Aggravated Malicious Wounding

Aggravated malicious wounding, as it sounds, is worse than malicious wounding. The primary difference is the impact on the victim. In order to prove aggravated malicious wounding, it must be shown that the victim was “severely injured” and suffered “permanent and significant physical impairment” as a result of the wounding. It is a Class 2 felony.

ยง 18.2-51.2. Aggravated malicious wounding; penalty.
A. If any person maliciously shoots, stabs, cuts or wounds any other person, or by any means causes bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill, he shall be guilty of a Class 2 felony if the victim is thereby severely injured and is caused to suffer permanent and significant physical impairment.

B. If any person maliciously shoots, stabs, cuts or wounds any other woman who is pregnant, or by any other means causes bodily injury, with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable or kill the pregnant woman or to cause the involuntary termination of her pregnancy, he shall be guilty of a Class 2 felony if the victim is thereby severely injured and is caused to suffer permanent and significant physical impairment.

C. For purposes of this section, the involuntary termination of a woman’s pregnancy shall be deemed a severe injury and a permanent and significant physical impairment. Virginia Code Sec. 18.2-51.2 Aggravated malicious wounding; penalty (Virginia Statutes (2019 Edition))