Malicious wounding is a serious form of assault involving stabbing, cutting or other wrongful contact with intent to disfigure, disable or kill. In Manassas, Woodbridge and all of Prince William County and Stafford County, malicious wounding is a Class 3 felony under Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-51. It is considered a violent offense in Virginia.
Violent offenses, including malicious wounding, involve wrongful or illegal actions against another individual. Typically, they involve causing some type of physical harm to another person or causing the individual to feel fearful or apprehensive.
Violent offenses are taken very seriously in Virginia. If you are accused malicious wounding or another violent offense, you should consult an experienced Virginia criminal defense lawyer to learn how to respond to the allegations and to defend yourself against any criminal charges.
Defending against malicious wounding and violent crimes in Virginia?
The defenses to violent offenses depend upon the circumstances surrounding the crime. For instance, consent is not a defense to murder, but it might be a defense to certain battery charges. Mistaken identity (“it wasn’t me”) and self-defense are common examples of defenses against violent crimes, and it is also possible for courts to exclude evidence of the crime if it was collected in violation of your constitutional rights.
Other types of violent crimes in Virginia
The most serious violent offense in the state of Virginia is homicide (murder). Other violent offenses in addition to malicious wounding are:
Murder or manslaughter: When you kill someone you may be charged with murder or manslaughter depending on your intent and how you caused the death to occur. There are different degrees of murder, including capital murder, murder in the first degree, and murder in the second degree. Capital murder is the most serious charge and can result in a sentence of death. Manslaughter occurs when you kill someone involuntarily or under extenuating circumstances. For example, if you kill someone when you are driving drunk but did not mean to do so, then you may face vehicular manslaughter charges. The penalties for manslaughter include prison time, but the consequences are not as severe as the penalties for intentional murder.
Kidnapping or abduction: Kidnapping/abduction involves taking someone against his/her will using force. Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-47 defines kidnapping/abduction as a Class 5 felony unless aggravating circumstances or extenuating circumstances apply. Aggravating circumstances include kidnapping with the intent to extort money, while extenuating circumstances might exist when a parent kidnaps a child during a custody dispute.
Robbery: Robbery is a common law offense committed when you take something from someone against his/her will through force or intimidation. Robbery is a felony offense with a possible prison sentence of five years to life (Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-58).
Assault and battery: Although often charged together, assault is the threat of physical harm while battery is the actual application of physical harm. The consequences for assault and battery depend upon the actions taken and the harm done.
Harassment is also considered a crime against persons. Many different activities can constitute harassment including publishing personal information or making prank calls, both of which are Class 1 misdemeanors.
Extortion, hazing and hate crimes are also violent offenses in Virginia that can result in jail time, fines and other penalties.
To learn more about malicious wounding and other violent crimes, contact us for a free consultation. We specialize in serious violent offense charges and have a record of success achieving the best possible outcome for clients facing these types of charges. Our attorneys will review your case and help you determine the best course of action for defending yourself against serious criminal charges