In Virginia, the crime of malicious wounding is a felony offense and is taken very seriously by law enforcement officials and prosecutors. Malicious wounding charges can be applied in a variety of situations, including just about any situation in which one person harms another intentionally. At Randall Page, P.C., our Virginia malicious wounding defense attorneys have extensive experience handling these cases and helping individuals in and around the Courtland, Suffolk, Emporia, and Lawrenceville areas. Let our criminal defense team get to work investigating your case so we can help you get back to living your life.
When we turn to the Virginia code of laws, 18.2-51, we can see that malicious wounding can be charged “If any person maliciously shoot, stab, cut, or wound any person or by any means cause him bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or kill…”
Malicious wounding in Virginia is considered a Class 3 felony offense punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
As the law is written, it seems relatively straightforward. At first reading, it seems like a person actually has to cause harm or permanent injury to another person in order to be found guilty. However, further complicating these cases for the defendant is the fact that prosecutors only need to show that the defendant intended to inflict a permanent wound on another individual. It is not actually required that the wound end up being permanent, only that they intended the wound to be permanent.
You can see how this leaves plenty of room for subjectivity and speculation, which is why a person charged with malicious intent in Virginia needs assistance from a skilled criminal defense lawyer.
Any person charged with malicious wounding in Virginia needs to seek assistance from a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney will understand the serious nature of the charge as well as the potential long-term prison sentence upon conviction.
If you or somebody you care about has been charged with malicious wounding in Courtland, Suffolk, Emporia, or Lawrenceville, turn to the team at Randall Page, P.C. for help with your case today. Our qualified criminal defense lawyers have extensive experience handling cases like this, and we are ready to get to work investigating the charges against you. Our goal is to get these charges reduced or dismissed altogether so we can get you back to living your life. When you need a Virginia malicious wounding defense attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or by calling 757-517-8956.