Class of Class 2 Felonies in VA
Felonies are punishable by incarceration in state prison or death in Virginia. Less serious crimes like misdemeanor offenses are punishable by 12 months in prison max. For more info on misdemeanor offense and crimes in Virginia, see Virginia Misdemeanor Crimes by the class and the sentences. In Virginia, felonies are designated from class 1 to class 6 (class 1 being the most serious whereas class 6 being the least serious) but lawmakers may also set detailed terms for certain crimes and offenses. (Va. Ann. Code § § 18.2-8, 18.2-9.)
A Class 2 felony is punishable by jail for 20 years’ to whole life and a fine of $100,000 not more than that. (Va. Ann. Code § 18.2-10.) Aggravated malicious wounding (deliberately causing another significant and permanent physical impairment) is a case of a Class 2 felony in Virginia.
For more info on this crime and related crimes, see Malicious and Unlawful Wounding in Virginia below.
Malicious and Unlawful Wounding
Under the law of Virginia, malicious wounding crime is committed by:
- With the intent to kill, disfigure, maim, or disable.
- causing injury to the victim
People act cruelly if they purposely or deliberately commit a criminal act. Usually, both intent to kill and malice can be inferred based on the condition of the offense.
For example, beating any individual up because the other person touched your car would possibly be considered acting maliciously. If the victim got hurt with very serious injuries, such as a couple of broken bones, then a court or jury would possibly find the intent to kill. (Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-51).
If a defendant causes injury without acting maliciously and without the intent to kill, then the defendant commits the crime of unlawful wounding. In Virginia, unlawful wounding can be a felony or a misdemeanor. For example, if the defendant threw a beer bottle into a group of people and accidentally hit someone in the head that might be considered unlawful wounding. The defendant did not act with malice because the injury was not intentional.
(Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-51).
Causing injury in the commission of a felony
Unlawfully wounding another person in the commission of a felony is also a crime in Virginia, and may be a felony or a misdemeanor. (Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-53).
The crime of aggravated malicious wounding is committed when the victim suffers permanent and significant impairment or the termination of a pregnancy.
For example, cutting someone in the face with a razor and causing permanent scarring would likely be considered aggravated malicious wounding.
(Va. Code Ann. § § 18.2-51, 18.2-51.2).