It is never okay to put your hands on another person. This is a lesson you probably learned at a very young age. However, for many different reasons, sometimes situations come to blows, which will inevitably lead to an assault charge in Virginia. If you face such a charge, you may wonder what the penalties for it are so you know what to expect when you go to court.
The Code of Virginia explains there are different penalties based on the circumstances of your assault charge. For example, the result of the assault comes into play when the court determines the penalty. A simple assault with minimal injury will carry far less jail time than an assault that resulted in severe injury.
Who your victim is may also affect the penalty. For example, if you assault someone knowing they are an officer of the law, then that would carry a harsher sentence than if you assaulted someone who was not an officer. Another interesting example is if you assault a teacher while he or she is working, it carries more of a penalty than if you assault that teacher when he or she is off the clock.
Assault charges do come with mandatory minimum sentences. This could be as little as two days in jail, but it can also be much more, such as six months in jail.
It is also worth noting that the different circumstances of your situation could also change the classification of the crime. Some assault charges are Class 1 misdemeanors while others can be a felony. There is a wide range in what the prosecutor may charge you with. This information is for education and is not legal advice.