The Commonwealth of Virginia ranks the malicious wounding of another as the next top priority after the taking of a life. Malicious wounding is essentially a heightened form of assault and battery.

What Is Malicious Wounding?

Malicious wounding occurs when someone:

  • Attempts to or causes severe injury to another, or
  • Causes injury using a deadly weapon with the intention of maiming, disfiguring or causing serious bodily injury

How this crime is charged depends to a great deal on how severely wounded the other party was. Are his or her injuries permanent? Are the injuries disfiguring? These and other factors will determine how you are charged and what penalties you are most likely to face.

Malicious wounding is always a serious charge and it can carry very lengthy prison sentences. If you are facing a malicious wounding charge, you need to protect yourself by securing the representation of an attorney with the knowledge and skills necessary to truly help you.

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At the law firm of Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC, our Fairfax malicious wounding lawyers are committed to ensuring that our clients receive fair treatment under the law. We will work to protect your rights and your future. We know how seriously the Commonwealth prosecutes these cases and can help level the playing field for you.

Contact our Northern Virginia Attorneys Defending Against Assault Charges

When you are facing malicious wounding, unlawful wounding or assault and battery charges, you need to do everything you can to ensure that you are able to secure a positive outcome. Turn to the experienced Fairfax criminal defense attorneys of Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC, in Fairfax, Virginia. To schedule your free initial consultation, call 877-652-1553, or contact us online. We offer a variety of payment plans and accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.


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