Virginia Malicious Wounding Charges
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Malicious Wounding – Felony Assault
In Virginia, there are multiple forms of felony assault. The most common is Malicious Wounding. Malicious Wounding is classified as a Class 3 Felony, punishable by up to 5 to 20 years in jail, or a fine of up to $100,000. A conviction for Malicious Wounding can stay on your criminal record permanently, and may lead to a significant period of time in jail, loss of your right to vote, possess a firearm, and difficulty passing background checks, maintaining or obtaining a security clearance, obtaining loans or housing, or the stigma of being convicted of a crime.
An experienced and aggressive criminal attorney in Virginia will help to increase your chances of winning an acquittal, avoiding a felony conviction and jail time, minimizing any potential sentence and impact, or having the charge dismissed completely. At Krum, Gergely, & Oates, LLC, we have the experience you need to fight and succeed in defending your Virginia Malicious Wounding charge in front of a judge or a jury.
Malicious Wounding is:
2. Shoot, Stab, Cut, Wound, or Cause Bodily Injury
3. With Intent to Maim, Disfigure, Disable or Kill
An intent to commit malicious wounding can occur in any number of ways. The most obvious are shooting someone with a gun, cutting with a knife, or using any other type of deadly weapon. Other ways are less obvious. Someone may be charged with malicious wounding if they hit someone with their fists and cause a serious and debilitating injury. Human bites can also be charged as malicious wounding.
Virginia police are often very aggressive in charging Malicious Wounding. If someone is seriously injured in an assault, even though the defendant did not intend any severe consequences or injury of the victim, they may be arrested for Malicious Wounding. An experienced and aggressive malicious wounding criminal defense attorney will be able to fight the charge, challenging that the defendant never intended a severe injury at all.
Malicious Wounding Scenarios Come In Many Forms
A Malicious Wounding charge has endless scenarios. It can be a fight in a bar or at a party, a violent domestic situation, the wrongful discipline of a child, or an unwelcome advance from a man or woman. False and exaggerated accusations of assault are also very common. Every assault or alleged assault occurs by its own under very different unique sets of facts. The attorneys at KGO have successfully defended many Malicious
Wounding cases in Virginia. We have the experience in every step of the case – from the first arrest and bond hearing to acquittal of all charges by jury.
Plan Your Defense – Challenge The Evidence
Because each Malicious Wounding case is so unique, it is critically important to be represented by an experienced attorney who knows how to form a strategy to serve your defense. Often, Malicious Wounding felony assault charges are not witnessed by police or other people, and there is no direct evidence to present in a court other than the word of the victim and the presence of an injury – or the lack of any injury. Emotions are often running high on both sides of an assault, and the parties often times have a personal and emotional relationship or interaction. Just as often as someone has a motive to commit an the crime – an alleged victim often has a motive to fabricate, exaggerate, or even lie about an assault.
Experienced Trial Lawyer Can Get Best Results
Having an experienced and aggressive attorney can hone your defense and explore all feasible avenues to fight against a Malicious Wounding allegation. That means exploring all of the facts, speaking and bringing in witnesses, revealing when a witness is biased or has a reason to lie, and undermining the credibility of witnesses to a prosecutor, judge, or jury. It may also be important to prepare mitigating evidence to lessen the sentence or effect of any assault charge, with the goal of limiting criminal exposure or having the charge dismissed.
At KGO, we have the experience and know-how to bring utilize all of these factors to reach the best possible outcome in your case.
A Defense For Your Case
Some common defenses to assault are:
· Self Defense – the defendant committed the assault in order to protect him or herself against physical harm from the victim.
· Revenge – a person fabricated or made up the assault in order to have the person arrested, gain an advantage in a custody battle over their children, after an argument with someone in a relationship after learning about cheating.
· Accident – someone is struck during an argument or while moving around that was unintentional. The contact with the other person was not done intentionally or was an accident.
· Mutual Combat – when two people readily agree to enter into a fight with one another, the loser of the fight cannot turn around and say that they were assaulted by the person who wins the fight.
KGO’s Virginia criminal attorneys have successfully defended and represented hundreds of clients facing all types of assault charges in Virginia. We have helped many clients receive complete exonerations and not guilty verdicts of their assault charges in front of judges and juries. Each case was very different, requiring a unique strategy and outlook. Your case and your situation are no different. You need and deserve a top-rated defense. We can help.
Call (703) 988-3711 or email us today to schedule a free consultation about your Virginia assault case and learn how we can help.