Standing up to Charges for Violent Crimes
Joshua Ellis will fight to prevent the far-reaching toll of a conviction. He knows how to build a strong defense against these serious charges in Virginia. You can turn to him for help with:
- Assault and battery
- Assault of a law enforcement officer
- Domestic assault
- Malicious wounding
- Voluntary and involuntary manslaughter
- Sexual assault
Penalties for Violent Crimes
The range of possible penalties will depend on how serious the charge is. On the lower end of the spectrum, simple assault and battery is a misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 12 months in jail. The same is true of domestic assault. If the assault is committed against certain classes of people, it can come with heightened penalties. Assaults against law enforcement officers, for instance, are felonies in Virginia. Assaults and batteries targeting people for their race, religious conviction, gender, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, or national origin are likewise considered more serious and convictions for such crimes carry heightened penalties.
Whenever significant physical damage is alleged, you could be facing a felony unlawful wounding or malicious wounding charge. These felonies can carry hefty sentences rivaling or even surpassing some sentences for certain murder charges.
If you are facing a charge for violent crime, please reach out for a free consultation. Joshua can help you identify the strongest grounds for challenging the charge.