Mayhem Lawyer in Richmond

Sophisticated & Reputable Defense for the Accused

Mayhem is generally defined as the violent and intentional maiming or injuring of another person in order to impair or destroy that person's ability to defend him or herself or to hurt an adversary.

Examples of this would include

  • Shooting someone's kneecap
  • Breaking his / her hand
  • Putting out an eye

These injuries would greatly affect the victim's abilities. Shooting off a victim's ear, however, would not constitute mayhem. While it would certainly be painful, it would not render the victim incapable of defending himself / herself or of harming the accused. Of course there would be other charges connected with that offense, which our Richmond criminal attorneys can assist with.

Mayhem is a Violent Crime in Virginia

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, mayhem is considered to be a crime of violence. You will find mayhem under the Uniform Machine Gun Act as well as the "Sawed-Off" Shotgun and "Sawed-off" Rifle Act. Due to the very nature of these extremely dangerous guns and the firepower they possess, they could certainly cause mayhem if fired at another person.

Should this happen and if the accused is found guilty, this would be a Class 2 felony. This crime is punishable by 20 years to life in prison and a fine to not exceed $100,000.00. Information about these penalties and laws against mayhem can be found under the Code of Virginia §§ 18.2-288, 18.2-289, 18.2-299, and 18.2-300. You can also learn more by contacting our Richmond criminal defense lawyers at Carlson & Collier.

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Glen Allen, VA 23060
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