Penalties For Unlawful and Malicious Wounding in Arlington

In Arlington, as in other parts of Virginia, unlawful and malicious wounding is considered a serious charge and is therefore often accompanied by severe consequences including large fines and significant jail time. Unlike other types of assault, unlawful and malicious wounding typically means someone was severely wounded, making it less likely to receive any leniency from the judge and prosecutors.

For this reason, if you have been accused of this level of assault it is imperative that you contact an attorney to look at your case and develop a defense as soon as possible. An assault attorney in Arlington will be able to start building a defense by looking at the facts and circumstances surrounding your case, and then conducting an investigation to learn more. Additionally, a lawyer will be able to assist you in navigating through the legal process all while making sure your rights are protected every step of the way. By contacting an experienced unlawful and malicious wounding lawyer with experience in the Arlington area you are providing yourself with the best chance possible to minimize the harm of your charges. Call as soon as possible to set up a free consultation and discuss your charge.

What Are The Penalties For Unlawful Wounding?

You have several different charges depending on the severity of the injuries and the intent of the defendant. So aggravated malicious wounding is the most serious and is punishable as a class two felony which means it’s punishable by a minimum of 20 years in jail and a maximum of life in prison. It’s a felony, and there is also a fine of some amount, but not more than $100,000.

Malicious wounding, on the other hand, is a crime punishable by a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 20 years in jail. It is also a felony, and like aggravated malicious wounding, some fines can be imposed with the maximum being $100,000.

Unlawful wounding which is a least severe of the three charges is still a felony punishable by 0-5 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
With all these charges you will probably be placed on probation for several years, may have to pay medical expenses of the victim above and beyond the penalties mentioned above, attend anger management or counseling and remain of good behavior for several years.

Is Probation Likely?

Yes. Probation is very likely and almost certain if someone is convicted of unlawful wounding, malicious wounding or aggravated malicious wounding. I don’t recall a case where there’s not been probation of some sort for someone who is convicted in one of those three charges.

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