Virginia Malicious Wounding Attorney

What Happens when you get a Malicious Wounding Charge in Virginia

§ 18.2-51. Shooting, stabbing, etc., with intent to maim, kill, etc.

If any person maliciously shoots, stabs, cuts, or wounds any person or by any means causes him/her bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill, he/she shall, except where it is otherwise provided, be guilty of a Class 3 Felony.  If such act be done unlawfully but not maliciously, with the intent aforesaid, the offender shall be guilty of a Class 6 Felony.


Class 3 Felony – a term of imprisonment for not less than five years nor more than 20 years and a possible fine of up to $100,000.00.

We could get your charge reduced if the facts support it to an unlawful wounding, which is a Class 6 Felony – resulting in a term of imprisonment not less than one year nor more than 10 years, with a possible $2,500 fine.

In some cases we can even get the charge reduced to a misdemeanor. In any event all jail time could be suspended depending on the facts and your record.

Click here to learn about the differences between criminal offenses and classifications.

Source: LIS Virginia Law

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