Virginia Assault and Battery Penalties

Virginia Assault and Battery Penalties
In Virginia, assault and battery has been combined into one offense. Assault occurs if you threaten to harm another person, while battery is the actual act of physically striking or contacting another person. Needless to say, this is a serious offense that carries very serious penalties. If you have been arrested for assault and battery, you need a skilled Virginia defense attorney on your side to help you fight these charges.

The penalties for Virginia assault and battery depend on the type of assault committed and the person who was assaulted. For simple assault and battery, you may be charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor. This offense carries a maximum of one year in jail.

If a person knowingly targets a firefighter, police officer, corrections officer, or other emergency services employee, he or she may be charged with a Class 6 Felony. The penalty for this crime includes a six-month mandatory minimum jail sentence.

If a person targets someone because of his or her race, color, religion, or national origin, this may be labeled as a “hate crime.” This is a felony offense, and carries a 30-day mandatory minimum jail sentence.

Knowingly assaulting a school official, such as a principal, teacher, or guidance counselor will result in a two-day mandatory minimum jail sentence.

In addition to jail time, penalties could also include probation, community service, and fines.

Even after your assault and battery sentence has been completed, you could suffer the effects of a criminal record for a long time. Because your criminal record can be viewed by third parties, your assault and battery charge could come up every time you apply for a job, school, housing, or a loan.

If you are convicted of a felony, you may be prohibited from voting and owning firearms. Convicted felons are also ineligible for jobs in education and government agencies.

Don’t let an assault and battery charge affect the rest of your life. The Tillotson Law Office represents clients facing these serious charges. Our defense attorneys have 100 years of combined experience in defending people accused of Virginia assault and battery.

For a free consultation, please contact our law firm today. We are available 24/7 to answer any questions you may have.


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