Sentencing Guidelines for Unlawful Wounding

Unlawful wounding, as set forth in Virginia Code section 18.2-51, is a Class 6 Felony. A judge may impose a penalty according to the sentencing guidelines; however, those guidelines are not mandatory.

Unlawful Wounding

A person is guilty of unlawful wounding if he intentionally cuts, stabs, shoots or otherwise wounds another person but does so without malicious intent. Additionally, if a person does act maliciously, his crime may be reduced to unlawful wounding if he acted in the "heat of passion" or was provoked by the victim.

Sentencing Guidelines

Sentencing guidelines allow a judge, when imposing the sentence after an unlawful wounding conviction, to consider the severity of the crime, as well as whether the defendant has a prior criminal history. However, the judge has the discretion to impose a lesser or greater sentence based on the circumstances of the case.

The Sentence

Unlawful wounding is punishable by jail time and a fine. The sentence guidelines set the sentence for a Class 6 felony at a £1,625 fine and a maximum of five years in prison.

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Bernadette A. Safrath is an attorney who has been writing professionally since 2008. Safrath was published in Touro Law Center's law review and now writes legal articles for various websites. Safrath has a Bachelor of Arts in music from Long Island University at C.W. Post, as well as a Juris Doctor from Touro College.