious Wounding Charges
Virginia Malicious Wounding charges under Va. Code §18.2-51 are committed when an offender wounds another person with intent to maim, disable, disfigure or kill. An offender can be convicted of a Virginia Malicious Wounding if any person is injured as a result of his actions, even if the person injured was not the target, as long as the offender acted with intent to maim, disable, disfigure or kill. This offense is punished with a minimum of 5 years up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $100,00.
Attempted Malicious Wounding
Attempted Malicious Wounding is engaging in conduct indicating an intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill and coming close to inflicting a wound on another person. Attempted Malicious Wounding is punished with up to 10 years in prison.
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Aggravated Malicious Wounding
Aggravated Malicious Wounding in Virginia occurs when an offender maliciously wounds another person with intent to maim, disable, disfigure, or kill and as a result caused severe injury and permanent and significant physical impairment. The difference between Aggravated Malicious Wounding and Malicious Wounding charges in Virginia is that a permanent condition must be produced to convict an offender of Aggravated Malicious Wounding. Aggravated Malicious Wounding in Virginia is punished with 20 years up to life in prison and a fine up to $100,000.
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For more information on the difference between Malicious Wounding and Aggravated Malicious Wounding in Virginia, click here.
Malicious Wounding of Pregnant Female
One form of Aggravated Malicious Wounding in Virginia is the Aggravated Malicious Wounding of a pregnant woman. It is a Class 2 felony under Va. Code §18.2-51.2 to maliciously wound a pregnant female by causing a severe injury and permanent and significant physical impairment with intent to maim, disfigure, dismember, kill, or cause the involuntary termination of pregnancy.
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